Margaret Hasse

Book Launch for Summoned

Saturday, October 16, 2021 • Fine Arts Center • 10:00 am

Rain Taxi is proud to present the book launch for Summoned, a new collection by acclaimed Minnesota poet Margaret Hasse which has just been released by stalwart Minnesota publisher Nodin Press. As the first presenter for the in-person reunion of the 2021 TCBF, Hasse will offer festival attendees an inspiring start to the day, summoning us all to our best selves.  Attendees also receive a free bookmark made especially for this launch!

Margaret Hasse writes poems that “speak against forgetting” with the deft care of a confident poet fully inhabiting her voice, while reasoning that “all writing is invisible ink.” Hasse celebrates anyway—dances in December, mornings with her beloved, poetry, her vibrant younger self, a baby shower, delights in nature, challenges and blessings of the pandemic. But there is a sad wisdom behind her good fortune as Hasse considers days of being white and laments that her privileges are not available to everyone, her adopted sons most of all. These poems are completely present, fully intimate. They offer the hard-earned knowledge of a sharp observer with important things to share, and the skills to share them well. 

—Michael Kleber-Diggs, poet and author of Worldly Things

Margaret Hasse has authored several collections of poems, most recently Between Us, winner of the Midwest Poetry Prize, and Shelter, with art by Sharon DeMark. With Athena Kildegaard she co-edited Rocked by the Waters: Poems of Motherhood, which was released last year. Hasse has received a Loft-McKnight Fellowship as well as poetry grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board. As a teaching poet, she’s helped diverse people write and read poetry in prisons, community centers, nonprofit organizations, and schools.

Hours & Location

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10am to 5pm • Free!

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center and Fine Arts Building
1265 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108