SE Minnesota poets announce Bright Light Stories in the Night contest winners
Published 6:50 am Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Southeastern Minnesota Poets has announced the winners of their Bright Light Stories in the Night Poetry and Illustration Contest.
Selected poems will be illustrated by selected artists to create an e-chapbook that will be presented at a family-friendly virtual reading event at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Tim Brennan – Allegretto – Austin
•D.E. Green – Tree on a Hill: Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota – Northfield
• Jennifer Jesseph – With Wings – Pine Island
• Scott Lowery – To My Brother, Again – Rollingstone
• Steven McCown – Genesis – Northfield
• Jean Prokott – Prose Aubade Ending with Lipstick – Rochester
• Anne Shea – Pretend – Rochester
• John Sievers – Translucent – Rochester
Becky Boling (Northfield), Jake Griggs (Dakota), Teri Joyce (Rochester), Christopher Kendall (Winona), Heidi Magnuson (Northfield), Kent McCullough (Winona), Kit Rohrback (Rochester), Danny Solis (Rochester), Barb Terrill (Owatonna), and Steven Vogel (Rochester).
• Michael King – Rochester
• Barbara Kinnick – Rochester
• Rita LeDuc – Fountain
• Leisa Luis-Grill – Rochester
• Kenna Sandborn – Byron
• Eric Thomas – Alden
• Megan Fick – Plainview
• Toni Easterson – Northfield
Selected poets will receive $100 and publication in the chapbook. Poets named honorable mention will receive $50 and have their poem illustrated as a broadside.
Selected artists will receive a $200 prize to create 4-6 illustrations of one of the selected poems for the “Bright Light Stories in the Night” e-chapbook. Artists named honorable mention will receive a $50 prize to create a broadside for an honorable mention poem.
Rebecca Houston of Byron was an artist semifinalist.
Judges for the contest were Minnesota poets Micki Blenkush, James Cihlar, and Chavonn Williams Shen and Minnesota artists Ayub HajiOmar, Kate Halverson, and Simon Huelsbeck.
Visit www.facebook.com/events/2646226775707621 for complete Bright Light Stories in the Night event information.