When Writing Meets Art

A literary reading series since 2011
Eight authors read aloud their poetry, memoir and fiction!

Date:  Sunday, June 27 2021
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location:  The outdoor stage of The Zephyr Theatre
601 Main Street N., Stillwater
(In case of rain, the reading will move to The Zephyr’s indoor stage.)
Tickets:  Donations of $10 or more suggested to benefit The Zephyr Theatre

Refreshments:   Beverages and snacks will be sold from The Zephyr bar and The Zephyr’s outdoor Traintrax concession stand.

Books:  Authors will be signing and selling books after the reading.


We will be following the State of Minnesota’s Covid recommendations and guidelines.

Featured authors

Heidi Barr is co-author of 12 Tiny Things, a guide to living with daily intention; and author of Cold Spring Hallelujah, a poetry collection, and three other non-fiction books. She is a health coach and editor of the Mindful Kitchen, a wellness column in Wayfarer Magazine, and lives near Lindstrom, Minnesota, with her family where they tend a large vegetable garden.

KateLynn Hibbard is author of the poetry collections Sleeping Upside Down, Sweet Weight, and Simples, winner of the 2018 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize. She is the editor of When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwest Experience. KateLynn teaches at Minneapolis College, and lives with many pets and her spouse Jan in St. Paul.

Kathleen Melin is the author of By Heart, a memoir of progressive education. Her work also has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Feminist Parenting, Eric Utne’s Cosmo DooGoods Urban Almanac and other publications. Kathleen is a teacher, presenter, the proprietor of Kindred Farm Retreat, and lives on her ancestral farm in Wisconsin.

Morgan Grayce Willow is author of the poetry collections Dodge & Scramble, Between, Silk, Oddly EnoughThe Maps are WordsArpeggio of Appetite, and Spinnerets. Her lyric essay “(Un)Document(ing),” was nominated for a Pushcart literary prize. Morgan is a certified book artist from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and a teacher at The Loft Literary Center, Community Programs in the Arts, and Minneapolis College. She lives in Minneapolis.

Rondi Atkin lives in Minneapolis with her dog, Sadie, where she writes, reads, practices tai chi, and teaches composition at Minneapolis College.

Rita Schweiss taught reading at Minneapolis College for many years and currently is a reserve teacher at Blake School. Her poetry has appeared in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, Whistling Shade and elsewhere. She enjoys spending time outdoors and at antique malls and flea markets. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, son and daughter.

Jim Swanson has found that writing “brings out the story teller residing inside.” A long-standing student in Elissa Cottle’s creative writing class, he said, “This weekly practice of writing has deeply touched me and given me a new window on life. I feel the stories and poems as I write them and hopefully they will resonate with you.” Jim lives in Stillwater, and he “grows pencils for a living.”

Elissa Ann Cottle is the author of The Receiving Quilt, a forthcoming poetry collection, and her work has appeared in the Nodin Poetry Anthology and other literary journals. She lives in Stillwater, is a mother of two sons, and teaches a private creative writing class. She’s also a working editor, writer, website designer and The Zephyr Theatre’s literary arts producer. Elissa founded and curates this reading series, When Writing Meets Art, celebrating its 10th year.

June 27 @ 2:00 pm
2:00 pm — 4:00 pm (2h)

Outdoor Stage

Elissa Cottle

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