Release Party & Triptych Events

Release month is here! Join us as we honor the power of story, searching, and creativity. And spread the word– particularly for the release party, Saturday, April 23, 7-9 pm at Art House North. (More details below.)

Save the dates:

Art Between: Magic and Failure in Creative Collaboration

Tuesday, April 5th at 10:20-11:00 am
Bethel University Library, Fireside Lounge

April, Kelsey, and the cover designers, Emily Swanberg and Heidi Kao, present on the magic of collaboration and the place of failure in the creative process followed by a time for Q&A. Refreshments provided.

Festival of Faith and Writing

April 14-16th
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Look for us around the Festival of Faith & Writing— certainly wherever Makoto Fujimura, George Saunders, Scott Cairns, Zadie Smith, and Nadia Bolz-Weber happen to be.

We’re collaborating with Ruminate for an off-site event (details to be announced), and Triptych will be available for purchase at the Wipf & Stock table and elsewhere. We’re excited to be part of this gathering of the faith-ful and literary (and to maybe see some tulips).


Thursday, April 21, 10:20-11:00 am
Bethel University Library, Fireside Lounge

April will read from Triptych and take questions. Students and non-students welcome. Refreshments provided.

Release Party!

Saturday, April 23rd, 7-9 pm
Art House North, 793 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102

Music, food and drinks, art-making, and a reading at 7:30. Books will be available for purchase (of course), and all are invited to contemplate, commune and create. Come raise a glass to the written word, the fight for beauty in the world, and the formative power of tenacious questions. Join us– bring a friend; meet some kindred spirits.

Updates and reminders for all events on Twitter (@TriptychMemoir).


A Darn Good Reading: Friday, 7 pm


You know it’s gonna be good when a building is eating your name.

Come on out Friday night to Fall Out Urban Art Center (2609 Stevens Ave. S, Minneapolis).
Doors at 6:30, reading at 7:00. (Free, of course.)

One poet::One poem. This will be a great night to celebrate the Christian literary community and hear some great work. I’m especially excited to be reading with a former student, Rebeccah Carlson, and with some of these honest, impressive, hardworking people:
Daniel Bowman Jr.
Thom Caraway
Susanna Childress
Dave Harrity
Angela Shannon
Sarah M. Wells

Upcoming Reading: Awaiting the Light

Join me Tuesday, December 10, 4-5 pm for an advent literary reading at Bethel University.

I’ll be reading my essay “First Sunday of Advent” as part of this literary and art event reflecting on dark, shadow and light in the advent season.

Step out of your whirlwind of work, sip a cup of tea, and refresh with poetry, scripture and essays among Mary Temple’s Light Installation in Bethel’s Olson Gallery.

Hope to see you there–