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Button Poetry at Icehouse VII: Guante Release Party

  • Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Tickets available!


A writer and performer operating with both force and grace at the same time, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre's debut collection, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry, is making its second entry into the world this February. At his release party Guante will perform and bring his book to life, alongside openers Refugenius + Your Friend, Lydia Liza; he will also be available after to sign copies. Show is all ages, but content will not be censored. Hosted by Dua Saleh

Doors 7 PM // Show 7:30 PM
Tickets: $15 in advance // $20 at the door
Your ticket purchase includes a copy of the book! 

About the performers: 
Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. His work has appeared everywhere from the United Nations, to Welcome to Night Vale, Upworthy and beyond, and he currently makes a living traveling to colleges, conferences, and high schools, using spoken word as a jumping-off point for dialogue around identity, power, and activism.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Many Voices fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion fellow, a Theater Mu New Performance fellow, a VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Poets recipient, an Emerging Artist grant recipient from Forecast Pubic Art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. Keep up with her Refugenius. 

Your Friend, Lydia Liza Lydia Liza got her start in the group Bomba de Luz and began teaching herself the guitar at age 14. 
Lydia Liza has also shared stages directly with artists like The Goo Goo Dolls, Jake Bugg, P.O.S, Atmosphere, No Bird Sing, Dessa, Frankie Lee, J.E Sunde, Dead Man Winter, Dem AtlaS, Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles, Kimya Dawson, Jeremy Messersmith, Al Church, Caroline Smith, Family of The Year, Astronautalis, Chastity Brown, and many others. Liza's global re-write of "Baby It’s Cold Outside" with Josiah Lemanski went viral and got attention from featured on 89.3 The Current, CNN, Time Magazine, People Magazine, Billboard, and FOX news to name a few. 

Dua is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis. Within the past year, this artists has graced stages like First Ave, Button Poetry, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Five Watt, The Illusion Theater, The Cedar Cultural Center, Intermedia Arts, and so on. Though gaining attention as a performing artist, Dua has primarily been known for political organizing and workshop facilitation throughout the state of Minnesota through organizations and programs such as Unchain Our Children, Fighting Injustice Through Human Rights and more. Dua hopes to explore art as a means to engage in complex expressions of humanity.

About the book: 
One part mixtape, one part disorientation guide, and one part career retrospective, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre's debut looks you directly in the eye and doesn't let you flinch. Ranging from justice to love, community action to personal reflection, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry is a dedication to craft. Clocking in before the rest of us are even awake, the book wastes no time. It does the work and beckons you to follow. A compilation of poems, lyrics and essays from the UN presenter, MC, and two-time National Poetry Slam champion, this book is a love song tucked into a grenade, a necessary call that demands a response.

Earlier Event: February 24
Norseman's Cocktail Room 2nd Birthday
Later Event: February 26
Pedals & Purls