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St. Paul – Minnesota Writers Series: Wild Things

March 31, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Composite image with a photo of author Lynette Reini-Grandell with her trans-spouse Venus DeMars and the cover to her book, "Wild Things: A Trans-Glam-Punk-Rock Love Story."

Join us on Trans Day of Visibility for a conversation with author Lynette Reini-Grandell, author of “Wild Things: A Trans Glam Punk Rock Love Story,” in a deeply personal conversation with her trans spouse, Venus de Mars. The two will discuss the themes and stories in the book, which follows the two through the art, literary, and indie rock worlds of Minneapolis and New York in the 1990s and early 2000s as they learn, change, and grow together, navigating the transition, the communities they found, and the hostility they faced. Part of the Minnesota Writers Series. Sponsored by RECLAIM, whose mission is to increase access to mental health care so queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.

About the Author

Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of “Wild Verge” (Holy Cow! Press, 2018), “Approaching the Gate” (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), and the forthcoming memoir, “Wild Things: A Trans Glam Punk Rock Love Story” (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2023). Other work has appeared in Alligator Juniper, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Seminary Ridge Review, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She performs with the Bosso Poetry Company and the jazz/poetry collective Sonoglyph. Her work is often inspired by Finnish folk culture and song, and she frequently collaborates with Nordic Roots artists in multimedia performances. She lives in Minneapolis on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people.


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March 31, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
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