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Pankake Poetry featuring Deborah Keenan

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual Event
Deborah Keenan

Join the Libraries for the 12th annual Pankake Poetry reading featuring poet Deborah Keenan, the author of 10 collections of poetry. Her book, “Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems,” received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Following the reading, there will be a discussion with Keenan led by Jim Lenfestey.

Free online event. Please make a reservation to receive the Zoom event link.


About the speaker

Deborah Keenan is the author of 10 collections of poetry, a chapbook “and so she had the world,” and a book of writing ideas, “from tiger to prayer,” now sold out of its third printing. She has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships for Poetry, a National Endowment Fellowship for Poetry, The Loft McKnight Poet of Distinction grant, selected by Nikki Giovanni, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. She has been a participant and local mentor in the Loft Mentor series.

Keenan was a professor for 30 years at Hamline University in the Liberal Studies and Creative Writing programs. She has also worked an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University. She has taught poetry at the Loft Literary Center since its inception. Keenan directed the COMPAS artists and writers in the Schools Program. She was the managing editor for local independent press Milkweed Editions, where she worked with founders Emilie Buchwald and Randall Scholes.

Keenan is the founder of the Laurel Poetry Collective, a group of 22 poets and book artists. They published over 30 books and gave readings all over the state of Minnesota. Their letterpress broadsides are part of permanent collections at Carleton College, and the New York Public Library systems.

About the Pankake Poetry Series

The Pankake Poetry Series was named in honor of retired librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University Libraries.

About the Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds

The Friends Forum — an exciting series of events to spark your curiosity and challenge your thinking — is brought to you by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Event details

What: Pankake Poetry featuring Deborah Keenan
When: Wednesday, April 7, 4 p.m. Central Standard Time
Where: Online event. Please make a reservation to receive the Zoom event link.


April 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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