Join us for an evening of readings by our Writing On The Door faculty:
Staci Drouillard and Michael Kleber-Diggs.
Nonfiction author Staci Drouillard and poet Michael Kleber-Diggs offer an evening of reading and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
Staci Lola Drouillard is a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe. She lives and works in her hometown of Kitchibitobig—Grand Marais, on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Her first book Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe (UMP, 2019) won the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her second book Seven Aunts was released in 2022 (UMP) and was nominated for a 2023 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative nonfiction. Staci works as a radio producer for WTIP Community Radio and writes the monthly column Nibi Chronicles for Great Lakes Now, a branch of Detroit Public Media.
Michael Kleber-Diggs is 2023-2025 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a poet, essayist, literary critic, and arts educator. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions 2021), won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the 2022 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry, the 2022 Balcones Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award. His essay, “On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy,” is included in the anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis, edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. Another essay, “There Was a Tremendous Softness,” appears in A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars, edited by Erin Sharkey (Milkweed Editions, 2023). Since 2016, Michael has been an instructor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Michael is married to Karen Kleber-Diggs, a tropical horticulturist and orchid specialist. Karen and Michael have a daughter who is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase.