Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Bonnie Jean Flom from the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission and winners from the 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest.
Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission
DEJA TU HUELLA / MAKE YOUR MARK
2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest Winners Announced
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 ninth annual Sidewalk Poetry Competition: DEJA TU HUELLA / MAKE YOUR MARK. Chosen from among 126 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks. In the first year of opening the contest to submissions in Spanish, three such poems have been selected by the judges, with seven English poems among the winning entries.
The ACC applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition. The winners of Northfield’s 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest are:
Taide Rodriguez Marcial Leslie Schultz
The five contest judges were drawn from across the community, representing the colleges, the City, the community, and published poets. Judging was completely blind, in that judges were provided no identifying information regarding the poets. Judges
were: Diane LeBlanc, Director of Writing, St. Olaf College and a published poet; Angelica Linder, Northfield Library Outreach Coordinator; Becky Boling, Carleton Spanish faculty member and published poet; Joel Olson, Northfield Schools Activities Director; and Rob Hardy, published poet and Northfield’s Poet Laureate.
The winning poems will be on display at the Northfield Public Library and City Hall, posted on the Friends and Foundation of the Library and City websites, and shared with local media. Beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer, poems will be installed in City sidewalks, as weather permits. A Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Celebration will take place on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 7 pm on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield. The public is invited to attend the festivities as the winning poets are honored.