Superusted: A talking image connection event

Opening Reception

Reading starts at 7pm

Gallery Hours


Exhibition Runs

Nov 6 - Nov 6

Talking Image Connection brings together writers, performers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. We would also like to introduce the newest director of TIC, Lucas Pingel!

Poetry by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, William D. Waltz and Patrick Werle, short stories by fiction writer Claire DeBerg and non-fiction creative writer Jordan K. Thomas, plus a performance by Venus de Mars. Curated by Lucas Pingel in response to superusted, The Soap Factory’s 4th Midwest biennial curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne.

Lucas Pingel is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Yes, I’m Sure This Was a Beautiful Place (Strange Cage, 2013), which was a collaboration with fellow poet, B.J. Love. His work has appeared in many journals, including North American Review, Poydras Review, Ellipsis, The William and Mary Review, Blood Lotus, and Midway Journal. He has also published a number of book reviews for Cant Journal and Heavy Feather Review. In 2012, he was awarded the Denny Prize for Distinction in Creative Writing at St. Catherine University, where he is an assistant professor.

Jordan K. Thomas is from the “lesser” Midwestern state of Iowa and is glad to have left. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota working on a hybrid memoir/essay collection focused on blackness, faith and the lack of faith, non-belonging, and being Othered by the Other. He also likes candy a lot. Some would say too much.

Claire DeBerg writes from a closet in Minneapolis. The working title of her unpublished novel, Yakamoz, (which is Turkish for phosphorescence) is completed and being shopped to literary agents. Her essay, “Choosing Gloria” published in Brain, Child magazine reveals what transpired two short days before her plan to place her baby for adoption. She is the editor of a small women’s quarterly magazine which she promises you’ve never read (but thinks you probably should). With a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Northern Iowa, Claire prefers red shoes and her favorite punctuation is a colon: giddy up.

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins teaches in St Paul. She is the author of the chapbook OH NO EVERYTHING (Pockets Press 2015) and was a winner of Best of the Net for 2014. Look for her work in PANK, Beloit Poetry Journal, Linebreak, BOXCAR, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.

William D Waltz is the author of Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America, which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition. Zoo Music, his first book, won Slope Editions’ First Book Prize. He is the founder and editor of Conduit magazine, the only magazine that risks annihilation. Waltz lives in Saint Paul, near the Mississippi River and its fossil spotted bluffs.

Patrick Werle is a poet and poetry-instigator living in South Minneapolis. He is a Senior Editor with Poetry City, USA and an MFA Candidate at Hamline University. He is currently working on his first manuscript.

Venus de Mars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the Pretty Horses. A chance tax audit transformed her into a champion of artists’ tax rights, after which the Venus de Mars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established. De Mars is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, among them a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Bush Fellowship, and a Minnesota Music Award. She is currently working on a memoir and her newest album is “Flesh and Wire.”

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