Literary Bridges Reading series
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“A new year is a time for looking back and forwards,” says Stan Kusunoki, Co-host/curator of
the Literary Bridges Reading Series. “But I think when it comes to these writers, it is looking in
all directions. The readers include one of my mentors, fabulous peers, and those I have
mentored. Come prepared to see things in a new light!”
The roster includes:
David Mura’s newest book is A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing.
He’s written four books of poetry, The Last Incantations, Angels for the Burning, The Colors of
Desire (Carl Sandburg Award), and After We Lost Our Way (National Poetry Contest
winner). His two memoirs are: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei (NY Times Notable Book
and Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award) and Where the Body Meets Memory. With
Carolyn Holbrook, he is co-editor of the MN BIPOC anthology, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for
Justice from Minneapolis to the World, which launched in November 2021.
Michael Torres was born and brought up in Pomona, California where he spent his adolescence
as a graffiti artist. His debut collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names (Beacon Press,
2020) was selected by Raquel Salas Rivera for the National Poetry Series and named one of
NPR’s Best Books of 2020. His honors include awards and support from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference,
CantoMundo, VONA Voices, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, the
Camargo Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center. Currently he’s an Assistant Professor in the
MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a teaching artist with the
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit him at: michaeltorreswriter.com
Caitlin Bailey received an MFA from Hamline University. Her first book, Solve for Desire, won
the 2017 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry and was published by Milkweed Editions.
Lillian Hewitt is a sophomore at Shakopee Highschool who is involved heavily in the arts. She
began a love of writing stories at a young age, but has recently been using poetry to express
complex emotions. For the future, she hopes to study abroad in Europe and get her work
Morgan Kerber-Folstrom is an Ojibwe writer born and raised in Shakopee, Minnesota. Being
selected for her elementary school's high potential program in 2nd grade, she was taught by
Stanley Kusunoki for multiple years and discovered her love for poetry and writing due to his
teachings. Since then, Morgan has written numerous poems, 2 of which are set to be published
in Stanley's fourth book. In the future, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in psychiatry but still
holds out hope to one day publish her own book.
Literary Lights is the merger between Donna Isaac’s “Literary Lights” reading series, and Stan
Kusunoki’s “Bridges”. Literary Bridges is a reading series focused on bridging and strengthening
connections between people through the joy of the written and spoken word. The series is
committed to presenting readings that celebrate all communities, especially those in MN