Readings and Events


February 7, 2023.  7:00 pm. Laureate Writers Series presents Su Smallen Love. At the Blue Heron Coffeehouse, 162 W. 2nd Street, Winona, MN. Sponsored by the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest in partnership with the Blue Heron Coffeehouse.

Fall 2023. Lewis Mundt presents poetry and conversation with Su Love in Alexandria MN. Check back for updates.

Fall 2023. Red Wing Arts presents poetry and conversation with Su Love in Red Wing MN. Check back for updates.

Past Events: 

September 19, 2022. 4:00 pm. Publication reading, All You Need Is One Avocado,  in a Saint Paul, Minnesota garden. 

October 9, 2021. 9:00 am. Nature Poetry Reading at Belwin Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary.

September 26, 2021. 4:00 pm. River’s Edge Performance Series in a Minneapolis garden. Contact

July 5 – July 19, 2021. Science Museum of Minnesota, “Artist at Pine Needles Gallery” featuring poetry from You This Close with art by Jessica Zeglin. 

June 5th – 6th, 2021. April Sellers Dance Collective at Caponi Art Park premiered Rumble Strips, a dance experience with text adapted from The Memoir of Mona Lisa.  

December 13, 2019. 7:00 pm. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, curated by Michael Kleber-Diggs. Reading of all 14 sections that make up the title poem of The Memoir of Mona Lisa, with guest readers Michael Kleber-Diggs and Sara Dovre-Wudali.

Oct 15, 2019. 7:30. Readings by Writers at the University Club, curated by Tim Nolan. 

Oct 1, 2019. Visiting with students at the College of St. Scholastica College, Duluth MN. 

May 28 – 31, 2019. Reading at the Unamuno Author Festival, Madrid, Spain, sponsored by Desperate Literature. Interview by Joanne Diaz with The Paris Review

May 27, 2019. Reading from The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems in Limerick, Ireland, sponsored by Salmon Poetry

May 25-26, 2019 Ennistymon Book Festival, Ireland. Reading from The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems, sponsored by Salmon Poetry

April 28, 2019 (Sun) 1:00-2:00 pm. Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center in Prescott, WI: Poetry reading on the theme of rivers and watersheds.

April 26 (Fri). 7:30. The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems publication reading with poetry-dance films. Target Performance Auditorium, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis. Doors open at 7:00, program at 7:30, followed by book signing and reception.

April 8 (Mon). Visiting with students at University of Minnesota-Morris.

April 7 (Sun). The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems publication reading with poetry-dance films at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Time to be announced. 

April 3 (Wed) 7:00. The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems publication reading with poetry-dance films. Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. Doors open at 6:00, program at 7:00, followed by book signing.

March 30 (Sat) 11am – 12. The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems book signing at Salmon Poetry Booth 4054, AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon.

March 30 (Sat) 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Salmon Poetry onsite reception Alaska Room, Portland DoubleTree Level 1 S315. 

March 29 (Friday) 4:00-5:00 pm. Green Writers Press release of Weight of Light, book signing at Table 9022, AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon. 

March 29 (Friday) Salmon Poetry release of The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems. Off-site reading at Kells Irish Pub, 8pm – 10pm.  AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon.

March 28 (Thurs) Noon – 1:15pm. Salmon Poetry Book Fair Stage Reading and Signing, AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon. 

July 25, 2018. Common Good Books, St. Paul MN, with Lynette Reini-Grandell.

June 22, 2018. Sister Arts, exhibit opening, anthology launch, and reading, Hastings WI.

April 29 2018. Literary Lights, St. Paul MN.

Oct 27 – 30, 2017. The Unamuno Author Series, Madrid, Spain. Readings and interviews. 

June 7, 2017. Reading with Haley Lasche at Honey, Minneapolis MN.

April 24, 2017. Visiting writer at Century College, St. Paul MN.

April 18, 2017. Interview at Write On Radio, with Rachel Moritz and Amy Fladeboe.

Feb 15. Reading at the Rural America Arts Center, Plainview MN.

Dec 8. Reading at Subtext Books, 7pm. With Margaret Hasse, Athena Kildegaard, and Tim Nolan.

Nov 12. Chapter2Books Meet and Greet, 1-3pm, Hastings.

Oct 24. Su Smallen’s Double Book Launch, 7pm, The Republic, Minneapolis. Celebrate the publication of two books by Su Smallen: Kinds of Snow and You This Close. Live music by The House of Hello.

Oct 21. Reading with Elizabeth di Grazia, 7pm, Klas Center, Hamline University, St. Paul. Su reading from Kinds of Snow and Elizabeth reading from House of Fire.

Oct 16. Morning Mingle, Twin Cities Book Festival, 10am-11am, State Fairgrounds. Su will be among two dozen Minnesota authors signing their new books – it’s the first public appearance of Kinds of Snow and You This Close!  Su will also be at the Red Dragonfly Press table to sign books from 11-12 noon.

Sept 16. The New Sh!t Show, 8pm, Fox Egg Gallery, Minneapolis. Get a sneak preview of Kinds of Snow and You This Close.

June 2, 2016. Publication reading, If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, anthology edited by James Lenfesty. Minneapolis.

Red Dragonfly Press Reception at AWP 2015. Hosted by Su Smallen at Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis.

October 29, 7pm, 2014. White Space Poetry Project at Intermedia Arts. An ASL-interpreted, family friendly event with music, film, and poetry.

November 7, 7pm, 2014.Water~Stone Review Publication reading at Hamline University, St. Paul MN

November 14, 9am-3pm, 2014. I’ll be selling and signing books at the Ole Bazaar, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN

November 21, 7pm, 2014. Reading with Sean Bishop at Common Good Books, St. Paul MN

Twin Cities Book Fest 2014, signing books at three press tables: 2-3 White Space Poetry, 3-4 Red Bird Chapbooks, 4-5 Red Dragonfly Press. At the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Oct 11, 2014

May 18, 2014. Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul. Su Smallen, Kathleen Jesme, Peter Campion, and Anna George Meek read from their recent books. 308 Prince Street, at the corner of Prince (4th Street) and Broadway in Lowertown.

Rural Arts America, March 18, 2014. Jon Hassler Theater, Plainview Minnesota

Duvall Poetry, March 5, 2014. Duvall, Washington

Festival of Language, February 26, Seattle Washington

December 7, 2013 Anderson Center’s Holiday Celebration of the Arts: with Mike Hazard, Scott Lowery, and Su Smallen. 

November 15, 2013 St Croix Watershed Research Station, 7pm, Artists in Residence: Poetry and Painting, with Su Smallen and Jessica Zeglin

November 19, 2013 Common Good Books, 7pm, Tom Hennen and Su Smallen Reading

October 23, 2013 St. Olaf College, 3:30pm, Panel on the Craft of Creative Writing with Su Smallen, Juliet Patterson, Kaethe Schwehn, Diane LeBlanc, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Ben Percy. 

October 22, 2013 St. Olaf College, 7pm. Creative Writing Faculty reading with Su Smallen, Juliet Patterson, Kaethe Schwehn, Diane LeBlanc, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Ben Percy. 

August 3, 2013 – Keynote Speaker, “Peace” Conference of The Great American Women’s Getaway, Chaska MN

July, 2013 – Artist in Pine Needles Residency, Marine on St. Croix, MN

April 20, 2013 – 7pm: Reading as one of many in the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read, Hamline University’s Anderson Center

April 16, 2013 – 7pm: Carol Connelly Series at the University Club, St. Paul MN

April 12, 2013 – 7pm: Headliner for the monthly open mike poetry reading at the Brick House Coffee Shop, Austin MN – Cancelled due to snow storm.

April 11, 2013 – 7pm: Solo Reading, University Center Rochester, Rochester MN

April 2, 2013 – 6:30pm: Cracked Walnut Series Reading, Nina’s Cafe, 165 Western Ave N, Saint Paul MN

February 18, 2013 – 7pm: Cracked Walnut Reading Series, Coffee Grounds Cafe

October 29-30, 2012, Visiting Artist at Gustavus Adolphus College. 

October 29, 2012, Reading with Athena Kildegaard, Gustavus Adophus College.

May 22, 2012 7pm, Common Good Books – at their new location Grand and Snelling

Poets Su Smallen and Athena Kildegaard read from their work

Two of the nominees for the 2012 Minnesota Book Award for poetry visit Common Good Books to share their work.
Su Smallen is the author of Weight of Light (Laurel Poetry Collective), nominated for thePushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, and Buddha, Proof(Broadcraft Press) a Minnesota Book Award 2012 finalist. Other awards  include the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Su’s poems and essays appear in  many journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, notably Midway Journal, Water~Stone Review, Collecting Life, and Body of Evidence.
Athena Kildegaard is the author of three books of poetry, Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a Minnesota Book Award finalist), and Cloves & Honey. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cream City Review, Malahat Review, Tar River Poetry, Mid-American Review, Faultline, and in several anthologies. She is the recipient of the LRAC/McKnight  Fellowship and grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the  Minnesota State Arts Board. Kildegaard teaches at the University of  Minnesota, Morris.

May 22, 2012 7pm, Common Good Books
38 S Snelling Ave, (corner of Snelling and Grand), St. Paul MN

March 16, 2012 at 7pm, at The Loft: Reading

Finalists for all categories of the Minnesota Book Awards give short (5 min) readings or presentations about their books. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

The Loft at Open Book
1011 Washington Av. S., Minneapolis, MN

March 18, 2012 at 6pm, at Local D’Lish: Fundraiser
Fundraiser for Broadcraft Press, publisher of Buddha, Proof. Your free will donations not only get you crafty grub, but a chance at some particular treasures, while giving us the chance to work toward our goals.

Local D’Lish
208 N. 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN

April 10, 2012 at 7:30pm, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers: Reading
Su Smallen, Jim Moore, Ed Bok Lee, Athena Kildegaard:
All four finalists for the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry will read. Books for sale and signing .

3038 Hennepin Avenue South  Minneapolis, MN
(612) 822-4611

April 11, 2012 at 10am, at North Hennepin Community College: Reading
Open to the public, free. Sponsored by the English Department. Books for sale and signing.

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

April 14, 2012 at 7pm, at Crowne Plaza: Minnesota Book Awards Gala
Celebration and announcements of award winners. Books for sale and signing.

April 17, 2012 at 7:30pm, Carol Connolly Reading by Writers Evening: Reading
Eight writers reading at the University Club, including Su Smallen, Todd Boss, and Kris Bigalk. There’s a cash bar in a nearby room, and if you come early enough you can also get dinner. (Reservations at 651-222-1751.)

University Club
420 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN

April 20, 2012 at 1:00pm, at Century College: Reading Open to the public, free. Books for sale and signing. Sponsored by the English Department.

Century College (West) “The Nest” Student Center 3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN

April 23, 2012 at 6pm, at Wabasha Public Library: Reading and Talk Sponsored by SELCO (the Southeast Library Cooperative) with support from the Legacy grant.

Wabasha Public Library Wabasha, MN

April 25, 2012 at 7pm, at The Loft: Laurel Poetry Collective Anthology Publication Reading Laurel Poetry Collective celebrates their long and successful publishing career with a final anthology, BODIES OF EVIDENCE. Readings by most collective members.

The Loft at Open Book 1011 Washington Av. S., Minneapolis, MN 612-215-2575