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Red Bird Reading

Four local Red Bird authors share their work. This will be a night of fictions and truths, poetics and candor. Please join these writers in celebration of their work:

Brian Beatty
Alison Morse
David Oppegaard
Paul Van Dyke

Brian Beatty’s poems have appeared in print and online publications in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the U.S., as well as in public art projects and on public radio. 

Redbird Chapbooks will publish a book of Alison Morse's short-short stories in 2016. Her poems and prose have been widely published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies and her story, "Romm Press," won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award. Alison is presently collaborating with visual artist Rachel Breen on "The Price Of Our Clothes," a multi-media collaborative project about the garment industry. A descendant of immigrant garment workers, she is writing a suite of poems and recording sound collages for the "The Price Of Our Clothes," which has received support from the Rimon Foundation and the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

David Oppegaard is a novelist who lives in St. Paul, MN. He is the author of The Firebug of Balrog CountyAnd the Hills Opened UpWormwood, Nevada, and The Suicide CollectorsThe Firebug of Balrog County was a finalist for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award and The Suicide Collectors was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His website can be found at

Paul Van Dyke is an Army veteran of Iraq and a recipient of the Purple Heart. His work has appeared in Water ~ Stone Review, War, Literature, & the Arts, O-Dark Thirty, and Revolver. He is currently working on a memoir about his time in Iraq, and a novel about professional wrestling.