Fireside Reading Series: Laurie Allmann
An Hour from Now (Poetry)
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About the Book
This collection of poems, steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, offers intimate glimpses of a natural world that has its own integrity and value apart from our comprehension of it. The author describes everything from the behavior of birds to the flight of butterflies, from astronomical events to weather patterns and the movements of salamanders. Using an approach reminiscent of the Imagist poets of the early twentieth century, she asks questions while avoiding the rhapsodizing that the observation of natural phenomena can so easily inspire.
About the Author
Allmann is a St. Croix Valley-based environmental writer, essayist, and poet. She received a Minnesota Book Award for her creative nonfiction book, Far From Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent, a collection of essays based on ecoregions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Her essays have been featured in public radio commentaries on MPR and KFAI, and published in numerous anthologies. She has been a course instructor for The Loft Literary Center and is a founding coeditor of Agate magazine.
About the Series
With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, cozy up for six weeks of free readings. The Fireside Reading Series, one of The Friends’ longest-running and most popular events, annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year.
This season, we’re asking our Fireside authors to talk about what our natural environment means to them. Our goal is to complement the citywide conversation happening this winter as part of Read Brave Saint Paul, an intergenerational reading program whose 2020 theme is our climate crisis.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided upon request with two weeks advance notice.
2020 Fireside Lineup
Wednesday, January 22
William Kent Krueger, This Tender Land
Wednesday, January 29
John Coy & Gaylord Schanilec, My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story
Wednesday, February 12
Laurie Allmann, An Hour from Now
Wednesday, February 19
Anika Fajardo, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family