“We are back!”
Merrifield, Minnesota

Thursday, July 15th through Sunday July 18, 2021

Come back to the cabin and celebrate live poetry! Space is limited to allow for distancing.  EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO SHOW YOU HAVE BEEN VACINATED FOR COVID more than two weeks prior to the retreat.  Camping out on the property is a possibility. There are motels within 10 minutes if you prefer your own room.

Each poet should bring food and at least a thirty minute program. (Keep this a secret, you don’t have to tell Sue what you are doing.)  This can be a writing workshop, talk on writing forms, a reading from a famous poet.  Let your imagination run wild!  Be sure and bring your own poems for many sessions of “read-arounds”. 


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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and SCSC.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Learn more through the virtual workshop that was compiled by participants, educators and competition judges to help educators and students learn more about the program and to improve poetry presentation skills.

Join us this summer for FREE Poetry Speaks events!

Learn more about Poetry Out Loud with student recitations and poet spotlights at events across the state. View the flier for more information and register here. For students who would like to participate, please view the Poetry Speaks selections.

This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

League of Minnesota Poets 37th Annual Contest 2021!

No entries accepted before May 1st, 2021. Deadline: July 31, 2021 (postmark).

Full details are in the brochure.

League of Minnesota Poets 37th Annual Contest 2021 Brochure




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 Poets.org
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 editor@pw.org.)

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.”