Joanne Esser, Poet

The St. Paul Public Library, as part of their Fireside Reading Series, features poet Joanne Esser on Wednesday, Jan. 16. I met Joanne when we were colleagues in the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series in 2009-2010. The Mentor Series, a competitive year-long residence/mentor program, provided the twelve participants that year with discipline, inspiration, and support, and Joanne was one of several who went on to publish books. Her lovely debut chapbook, I Have Always Wanted Lightning, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.