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“Too Many Hats” Poetry Book Release by Jess Morgan
“Too Many Hats” is a collection of poems by Jess Morgan that explores their time “hat jugging” in the local gig economy. Following the whims of their ADHD and playful communal spirit, Jess describes the observations, friendships, heartbreaks and learning they’ve done along the way.
Jess Morgan is a nonbinary poet that’s lived in Duluth, Minnesota since 2016. They juggle many hats, as their current jobs include (but are not limited to) calendar assistant/contributor at Perfect Duluth Day, wedding DJ, patient educator for abortion services at WE Health clinic, photographer, sound technician and occasional goat-sitter.
They enjoy collaborating with other artists, “dancing between the disciplines,” or stretching the ways we may interact with poetry and music. In the past few months, they’ve been performing with poet Henry Kneiszel, Alyssa Lucas and others in a “Goose Circus.” That collaboration was kickstarted by Henry, who requested Jess put on their music hat to incorporate improvisational “goose honking” and other shenanigans.
In 2018, they started the Duluth Poetry Chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets and continue to serve as their regional president. Poems they’ve written have been included in “New Verse News,” “The Nemadji Review,” Pure Slush’s ‘Cow’ anthology, Prøve Art Gallery’s Zine titled “Emerge” and the “Wisconsin Review.”
This upcoming collection is an an imprint of publisher Poetry Harbor.
Doors @ 6:30 p.m.
Reading, Q&A @ 7 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase for $15.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds. Jess Morgan is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This Activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.