Local poet Sierra DeMulder knows the recipe for throwing a great book-release party. First, write an awesome book. Next, invite all your literary and musical friends to perform at the release celebration. Finally, host it at Honey, one of the most happening hipster clubs in Minneapolis. Slam dunk. This Sunday, the author is celebrating her newest collection of poems, New Shoes on a Dead Horse (Write Bloody Publishing), filled with honest, occasionally jarring, and insightful narratives. Many of the pieces in DeMulder's latest effort explore the author's "genius," a term that springs from the Roman belief that every artist's work comes from the spirit within them. DeMulder's genius is undoubtedly eccentric, as New Shoes investigates gnarly subjects including taxidermy, the blurred lines between prayer and gambling, and art museum visits as a form of masturbation. DeMulder has performed with the St. Paul Slam Team during two of its National Poetry Slam wins, came in ninth at the Individual World Poetry Slam, and was a finalist at the Women of the World Individual Poetry Slam in 2010. The party's lineup includes singer-songwriter Kerry Alexander, quirky short-fiction god John Jodzio, and A LOUD HEART, a hip-hop/folk duo consisting of spoken-word poet Guante and musician Claire Taubenhaus.
Sun., Jan. 29, 7 p.m., 2012