Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Sample night live – something for everyone

My co-worker, Lynne, went to Sample Night Live last week and told me all about it. She said it was a blast (and claims to have laughed from start to finish). Sample Night is, well, a sample night of performing arts from different acts in the Twin Cities. And when they say sample, they aren’t kidding. There is something for everyone there.

From poetry to theater to heavy metal local music to puppets, pretty much anyone can find something they might enjoy at one of these events. They take place on the first Wednesday of each month. I just might have to check out May’s event.

Has anyone else checked this out? It sounds like good fun.

Graywolf Press Poet Reading at Inauguration

The poet who will be reading at Obama’s inauguration, Elizabeth Alexander, is published by local Graywolf Press:

Elizabeth Alexander, who teaches at Yale, was plucked last week from the relatively obscure recesses of contemporary poetry for a moment on the world stage. President-elect Barack Obama has commissioned her to compose and read a poem for his inauguration, making her only the fourth poet in American history to read at one and elevating the art to unaccustomed prominence in the national psyche, at least for a day.

Mr. Obama’s inauguration, on Jan. 20, calls for an “occasional poem,” written to commemorate a specific event. This is not precisely what Ms. Alexander does, but she is preparing for the challenge.

“Writing an occasional poem has to attend to the moment itself,” she said in an interview, “but what you hope for, as an artist, is to create something that has integrity and life that goes beyond the moment.”

Another Public Poetry Contest

Sponsored by The Southwest Journal:

The Southwest Journal will include its quarterly poetry section in the April 21 edition. This is the second year the Journal has published poems by neighborhood poets for the Southwest Poetry Project. Look for the poems in the Focus section. If you’re interested in submitting a poem for possible inclusion in the Journal, e-mail our contributing poetry editor Doug Wilhide at The deadline is March 31.

Not so permanent as St Paul’s Sidewalk Poetry project, but this one doesn’t cost you anything to enter.

St Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest

Public Art Saint Paul and Saint Paul’s Department of Public Works are soliciting poems from the public to be permanently installed on Saint Paul sidewalks.

We are looking for short poems that provide a delightful moment of outdoor reading. Poems may be inspiring, funny, meaningful, cynical, mundane…anything appropriate for the general public.

You have to be a Saint Paul resident. 500-ish character limit. Up to 20 poems will be selected and winners get $150, their poem installed on a sidewalk, and also published in a book and on the project’s website. Deadline is April 25, 2008.

All the details are at Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk.

The kicker: $3 entry fee. So you have to actually mail that in. I don’t know who still writes checks these days, but the opportunity to have your work installed as public art — especially if you’re not an artist — is too good to pass up! Too bad I don’t live in Saint Paul. I’ll take a stab at it, though. Haiku is the perfect form for this one.

east of the river
quaint, classic, don’t forget we
have the capitol

I know y’all can do better.

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