Joseph Hart is author of THE ANNOTATED EVA GAY (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and DOWN AND OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MINNEAPOLIS'S SKID ROW (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), a history of Minneapolisís skid row, demolished in the early sixties as the nationís first downtown "slum clearance" project. His research for Down and Out was funded in part by grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Minnesota State Arts Board. A freelance writer and editor, Hartís features, reviews, profiles, and essays have appeared in publications including the Utne Reader, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, Mpls/St. Paul, and the Twin Cities news weekly City Pages, where he served as a staff writer. He is a member of the affiliate faculty at the University of Minnesotaís Department of English where he teaches writing and editing. He earned a BA in English (1992), and an MFA in creative writing (2000) from the University of Minnesota. Hart is a co-founder of the Tracyís Tertulia, a literary salon. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, writer and journalist Anne OíConnor, and their three children.
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