“Because we

are each a word in a great conversation,

and the word

is good.”

from the poem,

In the Great Conversation

by Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse, poet, writes in a voice described by Naomi Shihab Nye as “potent, clear-cut, honest – no posturing, no distractions. All heart and soul and care.” You can read her books in your book club or by yourself, attend her readings, join her poetry classes, use her manuscript critique service, collaborate on a project, or surprise her.

Margaret's extensive archive is now a part of the University of Minnesota Library's Upper Midwest Literary Archives, here.

Summoned, Hasse’s sixth full-length collection of poetry, was launched at Rain Taxi's Book Festival in October 2021.  It's title comes from a sign at the Floyd Memorial: "All mothers were summoned when George Floyd called out for his." Her writing has been described by reviewers as lyrical and grounded, often based in narrative that finds radiance, meaning and sometimes humor in everyday experience. A suite of poems within the book entitled “Another Day of Being White” concerns current American strife, inequities, and division, and how we are all called to be better human beings.

Latest News

December 9, Thursday, 7:30 - 8:30pm – Midstream Reading Series, with Margaret Hasse, Ed Bok Lee, Kate MacLam, and Michael Walsh, hosted by Richard Terrill.

Join Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89713055749?pwd=VlNVblVHb1pxakhKaDhHcVY1ODd1dz09

Meeting ID: 897 1305 5749  Passcode: 628298

Shelter, a new collaborative book with poems by Margaret Hasse and paintings by Sharon DeMark offers words and images of places of safety and comfort. Poetry and art are pleasures in all times but are particularly meaningful in a perilous passage, such as now. Available on Itasca Books or Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

Margaret's poem "Norwegian Grandmother's Song" appeared on The Writers Almanac on Friday, December 3: here

Read the article about Margaret and Sharon and their new book Shelter in the Highland Villager here.

Watch the virtual Launch Event for Shelter sponsored by SubText Books. Watch Hasse and DeMark at the launch that was held on October 6 2020. with reading, conversation, and audience Q&A here.

Margaret's poem “Belongings” appeared on The Writers Almanac on Monday, Oct 26: here

Margaret's poem “What the Window Washers Did” appeared on The Writers Almanac on Saturday, October 24th. here