Benedictine Center offers evening of poetry and music

Four award-winning poets and musicians are coming to the Benedictine Center in Maplewood to offer a “fine frenzy” of an evening filled with poetry and music. Called “In a Fine Frenzy Rolling: Poems and Songs Between Earth and Heaven,” this special event will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $25.

According to Sam Rahberg, director of the Center, participants will experience an evening of fun, playfulness — and mystery. “Poems and songs make invisible things visible by means of an essential playfulness, a keen curiosity and a thirst for mystery,” he explains. The evening features the poems and perspectives of four talents, who invite participants to “come with your thirst for mystery.” 

It will be led by Michael Dennis Browne, two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Joining him are: 

• Sharon Chmielarz is winner of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Prize, first runner-up in the Indie Book Wards in 2011; and a finalist in the National Poetry Series; 

• Angela Shannon, author of Singing the Bones Together, who teaches composition and literature at Bethel University.

• Laura MacKenzie, named a Master Folk Artist by the Minnesota State Arts Board, has won multiple performing arts awards and fellowships.

To register online go to and follow the link to the Benedictine Center. For more information, call 651-777-7251 or email: The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.


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