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Artists from New York, Minnesota visit Tower View

Artists and writers from New York City and Minnesota are spending August working on their individual disciplines at the Anderson Center at Tower View.

The Jerome Foundation of St. Paul has funded this month's residencies as a means of enhancing the professional growth and careers of emerging artists and writers, Anderson Center Director Robert Hedin said.

In addition to Attila Ray Dabasi (see related story), the August residents are as follows.

Aharon Levy

Fiction writer

A writer/screenwriter from Brooklyn, N.Y., Aharon Levy is devoting the month to completing a collection of eight short stories on the theme of modern faith and its intersection with various aspects of the secular world.

He was educated at Haverford College and Temple University and has received numerous honors and fellowships.

Community service: Goodhue County Adult Detention Center

Anne Nelson


Minneapolis artist Anne Nelson is exploring notions of place, she said in her artist statement, including words such as "home" and phrases like "I am from." She will work on four to oil paintings while at the Anderson Center.

Nelson was educated at the New York Center for Art and Media Studies and Bethel University in St. Paul, and she has worked in a supervisory position. Her work has been shown in New York, the Twin Cities and Germany.

Community service: Goodhue County Adult Detention Center

Eric Sasson


A writer from Brooklyn, N.Y., Eric Sasson is working on two novels: "Valhalla," which reveals what the rich and powerful in New York City will do to get their children into the right colleges, and a story about vampires dwelling among the Orthodox Jewish community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Sasson earned his master's degree from New York University. He is self-employed as a private tutor. His works have been chosen for several publications.

Community service: Fairview Deercrest

Denise Lajimodiere


Denise Lajimodiere, an assistant professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, is spending Aug. 1-15 working on her poetry. Michigan State University Press is publishing her poetry book, "Dragonfly Dance."

She was educated in Portland, Ore., and Grand Forks, N.D., and has worked as a teacher and school administrator. Lajimodiere also is involved in human rights activities, and has written about native females, reservation education and racism.

Community service: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing

Britt Aamodt

Fiction writer/screenwriter

Britt Aamodt of Elk River, Minn., will spend two weeks in Red Wing working on the novelization of his screenplay, "The Norm," which recently placed third in the Slamdance Screenwriting Competition. This fall, the Minnesota Historical Society Press will publish his first nonfiction book, "Superheroes, Strip Artists and Talking Animals: Minnesota's Contemporary Cartoonists."

Educated at Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Cloud State University, he is a full-time freelance writer. Aamodt also is active in storytelling and has does some teaching and radio work.

Community service: Minnesota Correctional Facility