Mixing Melville’s “Moby Dick” w/ contemporary politics, Loren Niemi asks “What is Your White Whale?” at this FREE Spoken Word Cafe event.
March 20, 2021 ~ 7pm CDT ~ FREE event
Loren Niemi will tell a blended story using Melville’s Moby Dick classic as a crucible to examine our current situation in American Culture as obsession and fantasy rein powerful and dangerous. He will ask:
“What is your White Whale?”
While the essence of the story has always been “Man fights whale, whale wins,” Loren has used the elements of a young man’s search for adventure, whaling as an industry, our obsessions and grievances, and homo eroticism which are all present in the novel as a metaphor (or if you would prefer, a Rorschach) for understanding American Culture/ This performance will touch on in our current situation, the creation and pursuit of any number of “white whales.”
Loren Niemi has been telling personal and reconfigured traditional stoires for over four decades now. His work combines vivid imagery with touches of poetry and a sur;prising intimacy. Loren’s recent collection of stories, “What Haunts Us” won a Midwest West Book Award for “Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Hoirror / Paranormal” fiction in 2020
I am reading with other fine writers on Thursday April 12, 2018. I will present a 10-minute selection of various writing. Please come out for a coffee and enjoy live action art!
What: Literary reading
When: Thursday April 12, 2018 ~ 7-8:30pm
Where: The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN
Why: Because it’s fun!
I had my very first official poetry reading at Poets & Pints on March 21, 2018! I was one of four featured writers and read my original work for 15 minutes. If you weren’t able to make it but are interested, my performance was recorded and can be found on my FB writer page:
This was my set:
1st World Problems
Sands of Time
Now, it was not my first time public speaking: I was involved in theater in high school; I have read work at my writers group events and some open mics around town; and I regularly give presentations for my job at regional and national conferences. But it is true… I had never been asked to participate as a featured writer before. This is my debut show!!!
Thank you to all my friends and family (19 people!) for coming out to support me and to Poets & Pints for letting me read!
I am reading with three other fine poets on Wednesday March 21, 2018. I will present a 15-minute selection of poems from my blog. Please come out for a beer and enjoy live action art!
What: Poetry reading
When: Wednesday March 21, 2018 ~ 7-10pm
Where: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN
Why: Because it’s fun!
I am exhibiting at the Twin Cities Book Festival this year as an editor not an author. I am showcasing the posthumous memoir Popcorn from the Void by Todd Park. Unfortunately, Todd is not here to promote the book himself so I will serve as his stand-in. Find me at table 410!
Book Festival special: Buy a book for $10 & get a free 1oz bag of Smartfood popcorn
Location: Progress Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave, Saint Paul, MN.
Date/Time: October 14, 10am-5pm
Download the Twin Cities Book Festival program