BookEnds goes live with poet Freya Manfred

The author of nine published books of poetry comes to the Uptown Cafe in Wadena on Aug. 13.

Freya Manfred, an American poet, is the guest speaker at BookEnds on Aug. 13, 2022 at the Uptown Cafe in Wadena.
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WADENA — Poet Freya Manfred will speak at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Uptown Cafe as part of the monthly BookEnds series.

The cafe is located at 224 Jefferson St. S. in Wadena.

Born in Minneapolis, the modern poet is the oldest child of American novelist Frederick Manfred. Her first memoir, “Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers,” was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. Her second memoir, “Raising Twins: A True Life Adventure,” was released in 2015.

Manfred conducts poetry and memoir workshops and readings for grades K-12, college students and adults. She lives in Stillwater with her husband, screenwriter Thomas Pope. Their twin sons, Rowan and Bly Pope, are visual artists who have illustrated her last four books of poetry.

Manfred has published nine books of poetry, and her poems have appeared in more than 100 reviews and magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her primary subjects are nature and human relationships. Her work explores the mystery of dreams, love, longing, illness and death. Poet Robert Bly says, “What I like in these poems is that they are not floating around in the air or the intellect. The body takes them in. They are brave. The reader and the writer meet each other in the body.”


BookEnds is produced by the Wadena County Historical Society and is funded, in part, by a grant from the Five Wings Art Council, through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Recordings of this and earlier BookEnds authors are available at


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