May 20, 2019

Poetry On The Wall, 2014 Poetry Winners

unnamed (1)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 on Saturday, Feb. 8.  At the start of the reception, the gallery was filled to standing room with over 70 in attendance. All 52 submitted poems were posted on the four walls of the gallery for all to see and read. The program began with an introduction of contest judge Penelope Swan by Krista Rolfzen Soukup of the Blue Cottage Agency, located in Brainerd.  Ms. Swan explained her process as contest judge, in which she evaluated 52 submitted poems.  She remarked that she was impressed by the quality of the poems and would be glad to meet the winners at the end of the reception. Twenty one poets then each 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. unnamedAs the votes were tallied, guest speaker Sheila O’Connor spoke of her career as a writer. Following Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Soukup and Ms. Swan announced the winners as selected by Judge Swan.  The third place poem, “Responding to a Facebook Message I Set Out to Write a Poem that Heals’ by Laura Hanson 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 “Tranplanted”.

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