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Luther College to host Lutheran Festival of Writing Oct. 29-31


Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa- Creative writers will gather, present readings of their work and lead discussions about writing and the writer's life at "The Vibrant Word: A Lutheran Festival of Writing," Oct. 29-31 at Luther College.

The event celebrates the literary work done by practicing Lutherans, Lutheran writers teaching in non-Lutheran colleges, writers at ELCA colleges and a range of editors and publishers. Through readings, lectures, panel discussions and an open-mike event, the three-day festival aims to support and encourage writers and to cultivate a community of writers and readers in the Lutheran world.

"The Vibrant Word" is the second triennial festival. The first festival was held at Luther College in 2007.

For complete prices and registration information visit website: https://reason.luther.edu/lutheranfestivalofwriting/register.

This year's festival keynote speakers are Robert Cording and Rene Steinke. Cording is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry, and Steinke's novel ,"Holy Skirts," was finalist for the National Book Award.

Keynote events will be open to the public without registration.

Fiction writers new to the festival in 2010 include: Mark Mustian, David Oppegaard, Pamela Johnston and Thomas Maltman.

Poets participating in the conference for the first time include :John Graber, Barbara Crooker, Cass Dalglish, Philip Bryant, Diane LeBlanc, Vince Wixon, Susanna Childress, Katy Giebenhain, Joe Wilkins, Cary Waterman and Steven Schroeder.

Other writers reading their work include creative non-fiction writer David Faldet and returning drama and fiction writers Nancy Barry and Walter Wangerin.

Other presenters returning from the 2007 Lutheran Festival of Writing include: creative writers Lauri Anderson, Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Gary Fincke, Carol Gilbertson, Gracia Grindal, Patrick Hicks, Robert Schultz, Paul Shepherd and Amy Weldon.

The Rev. Norene Smith, co-pastor of Bay Shore Lutheran Church, Whitefish Bay, Wis., will preach at the Reformation Day service Sunday morning. Smith was campus pastor at Luther College from 1991-97.

The Festival's panel discussions will include: "Art, Idea, and Belief," "The Past as a Foreign Country," "Networking for Readers and Writers," "A Sense of Place" and "Thoughts on Editing and Publishing."

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The Art of Food at Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will feature work by 32 regional artists in a juried exhibit entitled "The Art of Food" to be held October 23 - December 23, 2010. Art will range from photography to paper mosaic to watercolor to printmaking to jewelry. The exh ..... 
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Renda Sacquitne honored through Vesterheim donation

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa-Family and friends of the late Renda Sacquitne, Decorah, have donated two benches to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's Open Air Division as a memorial in her honor.

Renda Sacquitne was a Vesterheim volunteer who led tours ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high s ..... 
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Find out what Vesterheim's hiding on a "Free Thursdays" tour

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - "Only a fraction of Vesterheim's remarkable collections are on public display at any one time," said Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim volunteer coodinator. "Come for a special tour to see the rest."

Join Vesterheim Norwegian-Am ..... 
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The Passion of the Hausfrau at the Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - The Commonweal Theatre hosts The Passion of the Hausfrau -- the next event in its "Commonweal Presents" series -- on Tuesday, October 5th, and Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm. Performed by Bess Welden, The Passion of the Hausfrau ..... 
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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra to perform in Lanesboro

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Arts Center is pleased to present the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclecti ..... 
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Luther professor and student launch horticulture program for residents of care center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Gardening has healing powers.

Residents of a Decorah care center experienced those healing powers when they participated in a 12-week gardening project designed and conducted this summer by Stephanie Travers, Luther College a ..... 
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Family fun at Seed Saver's Harvest Festival on October 2

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Join Seed Savers Exchange for their annual Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from noon to 4 pm. Attend garlic planting and seed saving workshops, tour the seed processing facilities, listen to bluegrass music, go on hay ..... 
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