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Susannah Schouweiler

St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 04/06/10 at 11:17 am in response to Some evidence-based ways to boost your creativity

On a related note: local writer Dennis Cass also has a terrific article along these lines, in the current issue of Poets & Writers.

Posted on 09/11/09 at 03:30 pm in response to Three suburban art festivals await visitors this weekend and next

Just got a tip from a reader on a fourth suburban art festival:
the Art at Rice Creek festival. This interdisciplinary annual arts festival is Sunday, September 13, 10 am - 4 pm, at Manomin Park/Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. And indeed, this one does look like a good bet, too: in addition to the expected artist vendors, there will be live music (including a set by Mother Banjo), children's theater by Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, face painting, a quilt raffle, and...

Good questions, all, Michael. Thank you! I'll find out and post a follow-up here shortly.

Posted on 02/26/09 at 12:53 pm in response to Minnesota author Bill Holm, 65, dies

This just breaks my heart. I had the pleasure of working with him a couple of times, and I've rarely met a writer who could more elegantly use language to spin a tale. A lovely man and an even lovelier essayist.

Posted on 02/03/09 at 07:01 pm in response to The gutsiest PR person in town

I think Ms Bahan makes an excellent point about the dearth of nuanced storytelling in arts coverage, actually. It's all too easy for editors and mags to focus primarily on just a pithy thumbs-up/thumbs-down sort of take on one-night's performance. The appeal of such reviews is perennial for a reason: the structure of such a thing is straightforward and relatively easy to knock out quickly. It's much more expensive (in terms of both time and editing) to commission and publish nuanced, labor...

Posted on 01/20/09 at 03:51 pm in response to What did you think of the inaugural poem?

As I listened, I was especially struck by the plainspoken emphasis on industry, the virtue of working-class labor. It echoed the roll-up-your-shirtsleeves sensibility of the President's remarks beautifully.

"Praise song for struggle...Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables." And then there's my favorite line of the poem, put in the mouth of the schoolteacher starting her day, "'Take out your pencils. Begin.'" The evocative economy of language...