Friday: Cullen Bailey Burns at Studio Z

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Rhythms are freely circulating tonight at Lowertown’s Studio Z as the venue pairs two art forms that have both seen their share of followers and naysayers. An Evening of Poetry and Jazz welcomes poet and English professor Cullen Bailey Burns as she introduces her second book of poetry, Slip. Bailey Burns has a decorated history of published works that include a Minnesota Book Awards finalist book and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Slip dwells on several themes including the passage of time, shades of grief, and memory and has rung praise from Bailey Burns’ contemporaries: fellow poet Stuart Dybek notes a “delicate timbre” to her words. Providing less fragile, but equally melodic chords, she is joined by a trio of jazz musicians, Mary Louise Knutson, Eric Graham, and Richard Murphy. Bring your friends for a bit of foot-tapping and a bit of well-metered prose. There’ll be more than enough beats to go around. 7 p.m. Free. —IW

Studio Z, 275 E. Fourth St., Ste. 200 St. Paul., 651-755-1600, studiozstpaul.com