An interview with Donna by writer Laura Vosika in conjunction with the book Startled By Joy is now up on her blog:

Upcoming Readings, Classes, and Events


Donna Isaac will read with Stanley Kusonoki's Bridges Reading Series along with other reading hosts/writers from the Twin Cities on
September 19th, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Next Chapter Booksellers
38 South Snelling Ave., St. Paul, M

Donna Isaac, Rico Latino, Diane Jarvenpa, and See More Perspective will read with Ted King's Tributary Reading Series,
Oct. 5th, 2019
Selam Coffeehouse
3860 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Free Poetry Craft Class: Loud, Quiet Writing, The Dynamics of Sound in Poetry
Sign up by contacting Donna Isaac, instructor: by October 6th, 2019
October 12th, 2019
Class is held 10:00 - 12:00 a.m.,
The Irreverent Bookworm
5163 Bloomington Avenue South, Mpls, MN
No fee but donations welcome on day of Class. Ages: young adults-adults with some poetic knowledge. Bring paper, pen, and/or a computer. Class will be canceled if low sign-up. Sponsored by Cracked Walnut.

Literary Lights with Donna Isaac presents Peace & Love: 50 Years After Woodstock, a poetry reading with Mike Finley, Deborah Keenan, Ethna McKieran, Tim Nolan, and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams
Oct. 6, 2019, 2:00-3:30 @ Next Chapter Booksellers
38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.
Donations welcome. Books for sale.

Donna will host her reading series Literary Lights
August 4th, 2:00-3:30 @ Next Chapter Booksellers
38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul
presenting seven winning writers of the St. Paul  Sidewalk Poetry Contest 2019: Zach Wilson, Ellen Fee, Roberto Carmona, Claudia Kane Munson, Dan Schauer, Lauren Dwyer, and Amanda Tran.
Donations requested

The launch of Literary Lights features readers from the new book Startled By Joy, an anthology of traditional verse
July 7, 2:00 @ Next Chapter Booksellers
38 Snelling Ave., St. Paul.
Readers include Donna Isaac (host), Laura Vosika, Michael Dean, Thomas R. Smith, Tekken,
Suzanne Swanson, Sara Dovre Wudali, and Mark Connor.

Literary Lights, a Twin Cities reading series, is now Donna Isaac's own series sponsored by Cracked Walnut of the League of MN Poets to be presented at least four first Sundays of the year at Next Chapter Booksellers on Snelling and Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.

May 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Donna will read with other poetry contributors to
the Cracked Walnut anthology,  After the Equinox in which Donna's poem "Transaction" is included
2001: A Space, 2001 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN

May 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Donna Isaac will read in Writers Read along with Ron Palmer, Terri Ford, Raymond Comper, and Leah Fleming
The Coffee Shop N.E., 2852 Johnson St. N.E., Minneapolis, M

June 2, 2:00 p.m.
Donna will read with other poets who contributed to Upon Waking,
Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis.


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
The 2018 winner was senior Jacob Weinstein
The 2019 winner was senior Sam Cunniff

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