Upcoming Readings, Classes, and Events::

Twin Cities' reading series, Literary Lights,
Blue Harbor

559 Humboldt, St. Paul

The first four for 2018 will be hosted by Donna Isaac and occur the last Sunday of the month
January 28th, 2018     February 25th, 2018     March 25th, 2018     April 29th, 2018
2:00-3:30 p.m.

January 28th, 2018
Celebrates Latinx writers: Diego Rivera, Wendy Brown-Baez, Reynaldo Lara, Marion Gomez, Lupe Castillo, and David Mendez.February's reading

February 25th, 2018
Celebrates African-American writers, Feb. 25th: Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Michael Kleber-Diggs,
Cherish Gibson, Sharon Chmielarz, Brenda Brown Bell, and James Short.

March 25, 2018
Celebrating women and motherhood, March 25th: featuring Haley Lasche, Mike Finley, Janna Knittel, Michael Dean, Linda White, and Laura Vosika

April 29, 2018
Celebrates Poetry Month, April 29: A matinee reading featuring Rosa Peters, Michael Kiesow-Moore, Shannon Schenk, Su Smallen, Stanley Kusonoki, and Paige Riehl

You are cordially invited to Writers' Read
Thursday Dec. 14th, 7:00-8:30, @ the Coffee Shop N.E., 2852 Johnson St. N.E., Minneapolis
Featuring readings by Donna Isaac, Debra Stone, David Bayliss, and Rosalie Peters; hosted by Janaya Martin.

New Class! Seeing and Writing the World with instructor Donna Isaac
The Loft
Open to all levels
December 9th, 2017 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Explore the importance of  "seeing" when we write in order to focus and create our best images for readers. We will read and share excerpts from writers/artists who touch on the idea of sight and seeing; sharpen our diction and figurative language; and learn about what and how to see to write, practicing this art.

Donna will be teaching Creative Nonfiction: The Art of the Lyrical Essay
Oct. 11, 2017
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Blue Harbor, 559 Humboldt Ave., St. Paul, MN
Go to to see more and take a look at the center's offerings!

This class will touch briefly on creative nonfiction and how a writer can focus in on this genre and its many manifestations with a particular emphasis on writing the lyrical essay. Besides reading a few examples of experts in this model, including Annie Dillard and Mark Slouka, the instructor will provide helpful handouts and some time for small group work. The class is open to writers of all levels, although some knowledge of this craft is helpful. (2.00 cash copy fee)

Martin Lake Poets with Donna Isaac
October 19, 2017
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Har Mar Mall, 2100 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN

The Bridges Series will feature readings from Martin Lake writers, including Donna Isaac, Michael Kiesow-Moore, Jen Walls, River Marie Urke, Robert Palmer, and Rick Hilber

All are invited to hear poems from The Martin Lake Poetry Anthology 2016 and new work!

Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota has established a yearly Donna Isaac Creative Writing Award offered to the senior who best shows talent and interest in this fine art. This award is meant to honor Donna Isaac, English and writing teacher for 40 years.  
The 2016 winner was senior Jack Cordero
The 2017 winner was senior Daniel Riehm

Past Readings:

Cracked Walnut Summer Lit Fest 2017 kicks off with a reading at
South St. Paul Library
106 3rd Ave. S. South St. Paul,
6/29, 6:30 p.m. with the theme of Emily Dickinson.
Donna Isaac will host/read for this reading.

Riverview Library, 1 George St., St. Paul, 7/8, 1:30 p.m. Theme: Walt Whitman
Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E., W. St. Paul, 7/27, 7:00 p.m. Theme: Mary Oliver
St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., St. Anthony, 8/3, 6:30 p.m. Theme: Hourglass

Join Red Bird authors
Donna Isaac, Vicky Lettmann, David Oppegaard, Craig Ruhland and Dorothy Schlesselman for an evening of poetry and prose

Friday, June 16, 7:00 p.m.

Artista Bottega, 937 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul Almanac on a Collected Path is now hosting readings from this 2017 edition.
Donna will read

Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:00 p.m

Claddagh, 459 Seventh St. West, St. Paul
Come listen to the latest writings from the Almanac!

Saint Paul Almanac on a Collected Path is now hosting readings from this 2017 edition.

Donna will read

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Java Express Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., #120, St. Paul

Donna will both host and read

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul.

Free Writing Class, March 18, 2017 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
I will be offering a free writing class entitled Seeing and Writing the World
Sponsored by Cracked Walnut
Go to for more information and sign-up

Riverview Public Library meeting room
1 George St. E., St. Paul, MN
Open to teens-adult writers who want to work on ways to add visual detail to their work with an emphasis on poetry.
You may also contact me directly:

Reading March 10-11, 2017

Southern Appalachian Writers' Cooperative
Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
I will read my poem "Summer Job" and other works

December 3rd, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
This event celebrates the publication of Hamline's
rock, paper, scissors
Donna Isaac will be one of the early readers.
Bush Memorial Library on Hamline’s campus

November 3rd, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Red Bird Chapbooks Five Published Authors:
Donna Isaac, Brian Beatty, Paul VanDyke, Barbara Jones, and Nancy Shi-Knodel
Artista Bottega, 937 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN
Donna will read from her chapbook Holy Comforter and will present some new poems.
Come join us for an autumnal  literary celebration and then shop the beautiful art and antiques at Artista!

September 23rd, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Donna will host a Cracked Walnut reading entitled "Edibles"
Artista Bottega,
937 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN
For full information, go to

June 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Cracked Walnut presents "Rustica"
A reading about the rural life.
Donna will read along with other TC writers.
Fresh Grounds
1362 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN

Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
A Cracked Walnut Reading
Subtext Books
6 W. 5th St., St. Paul
, MN 55102

See for more information.

Friday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Red Bird authors including Donna Isaac will be reading at
Artista Bottega
 937 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN
Beautiful art and chapbooks for sale!

Oct. 3, 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Donna Isaac will be selling her chapbooks and some broadsides
Hamline University Alumni Marketplace
Anderson Center's Klas Commons on campus.
Other vendors include various authors, artists, and musicians. Stop by and check out the wares!

May 16th, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
The Cracked Walnut Literary Festival 2015 is on!
(Visit for full listings.)
Saint Thomas Academy
949 Mendota Hts. Rd.
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

June 11th, 2015 3:00 p.m.
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
University of Minnesota
1954 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN
room #380

October 11, 2014
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet  Ave., Burnsville, MN from
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Join Donna and artists Cindy Starkweather-Nelson and Bonnie Cutts at the
for a  gallery showing and Donna's reading a poem inspired by their artwork.

October 11, 2014
State Fairgrounds from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Donna will be available to sign her chapbook
Holy Comforter at the Red Bird Chapbook table

"I Want to Go Out" won honorable mention in the Bloomington City Poetry Contest
"Wedding" was an acknowledged achievement
Winners of the contest will be honored at the Creekside Community Center in Bloomington
Aug. 16th, 2014

Hamline University
Readings by Hamline students, alums, and faculty in the Hamline University Basement
Bush Center
1536 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN
May 17, 6:15 p.m.

End-of-the-year open mic

Cracked Walnut Reading wtih Donna Isaac, Michael Kiesow Moore, Satish Jayaraj, Tom Ferderer and student poets
April 12, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, MN

Red Bird Chapbooks Poetry Reading
Subtext Bookstore
165 Western Ave.
St. Paul, MN
March 27th, 7:00 p.m.

Art Start Gallery is ending Margaret Hasse's poetry reading series, and she will be reading from her latest poems.
Donna will be a part of the open mic session.
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
7:00 pm
1459 St. Clair, St. Paul

Donna will be part of a celebration for Deborah Keenan's new book From Tiger to Prayer (broadcraft press)
Monday, December 9, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Maeve's Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis.

In collaboration with the St. Paul Almanac and Cracked Walnut, Donna will read some of her poetry:
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Claddagh Coffeehouse
459 W. 7th St., St. Paul
7:00 p.m.
This reading will be part of a St. Paul Literary Festival.

Four of Donna's poems are featured on Cracked Walnut's first audio cd, vol. 1, "Departures," found at
Her poems are entitled:
"How Precious Did That Grace Appear," "Facts," "Off My Feed," and "I Want to Go Out." All of the poetry revolves around the theme of loss, leaving, and death.