Southeastern Minnesota Poets (SEMNP) of Rochester, Minnesota welcomes poets of all ages and stages in their writing careers. We foster growth, experience, and understanding of the art of poetry through writing, reading, and discussion.

SEMNP seeks to provide poets and poetry lovers living in southeastern Minnesota with opportunities to connect, by offering meetings and workshops to share poems and hone craft, and by promoting poetry through readings, contests, literary festivals, and other poetry events. SEMNP sees education as a necessary offshoot of its mission.


SEMNP Monthly Gatherings


  • Second Tuesday of every month, 2–3:30 PM, at Rochester VFW
  • Third Thursday of every month, 6:30–8:30 PM, email us for the location
  • Fourth Friday of every month, 5:30-7:00 PM, email us for the Zoom link

For information, email us at, or visit our Facebook Page:

Bright Light Stories in the Night

During the early days of the pandemic, SEMNP wanted to create a virtual event that would bring our community together despite the distance COVID created. Bright Light Stories in the Night – a virtual reading of a special e-chapbook featuring poetry by local poets illustrated by local artists – did just that.


Volume 2

Event Reading & Q/A

March 4, 2022


Volume 1

Event Reading & Q/A

February 26, 2021