Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis in 1954 and graduated from teh University of Minnesota in 1978 with a B.A. in English. He and his wife Kate moved to New York City in 1978 where he obtained an M.F.A. degree in writing from Columbia University, worked as an archivist at the Whitney Museum, and read the poetry slush pile for The Paris Review. Tim returned to Minnesota in 1985 and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1989.
Nolan now practices in litigation with the McGrann Shea Law firm, and lives with his wife Kate and their three kids in South Minneapolis.
For some reason Nolan's slightly creepy poem about a bullhead fish struck me as perfect on what is forecast to be an unbearably hot summer's day.
We used to throw them back,
disgusted with their prominent
white skulls, bulging eyes,
black shoestring whiskers.
They deeply offended our sense
of what a fish should be. Dirty
scavengers, eating everything
off the sludge bed. They seldom
played on the line, but took bait
with a heavy, impolite thump,
their white bellies rolling
toward the boat. They slid out
of water like drenched birds
snarled in seaweed, their mouths
bleeding from the hooks. Always
we threw them back, down to Hell
where they would think to rise again.
- "Bullhead" by Tim Nolan, as it appears in his collection The Sound of It, published by New Rivers Press. Reprinted here with permission from the author.
This weekend I had the pleasure of heading out to Franconia Sculpture Park for its annual "hot metal pour." There participants get to carve out their own molds and then watch as those molds are filled with molten iron, and then cooled and cleaned. The result? Hundreds upon hundreds of cast sculptures for people to take home.
Do me a favor, and when watching the below slide show, hit the "expand button" (the one with four arrows) so that you can see the pictures at full size, and read the accompanying captions. Enjoy!
The Minnesota Fringe Festival is far from over, but it's already breaking records.
For the first four days of the festival - Thursday through Sunday - shows issued a record-setting total of 18,895 tickets. That's a 9.9% increase over last year's festival.
Additionally, traffic to the festival's website, fringefestival.org, was up 23 percent over last year. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, over 1,650 audience reviews had been submitted to the site (Note: These numbers have not yet been audited and may be subject to change).
Executive director Robin Gillette says she's delighted with the increases. She says it indicates a solid, and by no means modest, year-by-year build in audiences.
The 2009 festival's opening weekend was a 19 percent jump over 2008.
13 different shows gave sold-out performances on opening weekend, including some shows by first-time Fringe producers who got slots late in the game, said Gillette.
This really shows this year's crop of producers brought their A-game, no question. Fringe tries to offer both the structure and the education for first-time producers to succeed, and we're hoping this weekend's numbers point to those efforts' success.
Note: These numbers have not yet been audited and may be subject to change.
Minnesota Fringe continues to Sun., Aug. 15 at 19 venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.