Location: The Loft, Performance Hall, 1011 Washington Avenue South
The Loft Literary Center proudly presents a 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Ayana Mathis and participants Elizabeth Meyers and Michael Torres.
Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Books of 2013 and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Mathis taught Creative Writing at The Writer's Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn.
Elizabeth Meyers was born and raised in northern Wisconsin. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Northland College and now lives on the eastern edge of Minnesota in the St. Croix River Valley. She writes poetry and short fiction that often focuses on rural life.
Michael Torres is a CantoMundo fellow, born and brought up in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in The Acentos Review, BOAAT, Forklift, Ohio, Huizache, Miramar and Paper Darts among others. Torres is the recipient of a 2016 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Currently he lives in Mankato, Minnesota, where he teaches creative writing and hosts art workshops for homeless youth at the Reach drop-in center. $10 ($5 members).
Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).