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Exploring the Elemental with Julia Klatt Singer & Jon Lurie


Julia Klatt Singer is the poet in residence at Grace Neighborhood Nursery School and a rostered artist for Compas. She is co-author of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul, (Coffee House Press), and author of four books of poetry; In the Dreamed of Places, (Naissance Press), A Tangle Path to Heaven, and Untranslatable, (North Star Press), and her most recent chapbook, Elemental, published by Prolific Press. She has co-written two dozen songs with composers Tim Takach and Jocelyn Hagen. Ms. Singer’s son likes to describe her as a long-haired, sweater-wearing poet and thief.

Elemental, by Julia Klatt Singer, is a set of poems written to the periodic table of elements. They are poems based on the nature and properties of the elementals, and how they become a part of our lives, both lived and imagined. Like the periodic table itself, they are about relationships, and what is triggered in the nearness of one another. Elemental is published by Prolific Press.

Jon Lurie is the author of the memoir Canoeing with José. He is also the coauthor, with Clyde Bellecourt, of The Thunder Before the Storm, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Lurie has worked as a wilderness guide, as a teen adviser at a Native American journalism program, and as an editor at the Anchorage Press and The Rake. His journalism has been published in a wide range of publications including Metro magazine. A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Lurie has taught creative writing at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, where he currently teaches experiential learning. He serves as director of the Mother of Waters Project, a cultural outreach program that combines experiential learning with arts education, focusing on the health of Minnesota’s fresh water resources. He lives on an island in the Mississippi River, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.