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Breaking New Ground: An Evening of Music, Storytelling, and Conversation


MFA faculty, Patricia Francisco, was a featured guest at the recent Breaking New Ground event, along with longtime friends and fellow storytellers, Matthew Sanford and Kevin Kling. 

The three shared "stories about life, about wonder, about healing, and about becomingall with a 'just right' mix of tenderness, humor, and music." 

About the participants, from Mind Body Solutions:

Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…”  Kling, a Minneapolis-based author, playwright and teller of tales, is best known for his commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. He also is the creator of several books and CDs of recorded storytelling.  While he can be seen  on stages all over the world, he performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities metro including such stages as The Guthrie, The Fitzgerald, Open Eye, and many more.

Patricia Francisco is the artist in residence at Hamline University, teaching fiction, nonfiction, and courses on the creative process. She is the author of TELLING: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, for which she was awarded a Minnesota Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction. Francisco’s published work also includes a novel Cold Feet, essays Village Without Mirrors, and a play Lunacy.  Since the publication of TELLING, she has been active in speaking to colleges and service providers on the subject of sexual violence and the memoir of crisis.

Matthew Sanford is a visionary and founder of Mind Body Solutions. He is also a nationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker,  and a paraplegic for the last thirty-seven years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING:A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence,  and speaks at conferences, corporations, and higher learning institutions nationwide. Matthew has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. Sanford has inspired and enhanced the lives of thousands by sharing the fundamental importance of the mind-body relationship.

Accompanying this cast of characters is the Minneapolis-based theater actress, composer, vocalist and accordionist Simone Perrin, who has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and is a regular performer at venues throughout the Twin Cities.