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Hamline University writers well-represented in upcoming anthology

Under Purple Skies Full Story

 The new anthology Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology, edited by Frank Burnes from Belt Publishing features short stories by six Hamline University affiliated writers.

Under Purple Skies features short stories from six different writers with ties to the Hamline University Creative Writing Programs, including: “Midnight in the Garden with Claes Oldenburg” and “The Chain of Lakes” by MFA Alumni Tami Mohammed Brown and Jay Botten, respectively. “Parkway Theater, 1969” by MFA Faculty Sheila O’Conner, “Wild Places by MFAC Faculty Kelly Barnhill, as well as “Powderhorn” and “Elegy for the Metrodome” by adjunct faculty members Ed Bok Lee and Matt Rasmussen, respectively.


About the Anthology

In recent years, Minneapolis has become a literary powerhouse. In Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology, we collect some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world. The writers here have won, or been shortlisted for, the Newbery Award, the Man Booker prize, the Pulitzer, the Caldecott Award, the National Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award and many others.


Praise for the Anthology

"Minneapolis gets the star treatment in the latest installment of Belt Publishing's City Anthologies series. The collection features contributions from an impressive list of current-award winning authors, nearly all of whom have either lived in or worked in the city. ... Collectively, the writers paint a thorough and sometimes amusing picture of our state and the people in it." 

         -- Minneapolis StarTribune


"Here are voices from her streets, parks, riversides, lake shores, alleys, train tracks, and seemingly private places everyone who lives here knows or will know. In strong prose and evocative poetry, these authors tell us Minneapolis is an indigenous place, a Dakota homeland, an immigrant place, a whiter-than-white place, a Black place. Minneapolis may seem simple to those who visit ('It's so pretty, so clean!') but this book tells us there's a deeper city, one as complex as a clock and as telling of our times."      

         -- Heid E. Erdrich, Poet and editor of New Poets of Native Nations.


"This is the best collection of Minnesota writing I've read in ages. These stories will make a Minnesota native laugh, reflect, remember, and, in my case, deeply homesick."

           -- J. Ryan Stradal, bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest and The Lager Queen of Minnesota.


"This is a first-class tour of Minneapolis, brought to you by writers and poets who will make anyone reading Under Purple Skies want to live there."
         -- Lorna Landvik, author of Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)


The anthology is scheduled to launch on May 7, 2019. Pre-order a copy here.