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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 live!
Sunday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. CST
presented by Minneapolis Television Network
(
Online with Facebook Live and free to the public.)
Hosted by Ronald Palmer with other readers: Clarence White, Cheryl Wilke, and  Dave Rannow.

Donna Isaac will read in the 2021 Arts Consortium of Carver County's celebration of National Poetry Month
April 21 at 6:30 pm
Please RSVP by April 18, 2021 to poems@artsofcarvercounty.org to receive the Zoom invitation.

Please join Donna Isaac (host) in her Literary Lights reading series on
March 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Central Time
The reading will celebrate Women Poets and Women's History Month with writers: Marge Barrett, Shirley Smith Franklin, Ethna  McKiernan, Terri Ford, and Wendy Brown-Baez. Register at Next Chapter Booksellers

Donna's poem "End of November" will be featured on "Sunday Morning Lyricality,"
a venue that highlights Minnesota editors and poets.
March 21st, 2021
 Poet Beth Spencer selected this poem to present. Archives of other poets' work can also be found at this link.


Literary Lights will host a Zoom reading
Feb. 7, 2021
2:00-3:00 p.m.
honoring Frederick Douglass with writers
Shannon Gibney, IBé Kaba, Chasity Gunn, Banji Lawal, and Raymond Camper,
sponsored by Next Chapter Booksellers.
Go to Next Chapter website for upcoming link.


Donna will be reading for the Bridges' Reading Series (Next Chapter Booksellers) featuring hosts from other readings
Sept. 17th, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
She will read last for this virtual event! https://www.nextchapterbooksellers.com/event.
It's a fantastic line-up of poets.


Literary Lights hosted by Donna will present a Zoom Reading
October 4th, 2:00-3:00, 2020
Featuring the online anthology A Moment of Silence
A Moment of Silence
offers unabashed accounts by Black artists in Minnesota facing the George Floyd uprising and COVID-19.
The anthology shines a light on a rich Minnesota literary community of leaders, activists, politicians, mothers, scholars, youth, and elders who speak truth and resilience at a time when it is needed most.
Featured readers are Abdifatah Farah, Joe Davis, ShaVunda Brown, and Wisdom Young. To register go to nextchapterbooksellers.com and click on the Literary Lights' event on the Oct. calendar or use this link:

https://www.nextchapterbooksellers.com/event/cracked-walnut-presents-literary-lights


Cracked Walnut Literary Workshop, open to anyone interested in having a poem critiqued, will meet at the
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, MN
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
We will meet outside (weather permitting) to social distance. Please bring blanket or chair. Masks required if we need to meet inside. Bring at least six copies of an original poem to share. Donations welcome for the ESFL. Host: Donna Isaac
If you are coming, rsvp to donna@donnaisaacpoet.com
This might be our last outdoor workshop 2020, which has been very fun and successful. Please join us.


Cracked Walnut Literary Workshop, open to anyone interested in having a poem critiqued, will meet at the
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St.
St. Paul, MN
Saturday,  August 8th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
We will meet outside (weather permitting) to social distance. Feel free to bring blanket or chair. Masks required if we need to meet inside. Bring at least six copies of an original poem to share. Donations welcome for the ESFL. Host: Donna Isaac
If you are coming, rsvp to donna@donnaisaacpoet.com if possible.

Cracked Walnut Literary Workshops
Dates: Second Saturdays, March-June 2020
The May 9th workshop has been canceled due to COVID; June 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm is pending.
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Open to anyone interested in having a poem critiqued
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul, MN
Bring at least six copies of an original poem to share.
Donations welcome for the ESFL.
Host: Donna Isaac.


Donna Isaac will be the featured reader for the next
Bird's Nest Poetry Reading
The Eggroll Queen Cafe
1579 Hamline Avenue, Falcon Heights, MN
Sunday, 2/23 6:00-7:30
Poets are welcome to sign up for an open mic at 5:30.
Tributes to poet Mike Finley.

Donna Isaac will launch her new poetry chapbook, Persistence of Vision, reading with Isadora Gruye from her new book, The Ladies' Guide to the Apocalypse along with other new poems at
Subtext Books
6 5th St. W., St. Paul
January 15, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Books for sale and book signing.


The first 2020 Literary Lights' reading will be
Feb. 9th, 2020
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Next Chapter Booksellers
38 Snelling Ave., St. Paul
celebrating February Black History Month, a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance with writers Hawona Sullivan-Janzen, Brenda Brown Bell, James Bernard Short, A. Rafael Johnson, Mary Moore Easter, and Clarence White.
Donations welcome.


Donna will teach a free poetry craft class, Poetic Forms Across Cultures
Feb. 29th, 2020
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Irreverent Bookworm
5163 Bloomington Ave., Mpls.
Sign up by e-mailing Donna Isaac, instructor: donna@donnaisaacpoet.com by beginning of Feb.
Class limited to 12 participants, older teens-adults.
Donations welcome.

March 1st, 2020
2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Join Literary Lights' celebration of Women's History Month with Women from the League of MN Poets
Next Chapter Booksellers
38 S. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN
featuring poets: Denise Alden, Amanda Bailey, Mary Schmidt, Annette Gagliardi, Sara Dovre Wudali, Laura Kozy Lanik, and Linda White.
Donations welcome.


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 Cunnif
The 2020 winner was senior Cason Willman


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