What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.

With his wife Monica, DeGrazia has co-edited two anthologies for Nodin Press of Minneapolis, Twenty-Six Minnesota Writers (1995) and Thirty-Three Minnesota Poets (2000), both of them Minnesota Book Award nominees. He recently published his first collection of poetry, Seasonings, as well as his first collection of essays, Burying the Tree. There will be a booksigning after the event.

Currently an emeritus professor of English at Winona State University, DeGrazia has twice served as the Poet Laureate of the City of Winona. In his long career as a teacher, editor, and impresario of two popular reading series (in Plainview and Winona), has been a friend and mentor to countless Minnesota writers.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Carleton Slam Poetry Collective, and St. Olaf Poetry House.