Writers go to the Movies

Series directed by Angela Pelster, Featuring Guests Chris Martin and Kathryn Bastiensen

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets: $6-$12 sliding scale

This new monthly film series will begin with a brief (5-10 minute) introduction of the movie by the writer who will discuss how it has informed or inspired their writing practice. After the movie, the writer and a specialist (someone engaged with the film's themes or subject matter - a dancer/ scientist/ lawyer/ painter/ film scholar/ activist etc.) will have a conversation about the film, writing, art making, and the ways in which different practices inform one another. The audience is invited to participate in the conversation through questions and comments. There will be food and drinks and smart artists saying smart things!

March: Chris Martin showing "Wretches & Jabberers" in conversation with Kathryn Bastiansen.

Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), winner of the 2016 Midwest Independent Booksellers Choice Award; Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011); and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) chosen by C. D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He’s been a writer-in-residence at the Minnesota History Center's Gale Library, a Bartos Fellow at United World College, a reader-in-residence at the South Minneapolis Society Library, and is the recent recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2015 he co-founded Unrestricted Interest, a consultancy and writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of kids and adults on the autism spectrum through poetry and song. He also co-edits Unrestricted Editions, dedicated to transforming poetry and song though the voices of those with autism. He now co-edits Society Editions, a publishing concern at the intersection of politics and poetics.  

Katie Bastiansen is a Special Education Teacher with Intermediate District 287 who works with young adults, 18-21 years old, with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities or Severely Multiply Impaired. Many of her students have one or more additional disabilities such as: Speech/Language, Autism, Physical Impairment, Other Health Disability, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision Impairment, and/or Emotional/Behavior Disorder. Katie’s mission is to prepare students for success in adult life. Her passion is to maximize the learning potential of each one of her students, especially in the area of communication. She holds a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure in Elementary and Special Education from Minnesota State University Mankato and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University of MN.



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