Saint Paul Almanac Announces Poetry Winners for Inaugural IMPRESSIONS Poetry Competition
Poems Coming to a Train or Bus Near You

SAINT PAUL (October 17, 2016) –The Saint Paul Almanac has chosen the winning poets of its first ever IMPRESSIONS Project, putting poetry and art on the Twin Cities metropolitan area’s trains and buses.

Ranging from the sensational to the sublime, these 24 poems have given us a new form of locomotion for our minds as we travel the arteries of the Twin Cities. Each poem takes readers around the lakes, streets, memories, moments, emotions, and history that breathe through our home.

IMPRESSIONS is a project where the Almanac works with 24 local writers and 24 local artists to publish and produce six broadsides each quarter—24 broadsides for the year—on trains and buses in Saint Paul. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s piece combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.

The poetry winners, out of 320 submissions, of this inaugural contest include:

Margaret Hasse
Madeline Reding
M. Wright
Casey Patrick
Michael Kleber-Diggs
Annette Hyder
Marcie Rendon
Victoria Tankersley
Liza Docken
J. Otis Powell?!
Marion Gomez
John Bly
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Katie Vagnino
John Smith
Maddie Schumacher
Molly Sowash
Lucas Scheelk
Kurt Schultz
Ursula Murray Husted
Tim Nolan
Anne Thompson
Willis Gilliard
Kelly Westhoff

“These poems are the perfect vignettes to accompany our trips on the trains and buses along our paths through the city,” said Almanac director and IMPRESSIONS editor Kimberly Nightingale.

“We had a lot of great poems from which to choose,” said IMPRESSIONS editor Shaquan Foster. “There are some pieces that, while they did not make the list of 24, deserve notice.” Poets receiving honorable mention include:

Elise Ogden
Mike Finley
Thomas Mischke
Janice Borofka
Mary Davini
Narate Keys
Dallas Crow
Laura Nova
Quinette Cook
Lynette Reini-Grandell
John Minczeski
Jessica Hirte
Leyla Suleiman

Starting in 2017, celebrations will include four release parties at the beginning of each season: spring (March 2 at Golden’s Deli in Lowertown); summer (June 2 at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar); autumn (September 1 at Union Depot); and winter (December 6 at Western University Plaza).

The pieces were selected by a diverse group of editors using the Saint Paul Almanac’s Community Editor process. The project is made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Arts Challenge, Metropolitan Transit and Intersection, with special thanks to Golden Thyme Coffee Shop on Selby Avenue.

Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization that has been publishing a literary journal of Saint Paul stories for the past decade. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action supported by the values of storytelling, mentoring, equity, and impact through the arts and work.

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SAINT PAUL (September 16, 2016) – Saint Paul Almanac is moving into the second phase of its IMPRESSIONS project, bringing the works of local artists and poets to transit. Almanac is now looking for local visual artists to submit examples of their work. Deadline extended to Nov. 15.

Learn more about IMPRESSIONS

IMPRESSIONS is a new project where the Almanac will work with 24 writers and 24 artists to publish and produce six broadsides each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year on transit in the metropolitan area. 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.

“We’ve had enthusiastic responses from people from all over the metropolitan area who have sent in their poems,” said Almanac editor Shaquan Foster. “Soon, an eager group of community editors will pick the poems—ones with the strongest voices for our communities. The poets and editors are also excited to see what local images will come out of the imagination in this metro area full of brilliant artists.”

From the pool of applicants, 24 artists will be selected to create visual art to be displayed with the poetry that inspired that artwork. Selected artists will receive a prize of $250 for the work they create for this project. Also included in the project will be:

  • a film at the conclusion that showcases artists and writers in a live performance
  • quarterly parties to celebrate, read the poems, and meet the poets and artists
  • broadsides available for sale to the public

Submit examples of your art at this linkhttps://saintpaulalmanac.submittable.com/submit/66598. Make sure that you do not include your name or identifying information in the submission title, file, or body of work. You will need to enter a short biography of 50 words or less.

This program is created in partnership with Twin Cities Metro Transit and with support from Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Saint Paul through the arts.

Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization that has been publishing an annual literary journal of Saint Paul stories for the past decade. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action supported by the values of storytelling, mentoring, equity, and impact through the arts and work.

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SAINT PAUL (November 3, 2015) – Saint Paul Almanac is celebrating its newest publishing initiative, Impressions. Impressions provides yet another outlet for Saint Paul to tell its story in its own authentic voice where writers’ work will be posted on broadsides in the trains and buses of our city.

“The Saint Paul Almanac is about bringing people’s stories about where they live to where they live,” said Saint Paul Almanac editor in chief Shaquan Foster. “The Almanac has been sharing the ways in which we love Saint Paul for a decade. Now, we are putting the Almanac on wheels—a book moving around town. We are giving our stories a new set of eyes.”

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich Saint Paul through the arts. With seed funding from a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant, the Almanac will work with 24 local writers and 24 local artists to publish and produce six broadsides each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year, inside 100 trains and buses in Saint Paul. 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. The Almanac will employ the elements of its unique Community Editor process to create this roaming collection of visual and literary art.

“Wouldn’t it be fabulous to see your friend, or grandmother, or uncle published on a bus?” said Nightingale. “Having a public audience to one’s art changes people’s lives. People experience having a public identity, often for the first time, that opens up new opportunities for them to imagine themselves as agents for change in their own lives and in the entire community’s life.”

Some of the broadsides will be reproduced in a larger form and displayed at light rail station kiosks. Additionally, broadsides will be available for purchase.

It will be an exciting year for the Almanac. The Impressions project will include:

 

  • a film at the conclusion that will showcase artists and writers in live performance and can be viewed at train kiosk screens long into the future
  • quarterly parties to celebrate, read the poems, and meet the poets and artists

 

 

Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization that has been publishing a literary journal of Saint Paul stories for the past decade. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action supported by the values of storytelling, mentoring, equity, and impact through the arts and work.


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