Todd Boss grew up on an 80-acre cattle farm in west central Wisconsin. His poetry collections are Yellowrocket (W. W. Norton, 2008) and Pitch (2012). His MFA is from the University of Alaska–Anchorage. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The London Times, NPR, and Best American Poetry. In 2009, Virginia Quarterly named Yellowrocket one of the ten best poetry books of the year, and awarded Todd the Emily Clark Balch Prize. Yellowrocket was also selected as the Midwest Bookseller Association’s Honor Book for Poetry and was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. Panic, Todd’s verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1894 novella Pan, will premiere as a one-man opera in late 2013, arranged by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores. Todd is the founding co-director of Motionpoems, a poetry film initiative now collaborating with Copper Canyon, Milkweed, Graywolf, Ecco, and other literary presses. For five years, Todd was the Director of External Affairs at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. The self-appointed poet laureate of Nina’s Café in Saint Paul, Todd lives in north suburban Saint Paul with his wife and children. This a free event. Donations can be made to the Downtown Business Association to sponser these events.
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