National Poetry Month 2014


April is National Poetry Month! Although the month is already half over, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate poetry this April. Here are some ideas:

  • Listen to the winners of the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest read their winning poems and talk to KYMN’s ArtZany! host Paula Grandquist about poetry. The show, originally broadcast on Friday, April 11, is archived here
  • Attend a poetry reading. On Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Monkey See, Monkey Read, you can listen to poets Dallas Crow (St. Paul) and Rob Hardy (Northfield) read their poetry. You can find out more about the reading here.
  • Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24. You can find out more about this event here.
  • Buy a book of poetry at Monkey See, Monkey Read, or at either of the college bookstores. How about Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, which is published by Minnesota’s own Graywolf Press? Or a book of poems published by Northfield’s Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press?
  • Take a walk in Northfield and read the poems stamped on the sidewalks. 
  • Sign up to have a daily poem delivered to your email inbox by the Academy of American Poets. 
  • Get your daily poem online from Poetry Daily or Verse Daily
  • Write a poem. It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s Sidewalk Poetry Contest

Finally, you can enjoy Paul Krause's documentary on Northfield's sidewalk poetry.

The Sidewalk Poetry Contest and Poem in Your Pocket Day are projects of the City of Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) and receive generous funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) through the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, with added support from the Northfield Area Foundation. Other ACC collaborative projects receiving SEMAC fundinginclude the High School Sculpture Project and Sidewalk Poetry. If you would like to make a financial donation to any of these projects, please contact Arts and Culture Commission Chair, Philip Spensley (