Mississippi Valley Poetry Walk

Submissions are now open for the Mississippi Valley Poets and Writers Chapter Poetry Walk! Poems selected will be displayed on signs on the Richfield Lake Park. Must be a League member to enter. Check out the submission guidelines and enter your poems HERE

The League of Minnesota Poets presents:

Unmute! A Spring Poetry Conference

April 23-25, 2021


Reconnect to poets and poetry via this online conference! Formal presentations provided via Zoom. Socializing and interactive creativity provided via the exciting (and easy-to-use) GatherTown online platform. Details for connecting to both platforms coming soon!

Supporting the Conference: In recognition of the challenges presented by COVID, this conference will be supported through a pay-as-you-are-able model. The cost of providing this conference is approximately $25 per person. If you are able to contribute more than that amount, you will support others who may need to contribute less. Please contribute as you are able to this year’s conference!

Register Online Here


Printable Registration and Schedule



Spring Newsletter



Join us for Bright Light Stories in the Night, a virtual event in the deep of winter, where Rochester Mayor Kim Norton, Dr. Jeffery Boyd, Dr. Jess Garcia, Eric Kerska, Lorelai Lewis, Kesarin Mehta, Claudia Tabini, and Juan Vasquez will read from a special e-chapbook of family-friendly poems written by local writers and illustrated by local artists. The event will be emceed by Vivien Williams, and special guest Susan McMillan, Rochester’s Poet Laureate, will also read an original work and lead a question and answer session with the project’s poets and artists following the reading.
Just when winter seems like it will never end, Bright Light Stories in the Night will allow us to gather together and celebrate the light and connections we have in our community.
This activity was 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.
Event image credited to Kenna Sandborn.
Topic: Bright Light Stories in the Night Event
Time: Feb 26, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Read Bright Light Stories in the Night e-book here




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.”