The Many Minnesotas Project
The Many Minnesotas Project is a series of anthologies containing poetry, short fiction, translations, and essays about particular ethnic groups in Minnesota. Begun in 1984, the series now consists of seven books featuring Norwegian-American, Black American, Ojibway, Polish- American, Finnish-American, Czecho-Slovakian American, and Irish-American writers.
The Many Minnesotas Project won the prestigious Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award in 1989. The citation in part read: "The Public Art Awards commend New Rivers Press and its Many Minnesotas Project as an occasion for cultural pride and affirmation. It encourages literacy and further creative efforts, brings local and regional writers before a national audience, and encourages contemporary authors to present their work with pride, intelligence, quality and imagination."
Books in the Many Minnesotas Series
Boundaries of Twilight
(C.J. Hribal, editor)
(Conrad Balfour, editor)
(John Mindczeski, editor)
Next Parish Over
(Patricia Monaghan, editor)
(Gerald Vizenor, editor)
New Rivers Press was founded in 1968 by C. W. "Bill" Truesdale and has published more than 340 titles. In 2001, after Truesdale's death, Alan Davis and Wayne Gudmundson were instrumental in reviving and relocating it to MSUM, where its dual mission is to publish literary work of every character, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers, and to provide learning opportunities, including a Certificate in Publishing, for students in partnership with MSUM. The press honors Truesdale's progressive spirit by publishing work with a strong sense of place that speaks to our troubled times with satyagraha (the truthforce), empathy, and aesthetic courage.
The Animals Beyond Us, poems
"His poems are finely observed, precisely felt, and they bring magic to the domestic life, the real magic of language that has power to transform a world." ~John Dufresne, author
"I love Mason's instructive intensity and will, her grace and ability to translate desire into something scary yet gorgeous." ~David Dodd Lee, author
Downriver People, fiction
Bea Exner Liu
"Americans should read, and ponder, this humane memoir of an American life in a China now massively, but not unrecognizably, transformed." ~Robert A. Knapp
Girl Held in Home, fiction
"...Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful." ~Ann Hood, author
Hotel Utopia, poems
"[This] is a book of angles. These poems come from one bend in the mind, then another, from one tilt in the heart, then another. Whether the content is personal, mystical, or political, the voice is deliciously agile." ~Tim Seibles, author
The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories, short story collection
"Not since The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism." ~C. Michael Curtis, editor