Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why Am I Running for Re-Election to the School Board?

There is a stock answer to this question available to any one of the four incumbent members of the school board seeking re-election this year. I have the knowledge and experience to address the challenges facing our school district in the next four years, and to follow through on district-wide initiatives—such as the master facilities plan and the new strategic plan—already in progress. I have four years of experience as a school board member; Fritz Bogott has six months, Ellen Iverson has eight years, Noel Stratmoen has more than thirty years. There's a good case to be made for sticking with experience.

On the other hand, there’s a benefit to be gained from a fresh perspective—the perspective of someone who’s been an outsider to the process. When I joined the school board in January 2013, the board was preparing to make a decision on the implementation the one-to-one iPad initiative (otherwise known as Transformational Technology). I was the only new member of the board, and the only board member to vote against implementation of the program. Although my lone dissenting vote couldn’t stop the iPad implementation, it allowed me to be a voice for those—teachers, parents, and students—who continued to have questions and reservations about the program.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Poet Laureate

I'm extremely honored to have been chosen as Northfield, Minnesota's first Poet Laureate. You can read more about the appointment in the Northfield News

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hero Now Theatre's Production of "Oresteia" (adapted by Rob Hardy from the original by Aeschylus)

Aeschylus’s Oresteia, originally performed in 458 BCE, is the only surviving dramatic trilogy from classical Athens. The trilogy takes audiences to ancient Argos, on the eve of Agamemnon’s bloody homecoming from the Trojan War, and ends in Athens, where the mythical cycle of violence is resolved with the establishment of a homicide court on the rock of the Areopagus.

In 2012, I adapted Aeschylus’s trilogy as a single 90-minute play that keeps the mythical framework of the original but updates it for modern audiences. The adaptation was first presented by the Carleton Players, directed by Ruth Weiner, in May 2012. It was the final production of the inaugural season of Carleton’s Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. You can read a review of that production here

Next month—September 9-11 and 15-18, 2016—the adaptation will be given a new production by Hero Now Theatre in Minneapolis, directed by Kristin Halsey. Hero Now presents plays in “found spaces,” and for the Oresteia has found an evocative sculpture garden in Northeast Minneapolis to stand in for ancient Argos and Athens.

Tickets are available for $25 through Brown Paper Tickets. All performances are at 7:30 pm.

For more information, check out the Hero Now Theatre website.

Zoran Mojsilov's sculpture garden in Northeast Minneapolis: the "found" set for Hero Now Theatre's Oresteia.

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .