Category Archives: Literary

Laureate Writers Series Open Mic

Tuesday | June 4 | 7:00pm
Blue Heron Coffeehouse

“First Tuesday,” The Laureate Writers Series, will have an OPEN MIC on June 4. The theme for the Open Mic is CLIMATE CHANGE. We will not have a featured reader this month, but have one scheduled for July.

Show up and get your name on the list to read, recite, sing or play. This can be poetry, fiction, memoir, song or some combination thereof or an instrumental. The work can be yours or the work of someone else. Bring your instrument(s) along. The limit for each person is FIVE MINUTES. This includes your rambling introduction, so stick to the time limit, please, as a courtesy to the other readers/performers. Your work may be earth-shattering but the limit is five minutes, nonetheless. Stick to the theme if you can—if you can’t you may read something else. The event is co-sponsored by the Blue Heron and the City of Winona and is free and open to the public.

The Laureate Writer’s Series is sponsored by the City of Winona’s Fine Arts Commission. The City of Winona is a partner of River Arts Alliance.


UndocumentedGreat Lakes Poets on Social Justice

Thursday | May 30 | 5:00pm Bell Art Room | Winona Public Library Five Poets Laureate will read in celebration of the anthology Undocumented—Great Lakes Poets on Social Justice, just published by Michigan State University Press. The book is organized around themes from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community… Continue Reading

SHIFT~ a performance salon with poet Mai’a Williams and musician woolen lover

Saturday | May 18 | 7:00-9:00pm Infinity Yoga Studio | 119 W 3rd St SHIFT ~ a performance salon with poet Mai’a Williams and musician woolen lover. Curated by Sharon Mansur ~a cozy evening of poetry, music, lively conversation & tasty snacks. Cost: $8 suggested donation at the door, no reservations needed! about Mai’a:… Continue Reading

Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group

Monthly | Second Friday | 3:30-5:30pm Next Meeting: Friday | May 10 Winona Public Library | Youth Programming Room Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction? Check out the Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group that meets every second Friday of the Month through the summer of 2019 (details above). Each month participants… Continue Reading

Margaret Shaw Johnson to Speak at Laureate Writers Series

Tuesday | May 7 | 7:00pm Blue Heron Coffee House | 162 E 2nd St Playwright Margaret Shaw Johnson will present a “page to stage” talk about her upcoming play “Mister James & Mister Jeff” at the May Laureate Writers Series. Depending on rehearsal demands, her presentation may be followed by short readings from… Continue Reading

Winona Writer’s Group

Friday | April 12 | 3:30pm Winona Public Library Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction? Great River Writes-Winona is starting a writers group and we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want from the group, work on writing prompts, and review the writing critique process. Great River Writes and the… Continue Reading

March 2019 Historical Fiction Cover Contest

Terri Karsten’s first novel, A Mistake of Consequence, has won the March 2019 Historical Fiction Cover Contest run by award-winning author and blogger, Pam Lecky. ( The novel follows the adventures of Callie Beaton, kidnapped from Scotland, carried across the Atlantic Ocean, and sold as an indentured servant in the American Colonies. Desperate to… Continue Reading

Laureate Writers Series – December 2018

Book Launch of Mai’a Williams Memoir Tuesday | December 4 | 7:00pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse The December Laureate Writers Series will feature a Book Launch of poet, performance artist and radical activist Mai’a Williams’ new memoir This is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century. The event will be… Continue Reading