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Reading at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

March 10, 2009,

Below is an announcement for a reading this Friday in the Minneapolis area, near the astonishing Mississippi River.

I am racing to do too much. Little wheels spinning like a cartoon character. Haven’t posted. Great excuses. The world is the biggest. Visiting my senator (we still only have one in Minnesota), and my representative.

But I wanted to tell you about the reading, if you are in the area. And tell you about the river even if you are not.

Simply this.

Long silences. Frozen river. Extraordinary life underneath the frozen surface. The magic of a moment, a shift, a sudden change. Driving over the Lake Street Bridge, each time, I see the changes, small subtle ones often. But now, a completely white frozen river, left among the trees for a couple of days, and when I return, the water is rushing. At play. The stillness lifted. Speaking water language.

So, don’t you ever believe your silent neighbor is frozen, your dear friend is stilled, your own heart dead under the water. Don’t you ever believe your writing is done, until it truly is.

The river is rushing.

If you can, come hear Peggy and me read by that river.

Details below.

That’s all, folks.


Translated from water language.


Anya Achtenberg and Peggy Vork-Zambory

Friday, March 13, 2009
7:30 PM at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 E River Rd. Fridley (DIRECTIONS BELOW)
Free and open to the public.

Hosted by Anna George Meek.


PEGGY VORK-ZAMBORY is the unpublished writer of the daily blog Pearl, Why You Little… ( and has written speeches, short stories, and essays for the past eight years or so, some true, some outright lies, and all without compensation.  She is willing to write for food.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road, Fridley

From I694 take the East River Road exit. Head north on East River Road (from the West, this is a right turn; from the East, a left turn). Go through 4 stop lights. After the fourth light, prepare to take the first left turn; you will see a small brown sign for Banfill-Locke on the right side of East River Road, and a left-hand turn lane will put you right into the parking lot. The center is an old white farmhouse with a sign in front; enter off the parking lot in the back.

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