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, Sydney and Perth, Australia, Edinburgh, Scotland and in the Czech Republic. His autobiographic piece Home and Away premiered at the Seattle Rep and moved to Second Stage Theater, off Broadway, under the direction of David Esbjornson, where it received a received a Drama Desk Award nomination.

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

He appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, is a commentator for National Public Radio’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 2012 Minnesota Center for Books 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.