A Reading with Rachel Castro, Marion Gomez, Halee Kirkwood, and Patti Kameya

November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm

Writers, poets, and community members: celebrate the (approaching) end of the year by joining Rachel Castro, Marion Gómez, Patti Kameya, and Halee Kirkwood for an evening of nonfiction and poetry at Boneshaker Books.

The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served in the meeting room.

About the readers:

Marion Gómez is a poet and teaching artist based in Minneapolis. She has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Loft Literary Center, and Intermedia Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in La Bloga, Mizna, Waterstone Review, Saint Paul Almanac among others. She is a member of the Latinx spoken word collective Palabristas and works at the Loft Literary Center.

Patti Kameya is a historian escaped from the Los Angeles suburbs. She now forages wild plants and treats historical amnesia in Saint Paul. Her story "Community and Kickboxing in Saint Paul" appears in Saint Paul Almanac: Resistance and Resilience Vol. 12.

Halee Kirkwood is a direct descendant of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, a poet, and a recent graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University. Formerly a corporate mascot and hotel housekeeper, Kirkwood is a writing mentor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a recipient of the Quay-Griggs Critical Writing Award at Hamline University, and was an inaugural Teaching Fellow at the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writing Conference at Arizona State University. Kirkwood was recently selected as a 2019-20 Loft Mentor Series Recipient, and has published in the literary journals Cream City Review, Muzzle Magazine, Up The Staircase Quarterly, ctrl + v, Strange Horizons, and others.

Rachel Castro is a Minneapolis-based essayist and poet. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her nonfiction writing has received support from the Ox-Bow School of Art, the Anderson Center at Tower View as a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist-in-Residence, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She is a 2019 Loft Mentor Series Poetry Fellow.


Rachel Castro is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Boneshaker Books is ADA accessible, with no stairs or steps leading into, or in, the store. We have one single-stall, all-gender restroom. Boneshaker is located off the #2 and 67 bus lines, and is a short distance from the Blue Line light rail. Multiple bikeways provide access to the store, and ample bike parking is available. For people driving, there is plenty of street parking.