Poet to read collection at SCUUF service

Local poet Laurie Allmann will read from “An Hour from Now,” a collection of poems published by Nodin Press, at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 15, at the Sunday service of the St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Croix Falls. The public is welcome to attend. Steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, Allmann’s poems are inspired by experiences in St. Croix Valley’s natural areas through the seasons. Chel Anderson, co-author of “North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast,” says Allmann’s insights “pierce the culture-weary soul, sketching the complexity of what it means to belong to this place, any place, on Earth.” Allmann is the recipient of a Minnesota Book Award for “Far From Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent,” University of Minnesota Press. She has been a regularly featured commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and was on the writing team for the series “Minnesota: A History of the Land,” a co-production of Bell Museum Productions and Twin Cities Public Television. Allmann has been a wilderness canoe guide, naturalist and instructor for The Loft Literary Center and a conservation activist involved in many state and local issues. She lives in the St. Croix Valley, where she works as a freelance environmental writer and founding co-editor of Agate Magazine. Formed in 2012, SCUUF is a liberal faith community that welcomes everyone. Unitarian Universalists, or “UUs,” are people of all ages, of many backgrounds and of many beliefs. Located in the Edling Building on the corner of Adams and Louisiana streets, its fellowship gathers at 10 a.m. the first three Sundays of the month. For information visit - Photo provided

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