Mike Rollin has worked as a translator, writing instructor, and community organizer. He lives in Minneapolis. The Beat is a daily reminder that, in Minnesota poetry matters, and Minnesota poets prove that every day.
George Washington asked Americans to give thanks for their freedom. Britt Aamodt takes us to Minnesota’s first day of thanks in 1860 undertaken in a spirit of well-being that within a year would be shaken by one of the most cataclysmic events in the nation’s history.