The League of Minnesota Poets

2023 Fall Conference and Minnesota Poetry Prize Gala

Fall is just around the corner, which means so is our 2023 Fall Conference! Enjoy the fanfare of our Poetry Gala to celebrate our Annual Poetry Contest winners and the winner of the John Calvin Rezmerski Memorial Award. We are finalizing the schedule details which includes a variety of workshops, and rumors of axe throwing are circulating. Stay tuned for schedule details and registration, but in the meantime, book your room at the Embassy Suites East in Bloomington at the link below.

John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition

Deadline Extended: Sept 15th!

Submit your poetry manuscript to the second annual John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition to win publication and $1000  in prize money! Winner will also receive 20 complimentary author copies.
Winner will be announced at League of Minnesota Poets
2023 Minnesota Poetry Prizes Gala. 

Congratulations to Charles Gillispie, the winner of the 2022 inaugural John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition! A special thanks to Carol Clark Williams, this years judge for the competition. The Prize winning submission Ever Loyal to the Story will be available at our Spring conference in April. Here is the full list of awards by the judge.



Thank you to all who participated in our contest! Here are the winners and links to their poems.

Winning poems have been placed on signs at the Richfield Lake Park Preserve. The Poetry Walk is located right behind the Lake Winds Coop off Lyndale and 65th and is a beautiful .8-mile walk, with benches for rest and contemplation. On the stroll around the lake, you can read or listen to the poems on each of ten signs, which include a QR code, so you can hear the poems read in English and in Spanish. You can also read and hear the poems at the links below.

Judged by:  Paula Cisewski

Translator: Sarah Degner Riveros

Narrator: Maggie Gagliardi

 Nature Poetry Walk Winners – 2023-2024

  1. Windblown  – Margit Berman
  2. Walking Alone –  Kelly Westhoff
  3. Translation – Athena Kildegaard
  4. For Autumn  Murray McCartan
  5. Little Prayer – Kait Quinn
  6. Shush – Becky Boling
  7. Urban Wetland – Mary Lux
  8. Look Now – Mary Kay Rummel
  9. To Do Better – Donna Isaac
  10.  Frog – Marsh Muirhead

The Richfield Lake Park Poetry Walk is made possible by sponsors and donors. If you would like to contribute to keep this project running, please donate using the button below