Northfield Arts & Culture Commission Announces 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners

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The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s sixth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 102 poems submitted for judging, nine poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  

The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition.  We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:

                        Barbara Belobaba

                        Becky Boling

                        Julia Braulick

                        Steven McCown (2 poems)

                        Orick Peterson

                        Anne Running Sovik

                        Lori Stoltz

                        Richard Waters

You can read the winning poems here.                              

The five contest judges were drawn from across the community, representing the colleges, city staff, the community, professional writers, and published poets.  Judging was completely blind, in that poems were not identified by authors’ names at the time of judging.  Judges were: Diane LeBlanc, Director of Writing/Professor, St. Olaf College and a published poet; Toni Easterson, published writer and poet, member of Northfield Women Poets; Dr. Chris Richardson, former English teacher, principal, and current Northfield Superintendent of Schools; Philip Spensley, former ACC Chair, published poet and playwright, actor, and Professor Emeritus of Theatre; and Jasper Kruggel, City of Northfield’s Streets and Parks Manager.

The winning poems will be on display at the interim location of the Northfield Public Library at City Hall, posted on the Friends and Foundation of the Library website and the ACC page of the City of Northfield website, and shared with local media.  Poems will be installed in City sidewalks over the spring and summer, as weather permits.  Following the installation of this year’s winning poems, a Sidewalk Poetry celebration will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 7 pm on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield.

This project is funded by 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 Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library.