You’re Invited to the Party! – Saint Paul Almanac’s Launch of the Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers

September 30, 2021

Come celebrate and honor the legacy of Carol Connolly, St. Paul’s first Poet Laureate. Join Saint Paul Almanac at the University Club of Saint Paul to launch the Carol Connolly Initiative for…

Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers

September 9, 2021

“Somewhere in this city, someone is working on a poem full of hope and resolve…” — ”Poem for the State of the City, April 21, 2009” by Carol Connolly  …

Seeking a creative writer and a visual artist to lead a storytelling contest!

August 6, 2021

Saint Paul Almanac, in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas, is looking for one creative writer and one skilled visual artist to curate and develop a storytelling contest.  “The…

Art by Demont Peekaso Pinder

I Wish

By Allysza Castile ● September 16, 2019

Last night I woke up out my sleep and I cried for you. I tried to hold it in, but my tears just flowed like an endless river that would…

West Saint Paul

By Roberto Sande Carmona ● September 16, 2019

Tengo un headache. Maybe it’s the combinación de lenguas en my head, on the billboards (espectaculares, dice mi abi), y en las conversations of people pasando por Cesar Chavez Street.…

Art by Christopher E. Harrison


By Kurt Schultz ● September 14, 2019

Kinda clammy, kinda wet, the goldfish kinda needs a vet. A little pale and looking ill, the doctor thinks she needs some pills. The pills won’t do, get a knife,…

Art by Ta-coumba Aiken

When Words Are Not Enough

By Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen ● September 13, 2019

For Philando Castile, his family, and our community He was no one to me, but never no body Yet in an instant he became every body Every body sacrificed Every…

Art by Moriah Pratt

Philando Castile

By Norita Dittberner-Jax ● September 13, 2019

In that Cathedral atop the highest hill in Saint Paul, we gathered for Philando. He came on a white catafalque drawn by horses, his coffin carried up the hill by…

Art by Sandra Menefee Taylor

If I Declare the Obvious

By Kayla Gray ● September 11, 2019

After Ada Límon’s “The Conditional” What if you stayed a little longer? What if you told the afterlife to shove it? What if I picked up the phone to your…

Art by Tom McGregor

Glass Womb

By Rebecca Frost ● September 11, 2019

In the crystal hothouse to escape the cold I am here, at last. Wrapped myself in gray wool, blue parka, scarf, mittens, galoshes. Tissue in my pocket. Slipped just once…

Art by Susan Solomon

Alzheimer’s Lament

By Georgia Greeley ● September 11, 2019

Right this moment, in this place, Mother doesn’t know me, her daughter; yet she is still glad to see me and talks gaily. She is happy and cared for. Right…

Art by Kristi Abbott


By Tim Nolan ● September 11, 2019

I learned about listening from my grandmother Ruth who allowed great silences to live and breathe in a conversation. She then would say the most apt thing, having thought about…