Sister Black Press:Poetry of Resistance & Change

Opening Reception

September 16th, 7:30pm-10pm

Gallery Hours


Exhibition Runs

Sep 16 - Oct 9


Poetry of Resistance & Change

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards and broadsides featuring the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action.

Dates & Locations


September 16th, 7:30pm – 10pm 

Installation will be up from September 16th – October 9th

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Join local poets for a readings and performances at the Soap Factory on September 16th, from 7:30pm-10pm. Poets include: D. Allen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Marion Gomez, Junauda Petrus, Maitreyi Ray, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, and Ben Weaver.


September 16th, 6pm – 7pm

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Meet at Bryant Lake Bowl (in adjacent alley) at 6pm for group ride to The Soap Factory. The comfortably paced 6 mile route will follow the Midtown Greenway trail to Hiawatha LRT trail to 11th Ave to W. River pkwy and across the Stone Arch bridge…Food and beer trucks will be waiting!


About the Artist

Monica Edwards Larson is the proprietress of Sister Black Press – a private Letterpress and Book Arts studio, established in 2000 in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Masters in Fine Art in printmaking from Arizona State University. She has taught Printmaking, Graphic Design and Book Arts to students of all ages in the Twin Cities area, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, College of Visual Art, University of Northwestern and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She is a 2017 recipient of the MN State Arts Board – Artist Initiative Grant, and recently started a new venture called Sister Black (Bike) Press – a mobile printing press that she pedals on the Twin Cities’ bike trails and streets, stopping to print at local bike shops, bookstores and libraries.


Listen to the Soapcast interview with Monica Edwards Larson about Poetry of Resistance & Change


This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

This project is also a part of Lit Crawl. Lit Crawl MN boasts a roster of local authors, artists, and performers at 10+ different events that range from readings, improv, games, interactive story-building, and a hands-on workshop. A celebration of the vibrant literary scene in the Twin Cities, this lively crawl will have something for everyone. Lit Crawl Minneapolis is a project of Bartmann Group and the Litquake Foundation.

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