Category Archives: Literary

Book Launch /Author Reading

Tuesday | June 27 | 4:30-6:00pm
Blue Heron Coffeehouse

Kathleen Peterson, writing under her family name of Kathleen Kenney, has published a novel set in Ireland with Doubleday. “Quiet and lyrical, Girl on the Leeside is a slim, beautiful debut about one woman taking her place in the world.” Shelf Awareness review.

About Girl on the Leeside:

Siobhan Doyle grew up with her Uncle Kee at their family pub, The Leeside, in rural Ireland. Kee has been staunchly overprotective of Siobhan ever since her mother’s death in an IRA bombing, but now that she’s an adult, it’s clear that in protecting her Kee has unwittingly kept her in a state of arrested development. The pair are content to remain forever in their quiet haven, reading and discussing Irish poetry, but for both Siobhan and Kee fate intervenes.

A visiting American literary scholar awakens Siobhan to the possibility of a fulfilling life away from the Leeside. And her relationship with Kee falters after the revelation of a family secret. In the face of these changes, Siobhan reaches a surprising decision about her future. Lyrical and heartfelt, Kathleen Anne Kenney’s Girl on the Leeside deserves a place alongside contemporary literature’s best-loved coming-of-age novels.

Kathy Peterson is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit


Ohio River Blues

Friday | May 19 | 7:30 – 8:30pm Minnesota Marine Arts Museum An evening of songs and poems inspired by the hard-scrabble life of sharecroppers and factory workers in the Ohio River Valley during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Jim Armstrong has taken the story of his grandfather and put it to… Continue Reading

Poetry Triple Header – Tuesday, April 4

Reading By Mark Wunderlich, Installation Of Poet Laureate And Associate Laureate, Followed By Student Reading At Blue Heron. At 5pm on Tuesday April 4, Mark Wunderlich will give a reading of his work at WSU’s Krueger Library, Mr. Wunderlich was born in Winona and grew up near Fountain City. He is the author of three… Continue Reading

RAA Writer’s Workshop

Interested in honing your creative writing skills? RAA is sponsoring the River Arts Writer's Workshop on Saturday, April 8 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Winona State University. There are four sessions: Creative Non-Fiction with Professor Debra Cumberland; Fiction with local Novelist Kathy Peterson; Poetry with Winona’s Poet Laureate, Ken McCullough; and Playwriting with Professor… Continue Reading

Laureate Writers Series – March 2017

Jim Armstrong to Present “Works In Progress” At 7pm on Tuesday, March 7th, Jim Armstrong will read from his latest poetry and perform some of the songs he is writing for a SEMAC-funded project about his grandfather.  The audience will get an inside look at the creative process. The presentation will take place at the… Continue Reading