The Lowertown Reading Jams continue at the Black Dog the first Monday of each month through July 2010. Each Jam is produced and hosted by a well-known writer or spoken word artist. Saint Paul “performance drawing” artist Lara Hanson interprets the readings using Japanese ink brushes. Free hors d’oeuvres are served, and the Black Dog Café offers its “Monday Madness” special featuring a large pizza and bottle of wine or a large pizza and four Summit beer taps for just $20. All Reading Jams are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.
Not all of the performers at the Lowertown Reading Jams were contributors to the 2010 Saint Paul Almanac, but they and everyone who lives in or loves the capital city is invited to submit reviews, essays and poems about Saint Paul for the 2011 Almanac. Most selections are 650 words or fewer, with a small number being as long as 1,500 words. Small stipends are paid for works accepted for publication. Writers interested in having their work considered for the 2011 Saint Paul Almanac have until March 31 to submit. Multiple submissions are acceptable. The complete guidelines for submitting a piece and ideas for topics are available at www.saintpaulalmanac.com on the submissions page.