League of Minnesota Poets presents:

Frolicking with Laureates
2023 Spring Conference – April 21 – 23rd

with special guest

Gwen Westerman

Best Western Plus – New Ulm, MN

The 2023 League Spring Conference will be a celebration of laureateship this year as we welcome the Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman as our speaker. We’ll also be celebrating the appointment of a new League of Minnesota Poets Laureate as well. Friday night we will also hear a reading from the inaugural winner of our John Calvin Rezmerski Manuscript Competition, Charles Gillispie. In addition to these celebrations, we’ll have writing workshops from Southern Minnesota Poet chapter members Jana Bauma and Derek Leibertz, a poetry critique session with Sue Chambers and Christina Flaugher, and a Poetry Tasting by Peter Stein at Schell’s brewing. Join us in celebration and a taste of the poetic flavors of Southern Minnesota has to offer!

Registration includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner.

The Schell’s Brewery tour may be added on to registration with payment and must be paid separately.

Scholarship funds may be available if the cost of the conference is cost-prohibitive. If dues are a financial barrier, contact us to apply for a scholarship. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please donate here.

Rooms are available at the Best Western at a discounted rate if reserved by March 22nd. Any reservations made after this date are subject to availability. Contact them with the info below, or book a room online HERE

Best Western Plus New Ulm
2101 S Broadway St.
New Ulm, MN 56073


Add to your calendar:

Friday April 21:

1:00 p.m. Registration table open

2:00 p.m. Schell’s Brewery tour and Poetry Tasting with Peter Stein
(Flight of beer included with tour. $15.00 additional registration)

6:00 p.m. Cash Bar and Welcome dinner
7:30 p.m. John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Winner reading
Charles Gillispie

8:00 p.m. Read Around/Open Mic

Saturday April 22:

9:00 a.m. Poetry Critique – Sue Chambers & Christina Flaugher

11:00 a.m. League General Membership Meeting

noon LUNCH

1:30 p.m. Pecha Kucha – Jana Bouma

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Writing Workshop with Gwen Westerman

4:30 p.m. free time

6:00 p.m. Cash Bar/ DINNER Gwen Westerman Keynote address

8:00 p.m. Special League Poet Laureate Induction

Sunday April 23:
9:00 a.m. Open Mic

10:30 a.m. Writing Workshop with Derek Liebertz

11:30 a.m. President Amanda Bailey announcements/reports and adjournment