The Author spent her formative years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since then, she has lived in the Twin Cities area most of her adult life. She has two adult children who also live in the Twin Cities. Evelyn Klein, author/speaker/artist works, also, as a writing consultant, editor, and independent scholar. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.S.T. in English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She taught in the public schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, at Century College, and at the Loft Literary Center.
Her articles, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and anthologies, including the Saint Paul Almanac, The Wind Blows, the Wind Breaks, MJA Elements, and The Minnesota Scholar. She is a prize-winning poet with the Family Housing Fund’s “Home Sweet Home Again” exhibit in Minneapolis and the Minnesota Jung Association, among others. She edited the poetry anthology Stage Two Poetic Lives with illustrations by her father, Wolfgang Klein, as a result of facilitating a poetry group at the Loft Literary Center.
She published three books of poetry, prose, and art. Her poetry memoir, From Here Across the Bridge, illustrated with woodcuts by Wolfgang Klein, was published in 2006, winning a cover award with the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Association. Once upon a Neighborhood, a book about community in the Twin Cities, published in 2009, and Seasons of Desire, a book about seasons of living and following one’s dreams, published in 2012, is composed of poetry, prose, and Klein’s own artwork. Both books can now be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s permanent library collection.
Of course, she has other books in the works. There is no shortage of ideas, and it’s only a matter of time.
Literary and Artistic Background
At an early age, I found my way into writing. The writing was something I enjoyed because it felt so right. Writing and literature and language itself were always my favorite subjects in school. They were like an excursion into secrets of living. So naturally, I chose to study this area as part of my secondary education route into teaching. Soon love of writing led to long letters home, then to professional writing, newspaper articles, and poetry in my spare time. Yet it took a study of Virginia Woolf, seven years of facilitating a poetry group at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and the editing of a poetry anthology for the writers’ group entitled State Two Poetic Lives before I was ready to publish my first book of poetry, FromHere Across the Bridge. I now find inspiration for writing and art in the pages of living, in people, family, nature, particularly in long nature walks. Sometimes, it is hard to know how to start the creative venture, with a drawing, a poem, a story, or an essay.
Initially, my artistic interests found expression primarily in fashion and decorating. And my father, Wolfgang Klein, the graphic artist, furnished the woodcut illustrations for my first book, something for which I was extremely grateful. But with my second and third books, Once upon a Neighborhood and Seasons of Desire, I began to do my own artwork, since by then my father had passed away.
I feel artwork that goes with my writing offers an intimate introduction into the story or description at hand. Writing and illustrations, together, have become an indispensable complement to each other in my books and in my life.
Incidentally then, this combination inspired a branching into greeting cards, where illustrations and verses or greetings embrace the celebration of life’s important events and moments. Thus, they found their way in both English and German language versions to most author/artist events.
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