Poet Freya Manfred speaking in Wadena

Poet Freya Manfred will be the featured speaker at BookEnds at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Manfred’s latest, and ninth book of poetry, “Loon in Late November Water,” celebrates the vital lifeline of nature, our fragile mortality and the passionate arc of long-term relationships.

At BookEnds, she will concentrate mostly on reading from her three latest books of poetry and will also read pages from her two memoirs, including one about her father, Frederick Manfred, a well-known Minnesota author who died in 1994.

Manfred’s poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her memoir about her father was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society award.

BookEnds is a monthly literary event connecting readers and writers. Now in its third season, it is held each month on the second Saturday. It is hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society and Travelin’ Storyseller in collaboration with the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. For more information, call 218 631-9079 or email

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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