December 19, 2016

Keynote Speakers

Day One

Monologist and playwright Kevin Kling grew up in Osseo, Minnesota and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has performed his plays in Sweden; the Czech Republic; Sydney and Perth, Australia; and Edinburgh, Scotland. His autobiographical piece Home and Away premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and moved off Broadway to Second Stage Theater, where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award under the direction of David Esbjornson.

His plays have been produced at the Goodman Theatre, Jungle Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, InterAct, Guthrie Theater, and regional theaters throughout the country. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and McDowell Institute. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, A.P. Anderson Award, the VSA Jeahny, and the Eric Peterson Award. Kevin was officially appointed the Minneapolis Story Laureate by Mayor R.T. Rybak in 2014.

He appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee; is a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and has authored five books published by Borealis Books: The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, Big Little Brother, Big Little Mother, and On Stage with Kevin Kling. His book Come and Get It was chosen as the 2011 Minnesota Center for Book Arts Winter Book. Kevin has produced six storytelling CDs.

His website is

Day Two

For over 20 years, Anson Green has been a leader in adult education, workforce development, and community college instructional design. His passion is developing and deploying innovative programs for Texans who desire to increase their education and preparedness to attain their career ambitions. He loves to challenge legacy perspectives and the status quo in education.

Mr. Green is the State Director of the Adult Education and Literacy program at the Texas Workforce Commission, managing the transfer and transformation of the $73,000,000 program into a fully integrated part of the Texas Workforce Solutions system. He has introduced a rigorous performance and accountability quality model, and expanded distance learning and career pathways options while increasing funding and engagement with nonprofit organizations, libraries, and community colleges.

Mr. Green is a member of both the National Reporting System Technical Workgroup and WIOA Data Infrastructure workgroup. He is a former National Institute for Literacy research fellow and has held teaching posts at St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Florida State University, Texas Lutheran University, and Northside ISD.