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Open Daily: 10am - 10pm | Alley-side Pickup: 10am - 7pm
3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN

James Crews presents the Path to Kindness

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 PM
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James Crews presents The Path to Kindness, with special guests Margaret Hasse, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Joyce Sutphen, & Connie Wanek


James Crews, editor of the best-selling How to Love the World, presents an all-new anthology of poems that explore the theme of kindness, featuring more than 100 uplifting and accessible poems by a diverse group of well-known and emerging contemporary poets, including Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ross Gay, Ada Limón, Danusha Lameris, Alberto Ríos, and more.

The book features several local contributors who will join Crews for this evening of poetry and community!

The Path to Kindness offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices including well-known writers Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Ríos, Ross Gay, and Ada Limón, as well as new and emerging voices. Featured Black poets include January Gill O’Neil, Tracy K. Smith, and Cornelius Eady. Native American poets include Kimberly Blaeser, Joy Harjo (current U.S. Poet Laureate), and Linda Hogan. The collection also features international voices, including Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave. Presented in the same perfect-in-the-hand format as How to Love the World, the collection includes prompts for journaling and exploration of selected poems, a book group guide, bios of all the contributing poets, and stunning cover art by award-winning artist Dinara Mirtalipova.


James Crews is the editor of the best-selling anthology, How to Love the World, which has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, and is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment. His poems have been reprinted in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and The Christian Century, and in former US poet laureate Ted Kooser's weekly newspaper column, "American Life in Poetry," and featured on Tracy K. Smith's podcast, The Slowdown. He worked with Ted Kooser on "American Life in Poetry," which reaches millions of readers across the world. Crews holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in writing and literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches poetry at the University at Albany and lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont.


Michael Kleber-Diggs is the author of Worldly Things, which was awarded the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. He was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Rain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Midway Review, and North Dakota Quarterly. Michael teaches poetry and creative nonfiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop.

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a small farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; her recent books are The Green House (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). She is the Minnesota poet laureate and professor emerita of literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Connie Wanek was born in Wisconsin, was raised in New Mexico, and lived for over a quarter century in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the author of Bonfire (New Rivers Press), winner of the New Voices Award; Hartley Field (Holy Cow! Press); and On Speaking Terms (Copper Canyon Press). In 2016, the University of Nebraska Press published Wanek’s Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems as part of their Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry series.
Margaret Hasse lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she has been active as a teaching poet, among other work in the community. Six of Margaret’s full-length poetry collections are in print. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Margaret collaborated with artist Sharon DeMark on Shelter, a collection of poems and paintings about refuge. A chapbook, The Call of Glacier Park (2022), is her latest publication.
To learn more, visit her website: MargaretHasse.com.


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