Poets come together for Poetry on the Wall

Poetry on the Wall winners included (from left): Doris Stengel, Charlie Johnson, Laura Hansen and Susan Smith-Grier.

Poetry on the Wall winners included (from left): Doris Stengel, Charlie Johnson, Laura Hansen and Susan Smith-Grier.

The 2014 “Poetry on the Wall” event was celebrated with a reception, poetry reading and announcement of the winners at the Q Gallery in the Franklin Arts Center.  The reception included an exhibit of 52 poems and a standing room only audience with more than 70 in attendance.

Twenty-one poets read one of their submitted poems; those reading included Ruth Boldan, Carol Campbell, Charmaine Donovan, Carole Eliseuson, John Erickson, Audrae Gruber, Laura Hansen, Kathy Hegstad, Charles Johnson, Kathy Krueger, Pat Mortenson, Dan Noss, Bob Passi, Kate Perkins, Sue Ready, Orphie Anderson Shellum, Candace Simar, Susan Smith-Grier, Joel Soukup, Doris Stengel and Bonnie Tinnes.  Following the readings, the audience voted on their favorite poem of all 52 entries.

The third place poem, “Responding to a Facebook Message I Set Out to Write a Poem that Heals,” was awarded to Laura Hansen of Little Falls. Second place went to a poem by Charles Johnson, Brainerd, entitled “A Blunt Opinion about Opinions.”  First place went to Brainerd resident Doris Stengel for her work “Homage.”  To conclude the reception, the People’s Choice award went to Susan Smith-Grier for her poem “Transplanted.”

Poetry judge was Penelope Swan. The project, under the artistic direction of Millie Morris of the Crossing Arts Alliance and managed by Krista Rolfzen Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency, was made possible through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council.

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