EVENTS

2020-2021

A reading at Literary Lights, a reading series under the aegis of Cracked Walnut, a chapter of the League of MN Poets, at a matinee Zoom reading March 7, 2021, 2:00-3:00 CST celebrating women poets. March is Women’s History Month, so this celebration is meant to be part of that honoring.

Virtual Book Launch of If You Have Something to Say, Margaret, Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7 pm. Sign up with the Loft: https://loft.org/events/virtual-book-launch-party-if-you-have-something-say-margaret  See New News! on HOME page. 

Zoom into the Marine Community Library’s virtual Poetry Crawl, held on April 18, 2020. I am the first reader on the program: https://www.stcroix360.com/2020/04/geese-frogs-spring-poems-from-the-online-marine-on-st-croix-poetry-crawl/

2018-2019

Author Meet and Greet, Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00—3:00 pm, Marshall Area Fine Arts Council Center, 109 N 3rd Street, Marshall, MN. I’m excited to return to my hometown. Hope to see some old and new friends!

Reading at Writers Read, Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00—8:30 pm, The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN. Always a lovely evening listening to writers from the Twin Cities!

I’ll again be a Visiting Bob poet in Faribault, MN, at the Paradise Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the main stage event, Inspired By Dylan: An Evening of Music, Art & Poetry, 7:30 pm. Come listen to music and poetry!

Reading my Bob Dylan poem and another one from Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan at Teatro Zuccone at the Dylan Fest in Duluth, MN, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 8:00—9:30 pm. Come for music and poetry celebrating Bob!

Exhibitor at the Loft Literary Center’s inaugural book festival, Wordplay, Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2019, from 10 am—5:00 pm in Expo Area A: Our Booth, “Ask a Writer a Question, with Marge Barrett, Kate Hopper, Francine Tolf, and Bonnie West.” Come and ask a question!

Also reading my poem, “Full Circle,” included in Under Purple Skies, at its Official Launch at Wordplay, Sunday, May 12, 2019, 4:15 pm—5:00 pm, Stage Street: MPR Stage. Come to the reading of Belt Publishing’s newest City Series book, Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology, curated by Frank Bures.

Reading “Stone Poem,” from Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, for Readings by Writers, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the University Club of St. Paul, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55102. An evening of poetry and music celebrating Bob Dylan!

Reading at the Launch of New Rivers Press Anthology, Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Twin City Book Fair at the MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.

Authors Selling and Signing, Country Faire, Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10 am-4 pm, Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN.

Authors Selling and Signing, Sunday, August 26, 2018, 12-6 pm, Farm By The Lake Festival, 17797 366th Street, Bagley, MN.

Writers Read, Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm, The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN.

Reading at the Poetry Crawl, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00 pm, Marine Community Library, Ostlund’s Garage, 180 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN.

2016-2017

Reading for Read Local at Marshall Fine Arts Council, 109 North 3rd Street, Marshall, MN 56258, Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:00 pm.

Authors Selling and Signing: Saturday, August 12, Northwoods Art and Book Festival, 110 3rd Street South, Hackensack, MN, 9:00 am—3 pm.

Talk on Called at the Milaca Community Library, 235 1st Street East, Milaca, MN, 4:00 pm, Wednesday, June 28.

Reading at Eat My Words Bookstore, Saturday, October 29, 3:00 p.m., 1228 NE 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Reading at the Lyon County Library, Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., Marshall, Minnesota.

Twin Cities Book Festival, Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN.

Montana Book Festival, 2016 Festival Author, Friday, September 23, 2:00 p.m., Missoula, MT. Panel: Approaches to Spiritual Inquiry: How I Approached the Spiritual in my Memoir, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun

Meet, Greet, and Sign Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun, Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. at Valley Bookseller, 217 Main Street North, Stillwater, MN. The book tells of her lively and free-spirited youth as part of a large family in a small town on a prairie in Minnesota; of her calling by God; and of her new calling to marriage and life as both mother and teacher. Along the way, we meet her remarkable family, both reveling and suffering with her as she experiences sometimes joyful, sometimes difficult times. In the end, this is a story of resilience and spirited immersion in all that life has to offer.

Launch—In Conversation: Marge Barrett’s new memoir, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun, 7 pm, Tuesday, May 31, Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415.The Loft presents an evening with author Marge Barrett celebrating the release of her new memoir. The book recounts Barrett’s life growing up in a large Catholic family in Marshall and St. Paul, Minnesota, joining a convent in 1963, leaving, and answering other “calls.” The launch event will include a conversation with Loft Executive Director Britt Udesen and Barrett about the process of writing this story over a large swath of time, the experience of becoming a nun, a teacher, a wife and mother, a sister caring for family members. The discussion will include excerpts from the book and a Q & A with the audience.