March Literary Bridges
Literary Bridges marks 50 years of the Onionskins, a writing group, Mar. 5th, 2:00-3:30, Next
Chapter Booksellers, 38 Snelling Ave South, St, Paul, MN, featuring Pat Barone, Carol Masters,
Sharon Chmielarz, Donna Isaac, Mary Kay Rummel, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Kate Hallett
Dayton. Host Donna Isaac states: "It has been my privilege to be part of this writing group for
several years, but it has been around for 50, so it's time to honor that dedication. We will also
remember Ethna McKiernan, who sadly passed away, but who was integral to the group, and
Margaret Hasse, who will be out of town. Since it is Women's History Month, how fitting to
celebrate these talented, brilliant women poets!"
About the readers:
Sharon Chmielarz was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota but has spent most of her
adult life in Minnesota. In 2021, she was honored as a South Dakota Poet of Merit. Kirkus
Reviews has described her poetry as "thoughtful, bold, humorous, earthy, and humane" and
named her books The Widow's House (2016) and The J Horoscope (2019) one of the 100 Best
Indie Books for those years. Her 13th published poetry book is Speaking in Riddles (2021), and a
new book, Duet in the Little Blue Church, is forthcoming in the spring of 2023.
Norita Dittberner-Jax is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently, Now I Live
Among Old Trees. Her last collection, Crossing the Waters (2017, Nodin Press) won the
Midwest Book Award in Poetry. Norita has won awards and fellowships for her work as
well as nominations for a Pushcart Prize. Her new and selected poems, World Enough
and Time, will be published in March by Nodin Press. Norita is one of the poetry editors
for Red Bird Chapbooks.
Kate Hallett Dayton published a poetry collection Salt Heart with Nodin Press, and two of those
poems were published in Nimrod International Journal, Awards 34. Her chapbook, Catalpa, was
published by Green Fuse Press, and Pudding House Publications released her chapbook, Missing.
She received an Award of Merit in Byline’s Poetry Chapbook Competition; ten poems from
Missing earned her a finalist position for the Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.
Her poetry, short stories, profiles, memoir, reviews, essays and travel pieces have been published
in American Voices, Flyway, The Star Tribune, The Minnesota Monthly, North Coast Review,
Passages North, Whistling Shade, and more.
Mary Kay Rummel’s ninth poetry book, Nocturnes: Between Flesh and Stone, was published
by Blue Light Press of San Francisco. Her first book, This Body She’s Entered, won a Minnesota
Voices Award from New Rivers Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. She
also won a mentor award from The Loft. The Lifeline Trembles won the Blue Light Award from
Blue Light Press and Love in the End was a chapbook award winner from Bright Hill Press.
Mary Kay has read her poems in many venues in the US, England, and Ireland. She is a Poet
Laureate emerita of Ventura County, CA., and a founding member of the Ventura County Poetry
Project. Retired from the University of MN and Cal State University, she divides her time
between St. Paul and Ventura.
Poet Donna Isaac is a teaching artist and organizer of community readings and workshops
through the League of MN Poets' chapters. She co-hosts Literary Bridges, a reading series in St.
Paul, MN. Published poetry work includes Footfalls (Pocahontas Press); Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press); Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks); and Persistence of Vision (Finishing Line Press),
and many poems in literary journals. donnaisaacpoet.com
Carol Masters was an original Onionskin and keeps writing when she's not in jail or cutting up
at the capitol. She is the author of Peace Terrorist, short stories (New Rivers, 1994), You Can't
Do That: Marv Davidov, Nonviolent Revolutionary (Nodin Press, 2010) and Dear Descendent
(Nodin Press, 2019).
Patricia Barone feels that being a member of Onionskins for 47 years has enhanced both her life
and her work. She will soon publish a poetry collection with Blue Light Press. Your Funny,
Funny Face and The Scent of Water were also published by this press. Her recent collection, The
Music of this Ruin, came from Taj Mahal Review/ Cyberwit, and New Rivers Press published
Handmade Paper and The Wind. She has received a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in
Poetry, a Minnesota State Arts Board Opportunity Grant for a workshop with Irish poet, Eavan
Boland, and a Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Award for a short story.