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Keynote Speaker , Program Schedule and Service Providers

Keynote Speaker: Lynette Reini-Grandel

Lynette is an award-winning poet, author, a multidisciplinary collaborative artist, and a professor. Author of 2023’s Wild Things: A Trans-Glam-Punk-Rock Love Story (Minnesota Historical Society Press) she has also penned two books of poetry, Wild Verge and Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press). She is a professor of English and creative writing at Normandale Community College and teaches at The Loft literary center. She holds a BA in English from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota. She produces and co-hosts "Write on the Radio" on KFAI, interviewing local and national writers about their work. The story of her marriage to Venus DeMars is highlighted in Venus of Mars, a feature-length documentary (2004) by Emily Goldberg that has toured film festivals around the world. Lynette and Venus live in Minneapolis on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people.


Wild Things: A Trans-Glam-Punk-Rock Love Story is Lynette’s 2023 memoir exploring her marriage to Minneapolis-based transgender musician, visual artist, writer, activist and performer Venus de Mars during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The couple has been married for over 40 years.

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Program Schedule

In addition to scheduled events the following are available:

Walk the Labyrinth - map available

Massage - schedule at the check in table - Health Center (extra payment required)

Barbie Transformations - Rotary cabin kitchen

Games - Rotary cabin dining room

Service Providers Will Be Added When Identified

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