All About Wordplay 2021

Thank you to all who made Wordplay 2021 a success.
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Courtesy of The Loft Literary Center.

This year’s Wordplay event featured a phenomenal showcase of the St. Catherine Community. Through contributions from President Becky Roloff '76, Tarshia L. Stanley, PhD, Taiyon Coleman, PhD and Cecilia Konchar Farr, PhD, and Natalie Eschenbaum, the University demonstrated how truly dedicated we are to women leading and influencing.

Through giveaways, community members engaged in exclusive events, won books, or received enhanced tickets to experience everything Wordplay had to offer. Attendees from around the country joined live, with opportunities for many more to view event recordings until June 1, 2021. 

The Loft’s executive and artistic director Britt Udesen shared, “This year, in another virtual iteration, we continued the tradition of presenting critical conversations that dug deep into conversations around social justice. I was lucky enough to attend a conversation between Tai Coleman and Randa Jarrar that made me wish I was an undergraduate again so I could take ALL of Tai's classes. Becky Roloff led an event intended for kids but exciting for all readers, titled She Persisted, that inspired all of us to be leaders. Tarshia Stanley's lunchtime conversation with Rivers Solomon was the Loft staff's favorite event of the festival both because of the beauty of Rivers' writing but also the incredibly thought provoking and generous questions Tarshia brought. None of that would have been possible without the support and leadership of St. Kate's.” 

Moderated by St. Kate’s Leadership

Weren’t able to join live for Wordplay events moderated by St. Catherine University leadership? Watch the recordings of each event below.

She Persisted, moderated by President Becky Roloff '76

Join beloved children's authors and heroes in their own right as they tell true stories about women who have persisted. Featuring Meg Medina,Sayantani DasGupta, Michelle Knudsen, and Chelsea Clinton.

Rivers Solomon, moderated by Tarshia L. Stanley, PhD, Dean of the School of Humanities

Rivers Solomon presents Sorrowland: A Novel as a genre-bending work of Gothic fiction in which family, identity, and brutality are all put to the test.

Critical Conversations

Mother, Daughter, Witch, Savior,” “Sense of Adventure,” and “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” were not only featured as St. Catherine University Critical conversations, but also featured the exceptional work of Taiyon Coleman, PhD, Cecilia Konchar Farr, PhD, and Natalie Eschenbaum. Coleman and Konchar Farr facilitated Q&A sessions before and after events while Eschenbaum and Konchar Farr provided book reviews for featured works in the festival.

The entire community truly came together to support the opportunities provided by our sponsorship of the Wordplay festival.

See the 2021 Full Lineup and view individual events.