July 10, 2019, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Celebrate a new anthology of poems called Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105, USA (map). Editor James Crews of Vermont will join poets from the Upper Midwest presenting a free reading at Next Chapter Bookstore: Margaret Hasse, St. Paul, Tom Hennen, St. Paul, Marjorie Saiser, Nebraska, Thomas R. Smith, Wisconsin, and Connie Wanek, Mendota Heights.

The Latest

Margaret has two poems in the 2019 edition of Saint Paul Almanac. With Athena Kildegaard, she is editing a collection of poems by women on motherhood experiences.

Common Good Books announced the winners of its 2018 annual poetry contest that included Hasse’s “Night on the Town.” Winter in Saint Paul was the theme of the contest that provided four $750 awards. On March 20, Hasse read with the other three winners at the bookstore with Garrison Keillor as host. To read the winning poems:

Between Us won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) prize for the best book of poetry published in the region in 2017.  

Archival News

Between Us, Margaret Hasse’s 2016 collection is a silver medal recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award in poetry of the Independent Book Publishers Association. See all winners here: IBPA

Common Good Books announced the winners of its 2017annual poetry contest that included Hasse’s “Not Letting Go.” “Poems of experience” was the theme of the contest that provided ten $250 awards. To read the winning poems:

Margaret has two poems in the new anthology, The Kindness of Strangers, from Wising Up Press.  More information and copies at

Margaret received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to share her new book, Between Us, with seniors in book clubs, community centers, and through writing workshops. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In December 2016, the University of Minnesota Upper Midwest Literary Archives received a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to support four literary collections in its repository, including collections from Robert Bly, Bill Holm, Margaret Hasse, and Milkweed Editions. The grant project, Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest, will allow the Archives to increase access to these collections in ways not otherwise possible without dedicated resources. The existing collections of these three poets and the press will be described in more detail and new donations from them will be integrated into the collectionss archive)

Margaret is featured in an interview in the November 9, 2016 issue of the Highland Villager. Read it here.

The Maria Faust Sonnet Festival named Margaret’s sonnet, “A Writer’s Ritual on a Winter’s Night,” among the top poems in its 2016 contest. She received a prize of $100.

BoomerLitMag features three of Margaret’s poems:

Margaret’s poem, “Folding,” is on Bearings online journal of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research:

Verse-Virtual, a journal that fosters community among poets, has reprinted several of Margaret’s poems from Earth’s Appetite, including including “Shouting from the Rooftop.” Minnesota poet Steve Klepetar, also in the August issue, wrote:  “Great poem. A real Minnesota voice; talk about all the women being strong! I love the verbs – ‘tore,’ ‘shredded,’ ‘wrenched,’ ‘squawked,’ ‘dislodged.’ The bat detail fits perfectly, as it plays against stereotypes of women terrified of those creatures, and the incident with the neighbor nails it too.  I love the line ‘I grew large among the crowns of trees.’”

Check out Margaret’s poems on the July issue of Verse-Virtual:

Firestone Feinberg, editor of Verse-Virtual, reprinted Margaret’s poem “Just Yesterday” from Earth’s Appetite,” and wrote about it: “(The poem) nostalgically reminds us that time passes—and passes fast—and sometimes brings changes that sadden us… and it tells us these truths eloquently, poignantly, and very gently.”

If you happen to love Door County, find Margaret’s poems in a new anthology called Soundings: Door County in Poetry.

“Truant” was selected by Ted Kooser for the national American Life in Poetry column and published in newspapers and online Monday, December 8, 2014:

Margaret’s poem, “Blood Oranges,” was accepted and posted on RE / VERSE, a site that accepts previously published poems to give these poems another way to find readers. The editor, Ralph Murre, wrote that “Blood Oranges“ is wonderful poem that may help you see the light at the end of the doldrums, or at least to appreciate the bright spots within them.” 

Take a look, and climb aboard the oranage bus. 

A review of Earth's Appetite by editor Joel Van Valin appeared in Whistling Shade Literary Journal, Spring-Summer 2014. Read it here.

Read the November 2013 article about Hasse and her new book in the Villager, click here.

“The range of Earth’s Appetite is astonishing,” writes Margot Galt, “and its charm amusing and touching throughout.” Read Galt’s blog post about the book: here

Margaret was among the guest writers at The Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop in Saint Cloud on Tuesday, June 17. The workshop, led by William Meissner, ran June 16-19, 2014.

Earth’s Appetite, Margaret’s fourth collection of poems, came out in September, 2013, from Nodin Press. Available through local booksellers, Amazon, or Recent or forthcoming appearances of Hasse’s poems in anthologies and journals include:

- “You’ll Never Know” in St. Paul Almanac 2014.

- “At the Residential School for the Blind” in Lake Region Review #3, October 2013. For more information:

- “Wilbur the Second,” Whistling Shade,

- “Truant,” “Wayward,” and “Mason Jar of Household Odds and Ends,” Sleet Magazine,

Margaret has a poem called “Prairie World and Wanderer” in a recent issue of South Dakota Review, a publication associated with the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She’s especially happy about being in this journal because she grew up in Vermillion and her father was on the math faculty at the U.S.D.  A poem about bicycles is in the 2013 St. Paul Almanac.

Margaret was "chaired" as the 2011 bard of the Eisteddfod poetry celebration, an event that took place on June 25 at the Morgan Creek Winery in Cambria, Minnesota.  As winner, she was seated on and then presented with a beautiful white oak chair, hand carved by woodworker Adam Marti. The annual event, modeled after traditional Welsh celebrations of literature and performance that take place in many parts of the world, is organized by poet John Calvin Rezmerski with support from the Blue Earth County Historical Society and other sponsors. The two step poetry competition involves poets submitting a manuscript of their poems from which five finalists are selected. The second step in the competition is reading at the festival, with three judges selecting the winner. NU Journal Article.pdf

Quiddity magazine has published three poems in its current issue: “Mississippi Queen,” “A Line from Shakespeare, Revised,” and “In an Artificial Pond.”

Recently released! Low Down and Coming On: A Feast of Delicious and Dangerous Poems about Pigs, edited by James P. Lenfestey, designed by Scott King, Red Dragonfly Press, which includes Margaret’s poem, “Parading Main Street.”

Poet Lore’s newest issue includes Margaret’s poem, And All Points West.

MRP Arts Reporter, Marianne Combs, featured Margaret’s poem, “Disguises,”on her October 11, 2010 State of the Arts blog.

In April 2010, Minnesota State Arts Board awarded a $5,600 artist grant to Margaret for travel and exploring new directions for her next book of poetry.

Since publication, Milk and Tides has twice appeared as a best seller on a weekly listing maintained by the national Poetry Foundation website. Poetry sales are culled from sales in 400 bookstores nationwide, and on

Milk and Tides won the Midwest Book Award in Poetry from the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Association. The award was presented on May 13, 2009, at the Minnesota Humanities Center. contains a review of Milk and Tides by Connie Wanek in which she writes: “The poems are friendly, confidential, generous, and amusing; reading the book is like spending an afternoon with a witty acquaintance, a soon-to-be friend, as she shares her best stories with you.”

Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, a 2009 anthology from Holy Cow! Press, includes Margaret's poem, "A Breeze Bends the Grasses."

Everyday Poems for City Sidewalks, a project of Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul Public Works, selected Meadowlark: Mending Song to be stamped in concrete in locations throughout the Twin Cities, including near the intersection of Macalester and Juliet. The poem is included in a letterpress fine art book with the other 19 winners and runners-up for sale at $18.00.

Past Events

June 20, 2019, Thursday, 7 PM, Magers & Quinn Bookstore, 3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis:  Bill Meissner will read from his latest poetry book The Mapmaker’s Dream and Margaret Hasse will read from a new 2018 edition of her first book Stars Above Stars Below. Margaret and Bill long-time friends will also discuss their writing and publishing experience and read a favorite poem of one another’s.

May 19, 2019, Sunday, 3:00 P.M. Remembering Micawber’s: A Celebration of Words. After 47 years in St. Anthony Park, Micawber’s Books closed on April 14. A celebration of the store will be held on at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave. Readings by Margaret Hasse, Eddie Owens, Tim Nolan, William Kent Krueger, and Joyce Sutphen. Music by Adam Granger.

May 22, 2019, Wednesday, 6:30-8 P.M, Duluth Dylan Fest 2019: Margaret, Joyce Sutphen, Tim Nolan and others will read at the Visiting Bob Poetry anthology Reading, Teatro Zuccone, Duluth, MN.

May 30, 2019, Thursday, 7:00-8:00 P.M.  Margaret will read with Michael Moose at Sub-Text Bookstore, 6 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102

May 4, 2019, Saturday, 3:00 P.M. Margaret wass honored to introduce Ethna McKiernan at the launch of her latest book, Swimming with Shadows, at a book launch reading, The Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Ave, St. Paul, MN  55104-1040.

November 20, 2018, Tuesday, 7:30 P.M. An evening of poetry and music celebrating Bob Dylan, featuring local poets in the new anthology, Visiting Bob, including Margaret Hasse, Tim Nolan and  others. Location: The University Club of St. Paul, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55102.

November 13, 2018, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. When we know something by heart, we’re saying we care about something enough to remember it and carry it around with us wherever we go. Join poet/performers Donte Collins, Margaret Hasse, and Naomi Cohn as they answer this question in poetry and conversation. Hear words presented from the heart and join in a conversation about poetry and the things we value enough to remember. Rondo Community Library, 461 Dale Street N., St Paul, MN 55104.

November 7, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M. Birchbark Books Reading Series, with Elizabeth Weir, William Reichard, Stanley Kusunoki, and Margaret Hasse at The Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis.

October 24, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 P.M. Reading at Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Avenue, Mpls, 55406.  Louis Jenkins, Freya Manfred and Margaret Hasse read recently published work celebrating the vital lifeline of nature, the fragile mortality of life, the passionate arc of relationships.

September 19, 2018, Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 A.M. Presentation at Poetry Club of Edina by poets Ted Bowman and Elizabeth Bourque Johnson, co-editors of The Ice Breaks, poems of loss and renewal, along with Margaret Hasse and Norita Dittberner-Jax, who are represented in the anthology. Hasse and Dittberner-Jax will also read from their recently published collections. All are welcome to attend. Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square, Suite 101, Edina, MN  55436, 952-833-9570.

August 11, 2018, Saturday, Northwoods Art & Book Festival, Hackensack, Minnesota, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with literary events including a discussion and reading from their latest books by Margaret Hasse and Michael Dennis Browne.

August 2, 2018, Thursday, Midstream Reading Series with cello prelude 6:45-7:15 p.m. and reading 7:30 - 8:30 p.m, featuring Michael Dennis Browne, Sharon Chmielarz, Margaret Hasse, and Danny Klecko, Blue Moon building, 3820 East Lake St., Minneapolis, corner of 39th and East Lake Street. Upstairs. Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee house; up the stairs and to the left. Not wheel-chair accessible. Plentiful street parking.

April 11, 2018, Wednesday, 4:00—6:00 p.m. Margaret Hasse will be the featured reader at the annual Pankake Poetry Reading, Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, University of Minnesota. Free and open to the public. Reservations begin February 1, 2018. More information about the reading is here.

December 6, 2017 Wednesday, 7 p.m. Western U-Plaza (previously Old Home building) corner of University and Western Avenues, 360 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN  55103. Impressions project event sponsored by Saint Paul Almanac to release 6 new poem-posters for the metro transit system, including ones by Margaret Hasse and Tim Nolan. Each of six poets read her or his work. All the artists discussed their process.

October 17, 2017, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Jim Heynen coordinated a reading as part of the Carol Connolly reading series in honor of poet John Calvin Rezmerski who died in 2016. Carol Connolly University Club reading series at the historic University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul.

September 14, 2017, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Margaret Hasse read with poet Maryann Corbett at Subtext Books, 6 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102.

June 21, 2017, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Poets and Writers and Musicians against the War on the Earth, with writers such as Peter Campion, Ed Bok Lee, Freya Manfred, and Margaret Hasse.  The location was Saint Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue S., Minneapolis.

April 26, 2017, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Margaret Hasse read at Birchbark Books Reading Series, curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. Hasse is reading with Denise Low, Thomas Precore Weso, and Denise Lajimodiere. The reading was in the Bockley Gallery, followed by a reception in the bookstore itself.  2123 W 21st Street  (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin)

Margaret has two poems in the new anthology, The Kindness of Strangers, from Wising Up Press.  More information and copies at


April 20, 2017, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading at Magers & Quinn Bookstore, featuring Emilie Buchwald reading from her new poetry collection, The Moment’s Only Moment, and Margaret Hasse, reading from her new Between Us, both books from Nodin Press.

April 13, 2017, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Saint Paul Almanac celebrated the release of its newest annual called “On a Collected Path” at Trotter’s Café and Bakery, 232 Cleveland Avenue N., Saint Paul, MN. This reading featured Aegean Yang, Margaret Hasse, Mary Helen McHugh Franze, Sarah Koper, Linda Shaw, and Kristin Anderson. Hosted by David Stein.

A new edition of Stars Above, Stars Below, Margaret’s first book with an Introduction by Athena Kildegaard, has been reissued by Nodin Press.

News & Events

Sister Black Press, which offers a subscription of letterpress prints of poems released quarterly, created this card for the launch of Between Us.

Red Bird Chapbooks has just released a limited edition anthology called A Little Book of Abundance: poems for thanksgiving throughout the year, edited by Margaret Hasse, with poetry from her writers’ workshop.

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