Molly Van Avery
Embedding poetry into the everyday
Poetry for People
Molly Van Avery is the Founder of Minneapolis-based Poetry for People. The mission of Poetry for People is to infuse poetry into the daily lives of people and neighborhoods to cultivate pleasure, curiosity, and interest in the world and the people who live in it.
Poetry & Pie
in the Park
this house is not for sale
Molly Van Avery is a performance artist, educator, and community-based artist living in the Powderhorn neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Van Avery designs poetry-based public art projects that rely on both intimacy and spectacle. Poetry has taught her about the music and silence that surrounds language and so she seeks to embed the the poetic into the public to inspire moments of stillness or connection.
Molly is the Artist and Community Coordinator at Pillsbury House + Theatre and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. In all of these creative and professional roles, Molly is passionate about racial equity in the arts and loves creating artistic opportunities for emerging, queer, and/or artists of color to re-shape the world with gorgeous visions of what has been, is, and might be. She is proud to be a single mama by choice and is inspired to co-create a more just world with, for, and because of all the children.
Additional Personal Projects
A mobile engagement tool commissioned by Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Office to increase participation in the Comprehensive Planning Process.
Conceived of by Mike Hoyt, Molly Van Avery, bike created by Adam Croft
Illuminate the Lock:
Returning the River
by Mike Hoyt, Dameun Strange, and Molly Van Avery with Ritika Ganguly
September 20, 21, 22, 2018
Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
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or to book Molly to do customized poetry at your event, please email her,
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