2014 Sidewalk Poetry Winners Announced

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission

2014 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 fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts.  Chosen from among 89 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.  

The Arts and Culture Commission 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:

Chris Ellison

Dana Engstrom 

Christine Kallman 

Anna Moltchanova 

Rhea Mehrkens                                                                                                                                                                       

Orick Peterson

Kaethe Schwein

Bella Smith

Lori Stoltz

The five contest judges were drawn from across the community, representing the colleges, the city, 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, St. Olaf College and a published poet; Doug Green, published poet, teacher of writing at Augsburg College and former contest winner; Patsy Dew, local artist and recently selected Living Treasure by the Arts and Culture Commission; Scott Tempel, Northfield’s City Planner; and Lynne Young, recently retired Director of the Northfield Library.

Beginning in May, poems will be installed in City sidewalks over the summer, as weather permits.  Following the installation of this year’s winning poems, a Sidewalk Poetry celebration will take place in August 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 Northfield Area Foundation.



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