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Kolaya and Kildegaard to present a works-in-progress fiction and poetry reading

Posted by Judy Korn on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Fiction writer and poet Chrissy Kolaya and poet Athena Kildegaard will present a works-in-progress reading on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The two writers, both Morris residents, are 2010 recipients of Artist Initiative Grants for literary arts from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a highly competitive award. Kildegaard and Kolaya will read from new work made possible by the award, and audience members will have an opportunity to respond.

Kildegaard, a UMM English teaching specialist, was awarded funding to support the writing of a new book of poems. The grant covered the costs of spending time in her hometown exploring the Minnesota River, conducting research, and writing. Thanks to the grant, Kildegaard has also benefited from the guidance of mentor Jim Moore, a St. Paul poet, in the development of the manuscript.

Kolaya, a coordinator in the UMM Office of Grants Development, received funding to support research for the writing of a novel based on the immigrant experiences of her extended family who immigrated to American from Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Scotland during the early part of the twentieth century, settling in steel towns near Pittsburgh.

The event is co-sponsored by the Briggs Library Associates and the UMM English Discipline. Argie Manolis, UMM Office of Community Engagement coordinator, will facilitate the discussion.

The reading is free and open to the public, and a reception follows the program.

The Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board is an activity funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Photo from left: Kildegaard and Kolaya