SAINT PAUL (January 31, 2019) A crew of intergenerational community editors have chosen the 10 poems and 10 artists whose work will be highlighted inside rocks that light up in the dark at Frogtown Farm this summer. Each artist will create visual art that is a reflection of a poem. The poem and artwork will be combined into a broadside poster for a total of 10 broadsides. The solar-powered rocks are being created by students at Imhotep Science Academy in Saint Paul.

The broadsides created will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Poetry and Plants! in the Park in the Dark. At the party, each poet will read their poem and each artist will be asked to comment on their creative process. Frogtown Farm will be giving away seedlings too! We will have a beautiful meal and celebrate light and poetry and art and plants.

The public is invited, and we hope you can make it and spend some time basking in the beauty of Frogtown Farm.

Congratulations to all the selected poets and artists. And thank you to everyone who took the risk of submitting. It is a courageous thing to do and we encourage you to submit at every opportunity!

The project is made possible with the support of Knight Foundation through its Knight Arts Challenge, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

 

Selected Poems and Poets:

  • “Rainbow Pasta Salad with Salami” by Benjamin Klas
  • “Margaret Says” by Alice Duggan
  • “Why Am I Here?” by Mary Harrell
  • “Taco Love” by Jennifer Hernandez
  • “Food for Thought” by Sunny Hilden
  • “Love & Hate (A part of me)” by Maly Lee
  • “Rondo Tree” by Margaret Lovejoy
  • “Ode to Immigrants” by Aarohi Narain
  • “One Note. One Dish. One Love.” by Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
  • “Black Bean Salad” by Sheronda Orridge

 

Selected Artists:

  • Christopher Harrison for “Rainbow Pasta Salad with Salami”
  • Sharon Demark for “Margaret Says”
  • Jamie Wright for “Why Am I Here?”
  • Deanne L Parks for “Taco Love”
  • Alexandra Guirlina for “Food for Thought”
  • Jem X for “Love & Hate (A part of me)”
  • Thomas Reynen for “Rondo Tree”
  • Ephrem Mamecha for “Ode to Immigrants”
  • Ann Sisel for “One Note. One Dish. One Love.”
  • Leann Johnson for “Black Bean Salad”