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Brian Laidlaw and friends to join up for a night of poetry and music at the Southern Theater

courtesy Milkweed Editions

Tomorrow night Milkweed Editions and the Southern Theater will host a gathering of authors, musicians, and author-musicians to discuss and perform their work. The event serves as a book launch for Brian Laidlaw‘s first full-length poetry collection, The Stuntman. The evening’s focus is on the relationships among poetry, music, and communities.

In addition to Laidlaw, the evening will include performances by Allison LaBonne and Brian Tighe (both of the local pop group the Owls); Joe Horton (of the hip-hop group No Bird Sing); and Chris Martin (a poet and rapper; no relation to the Coldplay frontman). After the performances, the artists will talk about how their work “either resulted from literary experiment or led to it.”

Though this is Laidlaw’s first full-length poetry collection, it’s not his first foray into written verse: last year he released a unique multimedia project, Amoritorium, via Paper Darts. His new book The Stuntman is being released with a companion album; a video for the song “Seventh Street” was filmed in the Hibbing High School Auditorium, where Bob Dylan had his first-ever public performance.

Tickets to the release show ($10, or free for ARTshare members) are available here. On Nov. 7, you can see Laidlaw in Ely as part of Caravan du Nord.

Christina Ayodele is a student at the College of Saint Benedict. Follow her on Twitter at @xtinaayo.