Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kathleen A. Jesme AKA Kathleen Jesme
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Connect to new Minnesota audiences by presenting a workshop titled "How to Read a Poem" at public libraries. Complete the manuscript of my fifth book. I will track the number of people who attend my workshop and the number who buy my book, Meridian. Increasing the number of readings/workshops I do within the state of Minnesota will also work to increase awareness of my work. 2: Enhance my reputation as a poet in Minnesota. I will develop and present workshops at Public Libraries throughout Minnesota. At ea

Measurable Outcome(s)

Through the workshops I gave throughout Minnesota and the readings I gave, I was able to significantly enhance my reputation as a poet in Minnesota. I sold 95 copies of my book Meridian, and also gave away 34 copies at the workshops I conducted. In addition, Small Press Distributors sold over 1,000 copies of Meridian in the U.S., and my publisher went to a second printing. I developed a one-hour workshop on How to Read as Poem and presented it at public libraries, an arts center, and two salon gatherings throughout Minnesota, focusing especially on the northern tier of the state. The workshop proved to be popular, rating a 4.8 on a 5-point scale. I will continue to offer this workshop to libraries around the state beyond the end of my grant.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Jesme will publicize her book Meridian and connect to new Minnesota audiences by presenting a workshop at public libraries. She will complete the manuscript for her book Coastline, scheduled for publication by Ahsahta Press in 2014.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kathleen A. Jesme AKA Kathleen Jesme
(651) 455-7814
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kristina Bigalk: Poet, Director of Creative Writing, Normandale Community College; Mark Conway: Executive director, Literary Arts Institute, College of Saint Benedict; writer and poet; Crystal Gibbins: Writer, Editor, PhD Candidate, Bauedette; Carla-Elaine Johnson: Poet, Faculty member, Augsburg College; Linda LeGarde Grover: Poet, fiction and nonfiction writer; Associate professor, American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth; LouAnn Muhm: Poet, teacher, Park Rapids; Carlisa Rivamonte: Executive Director, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley; Jeffrey Shotts: Senior Editor, Graywolf Press, Minneapolis; Jon Spayde: Writer, Performer, poet, and editor, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed