Call for Writers: Southeastern Minnesota Poets is seeking family-friendly poems for possible inclusion in a late-winter virtual program, Bright Light Stories in the Night. Six winning poems from local writers will be illustrated by local artists and incorporated into a e-chapbook that will be read by local celebrities—including Mayor Kim Norton—on the evening of February 26, 2021. Additional poems, including two honorable mentions, may be selected to be read at this virtual event but will not be illustrate.



Call for Artists: Southeastern Minnesota Poets is seeking family-friendly poems and for possible inclusion in a late-winter virtual program, Bright Light Stories in the Night. Southeastern Minnesota Poets is seeking six local artists interested in illustrating winning poems that will be selected for inclusion in a late-winter virtual program, Bright Light Stories in the Night. poems are intended to bring light, connection, and joy to our community, and winning artists will be expected to match the tone of the poem they will illustrate.



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.




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LOMP is asking for your participation in a project to reach out to our neighbors in congregate housing who not only have little (if any) opportunity to get outside, but are not able to welcome visitors during this time of COVID 19 isolation. We will be collecting poems, along with any messages, simple writing prompts, or artwork you care to add, to distribute to residents in local facilities. This is a wholly volunteer effort that will continue for as long as the lock-down continues. If interested, follow this link for details on how you can participate

Emergency Resources for Writers

COVID-19 Resources for Poets and Poetry Organizations from
Links to websites that provide information about emergency funding or additional resources for artists and arts organizations. They will be updating this list in the days and weeks ahead.

Resources for Writers in the Time of Coronavirus from Poets & Writers
They will be updating this list as they learn of new resources and opportunities. (If you know about an opportunity, initiative, or helpful resource not on this list, please send an e-mail to

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
MRAC has implemented an Emergency Relief Fund for arts groups and arts organizations. They provide grants of up to $2,500 for immediate expense needs (salaries, artist fees, etc.) due to loss of earned income because of COVID-19 for arts organizations and informal arts groups with budgets under $400,000 that are located in the 7-county metropolitan area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Authors League Fund
“Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.”