IMPRESSIONS to Launch with Party Near Green Line Terminus

Poetry and Art Travel Around the Twin Cities!


SAINT PAUL (January 31, 2017) The Saint Paul Almanac is ready to share the stunning work of the first six local poets and six local visual artists whose work will appear on Metro Transit trains and buses as a part of the IMPRESSIONS project. On Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m., the Almanac will host the first release party for IMPRESSIONS at Golden’s Lowertown.

In partnership with Metro Transit, Intersection, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, the Almanac is bringing together the work of 24 local writers and 24 local artists. Six broadsides will be published and produced each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year, inside 100 trains and buses in the Twin Cities and on bus kiosks and train platforms. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s poem combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.

This first release party will feature the first six broadsides featuring the work of the first six poets and six artists. The following poets and artists are featured in the Spring release:

“I don’t know if anyone ever told you” – Annette Marie Smith, art by Jeremy Downie

“The Green Line” – Michael Kleber-Diggs, art by Ellen Larsen

“Migration” – Casey Patrick, art by Katey Langer

“Saint Paul Public Library” – M. Wright, art by Leah Fargo

“4.22.16” – Madeline Reding, art by Kenneth Caldwell

“City Dawn” – Anne Thompson, art by Elena Renken

The IMPRESSIONS release party will feature a reading by the selected authors. Visual artists will reflect on their work.

The event will also feature cake from Saint Paul baker and poet Danny Klecko.

What: IMPRESSIONS Release Party

Where: Golden’s Lowertown,The Northwestern Building, 275 East 4th Street, Saint Paul

When: Wednesday, March 1 (changed from an original date of March 2nd), at 7 p.m.


Impressions Finalists

SAINT PAUL (December 15, 2016) We have chosen 24 artists and 24 writers to create 24 posters (or broadsides). We will publish six posters (broadsides) on transit for one month each season. We will celebrate with a party each quarter. The posters will be placed on transit a few days before each party and stay up for at least a month. We will have a scavenger hunt to see where the posters have been placed.

At the party, each poet will read their poem and each artist will be asked to comment on their creative process. Filmmaker Hlee Lee will create a short film about the project, writers, and artists.

(an example of how the posters may look)


Spring – March 1st (changed from an original date of March 2nd) @ Golden’s Deli
I don’t know if anyone ever told you – Annette Marie Smith, art by Jeremy Downie
The Green Line – Michael Kleber-Diggs, art by Ellen Larsen
Migration – Casey Patrick, art by Katey Langer
Saint Paul Public Library – M. Wright, art by Leah Fargo
4.22.16 – Madeline Reding, art by Kenneth Caldwell
City Dawn – Anne Thompson, art by Elena Renken

Summer – June 1st @ Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
Night Swim – John Bly, art by Alexandra Norwick
Father Bought Mangos – Marion Gomez, art by Jill Ness
_ism – Liza Docken, art by Kazua Vang
Sisyphus the Minnesotan Duck – Victoria Tankersley, art by Thomas Cassidy
Wiigwaasabak – Marcie Rendon, art by Sara Endalew
Eleven – J. Otis Powell‽, art by Nikol Dowls

Fall – September 1st @ Head House, Union Depot
Fractures – Lucas Scheelk, art by Justin Terlecki
Orange Chicken – Maddie Schumacher, art by Leah Bedford
Clouds – John Smith, art by Genevieve Hess
How to Explain Death to Your Daughter – Katie Vagnino, art by Sydney E. Willcox
When Everything was Everything (an excerpt) – Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, art by Koua Yang
Common Mode – Molly Sowash, art by Rosemary Davis

Winter – December 6th @ Western U-Plaza Gallery
Unnamed Haiku – Kelly Westhoff, art by Theresa Bear
225 – Willis Gilliard, art by Leann Johnson
Listening – Tim Nolan, art by Kristi Abbott
Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown – Ursula Murray Husted, art by Andy Singer
Pet – Kurt Schultz, art by Christopher Harrison
Happy Day with an Egg – Margaret Hasse, art by Cami Applequist

Honorable Mentions
If Somewhere – Lynette Reini-Grandell
Bootstraps – Jessica Hirte
Life Reflected – Quinette Cook
Mama’s How-To Keep a Garden – Laura Nova
In-complete Sentence – Leyla Suleiman
Time – Thomas Mischke
How Do Crows Manage – John Minczeski
Mary Says – Dallas Crow
καιρός (Kairos) – Elise Ogden
Motherhood – Narate Keys
These Poem Bones – Janice Borofka
Under the Wonderful – Mike Finley
Refinishing – Mary Davini


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