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Writer's Salon with Sharon Chmielarz

Join us for a writer's salon with regional poet Sharon Chmielarz. Sharon will read from her new poetry collection, The J Horoscope: Poems, take questions from the audience, and sign books.


“The J Horoscope” is a re-imagining of stories from Genesis which were collected by “J.” We don’t know her name.  Her king, Solomon, has died, and the whole country’s going to hell under the new king, Rehoboam. The year is 937 BCE. Of the four writers in Genesis, J is the one who delivers the earthly creatures in the kingdom’s ancient stories–Noah, Joseph, Jacob, Rachel, et al–and, to paraphrase Pogo, they is us.  Her cast of characters includes the god Yahweh (or Jahweh) who can appear in various guises. She’s named J for her intense interest in Yahweh’s character.


Sharon Chmielarz was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota, three miles from the Missouri River. She graduated from the University of MN and has since lived and worked in the Twin Cities. Her latest, twelfth, book of poetry is The J Horoscope, 2019. Previous books have been finalists for the Independent Book Publishers Award, Midwest Book Awards, National Poetry Series, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kirkus Review named her The Widow’s House one of the 100 Best Books of 2016. The Other Mozart, a biography of Nannerl Mozart in poetry, was made into an opera. She is a recipient of Water~Stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Prize. Her work has been published most recently in magazines like The Hudson Review,Burning WordThe American Journal of Poetry. Her poems have been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize (latest, 2017, 2018, 2019), and featured on American Life in Poetry. Individual poems have been translated into French and Polish. The latter will be included in an anthology in Polish in 2019. Her poems’ subjects include women, history, family, and the prairie. 

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
12 E. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604
The J Horoscope: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944467173
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Published: Brighthorse Books - July 1st, 2019

The Widow's House: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990867081
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Published: Brighthorse Books - October 19th, 2015

Visibility: Ten Miles: A Prairie Memoir in Photography and Poetry Cover Image
By Ken Smith (Illustrator), Sharon Chmielarz
ISBN: 9780878397884
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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - March 1st, 2011

Love from the Yellowstone Trail Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878396870
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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - June 1st, 2013

Little Eternities: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935666998
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Published: Nodin Press - September 1st, 2017