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Barstool Prophets - A Night of Celebrating Literary Excellence

Tuesday, December 5

Doors at 6:00 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m.

The Cabaret at Camp Bar

490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN

Free event with any donations going to the Saint Paul Almanac Club

Please join us for a great night at Camp Bar in St. Paul. They have a wonderful theater, which we will take full advantage of. We will have a full Heavyweight card, featuring: Venus DeMars, Todd Boss, Paula Cisewski, Mike Finley, and Isadora Gruye. Curated and Hosted by Mark Berriman.

Venus de Mars, leader of the iconic glam-punk/trans-band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, [1994-present]. She is a core artist from the 1980’s Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, and along with her wife, the subject of rock-doc Venus of Mars [2004]. She recently toured with Laura Jane Grace and Against Me. Now touring with her first solo-acoustic release; “Flesh and Wire,” Venus is looking forward towards the creation of a new album including full band and solo-acoustic work. In addition to a continuing musical career, Venus is also in the process of writing a memoir.

Todd Boss is a poet, public artist and film producer in Minneapolis. His poetry collections are TOUGH LUCK (2017, W. W. Norton & Co.), PITCH (2012) and YELLOWROCKET (2008). His poems have appeared in THE NEW YORKER, AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, POETRY, and NPR. He is the recipient of McKnight and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award, and the Emily Clark Balch Prize from VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW. His large-scale public artworks include building projections, a temporary installation in the Mississippi River, and a virtual reality train ride through Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of Motionpoems, a nonprofit production company that has turned more than 100 contemporary poems into short films.

Paula Cisewski’s fourth poetry collection, quitter, won Diode Editions’ 2016 Book Prize and her third, The Threatened Everything, was selected for publication in the 2014 Burnside Review Book Contest. Both were released in early 2017. She is also the author of Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and a chapbook of lyric prose, Misplaced Sinister (Red Bird Chapbooks). Cisewski’s work has been honored with fellowships from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches, both academically and privately.

Mike Finley has been a carbuncle on the Twin Cities arts scene for nearly 50 years. He reprises a role he has performed for the New Standards Holiday Show, the University Club, and the Wine Troubadour — the beloved, deranged Christmas Poet.

Isadora Gruye is a writer and photographer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She believes in cartographers and beekeepers but has no need for maps or honey. She is co-founder and editor of Nice Cage Literary Magazine.

Mark Berriman is an author, a poet and artist, and former Publisher of The Stillwater Gazette. His newest book, “That Turned Ugly Fast”, features a foreword by two time Academy Award nominee, Viggo Mortensen. His other works include “Kink in the Chain”, “Brutally Frank”, and “Scar Lit”.

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