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Braided Rivers - A Celebration of The River, Words, Music and Bicycles

Banjo Brothers

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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Braided Rivers:
A Celebration Of The River, Words, Music And Bicycles.

In honor of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference April 8-12, when some 12,000 writers and writerly types will descend upon our fair city, Musician Ben Weaver  and Elephant Rock Writing Retreats, in conjunction with Banjo Brothers and One on One Bicycle Studio, are pleased to present this special event on Friday, April 10th from 6:30-9:00pm, (with an optional group bike ride starting at 5pm.)

Read On To Learn More About the Event Details

Pre-Event Group Bike Ride (with Support from Nice Ride, MN) RSVP Required

Musician Ben Weaver

Musician Ben Weaver will lead a casual, "no-drop" group ride from the Minneapolis Convention Center to "The River" along Minneapolis' bikeways with a mid-ride reading. The ride will end in-time for the "Happy Hour" portion of the event. No biking experience is necessary.

No Bike. No Problem.

If you do not have your own bike, we'll provide one using  the Minneapolis bike-sharing  program NiceRide MN. Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system anyone can use . Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. Vouchers will be available for those without subscriptions.

Ride Details

The group ride will meet up at Nice Ride Bike Station 30012  Mpls Convention Center, (Corners of 2nd Ave S and Marquette Ave S.)  Ride End: Bike Station 30021  Washington & 2nd Ave N.

Note: Please RSVP to the ride by clicking here.

Happy Hour, Readings & Performance


Join us for light snacks, wine, beer and non-alcoholic options. Mingle with attendees. Have fun.


Enjoy fabulous performances by our talented writers and musicians.

Flash Prose Contest

Lilian Fithian-Zurn

We'll reveal the winner and honorable mentions of Elephant Rock's Flash Prose Contest, deadline March 30, so why not enter! On the theme of "The River," contestants are submitting 500 words of any creative prose (fiction, essay, poetry, or mixed-genre). The contest is being judged by Robyn Ryle. Robyn started life in one small town in Kentucky and ended up in another just down the river in southern Indiana. She teaches sociology to college students when she's not writing. Her stories have appeared in CALYX Journal, Bluestem Magazine, Stymie Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, and WhiskeyPaper, among others. 

Flash Prose Prize Package

The winner will receive a single edition broadsheet with original art commissioned based on the winning work plus a gift certificate for a two-night stay at the glorious Stout's Island Lodge, home of Elephant Rock's annual Solstice Retreat. (Winner and honorable mentions will be notified by email on April 3 and invited to read at the Braided Rivers Happy Hour event on April 10.)

Elephant Rock's Jeannine Ouellette and Susan Sophocleus

Local writer and teacher, Elephant Rock's Jeannine Ouellette, will read original work accompanied by Susan Sophocleus on violin. Jeannine’s work has appeared widely in journals, magazines, and websites and in the anthologies Feminist Parenting and Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives. Jeannine has authored and co-authored several books and is the recipient of awards from Medill and the American Society of Professional Journalists. Her passion is for getting as close up to words as possible, waking up, and befriending uncertainty. Susan Sophocleus is a pianist and accompanist who teaches at MacPhail Center for Music. She dabbles in the violin and loves its ability to sound like the human voice. Jeannine and Susan have collaborated on directing young people in drama and music for many years, including Marsha Norman & Lucy Simon's Secret Garden as the closing show at the historic Loring Theater and Leonard Bernstein's Peter Pan at the Southern Theater, but this is their first “duet.”

Ben Weaver and Éireann Lorsung

The evening will conclude with a joint performance from musican and author Ben Weaver and the poet Eireann LorsungBorn in Eugene, Oregon, Ben now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his three kids. He's been compared to songwriters and vocalists like Greg brown, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen. Despite similarities in vocal style and and a catalog of finely-crafted songs, Weaver’s work stands on its own. Hard-working, fiercely independent, and stubbornly committed to his own creative path. Weaver just released his eighth full-length album, "I Would Rather Be A Buffalo."  


Éireann Lorsung lives in Belgium, where she runs Dickinson House, a residency center for writers and artists ( and the micropress MIEL ( Her poems appear in Music For Landing Planes By and Her Book, both from Milkweed Editions. These days, she is working on a novel about archives and earthquakes, parts of which can be found in Two Serious Ladies, DIAGRAM, Mandala, and Bluestem.


 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

One on One Bicycle Studio is located 1.3 miles from the Minneapolis Convention Center and closer from many of the AWP Convention hotels. Click here for directions. You have many other options, including taxi service, Uber, and even the Minneapolis bike share program Nice Ride MN.  Metered on street parking and several pay-to-park lots are avaibale near the bike shop. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

To contact Mike Vanderscheuren from Banjo Brothers, click here.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. The RSVP system is in place for us to keep track of the estimated number of guests and to make sure we have enough beer food and wine. 

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?



Have questions about Braided Rivers - A Celebration of The River, Words, Music and Bicycles? Contact Banjo Brothers

When & Where

One On One Bicycle Studio
117 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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