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Poets Honored at 18th Annual Northwoods Art and Book Festival

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The sixth annual Poetry Recognition Event was featured at the Northwoods Art and Book Festival in Hackensack on Aug. 17. Poetry was displayed in the Book Arts section of the Union Congregational Church. Each Minnesota poet who entered the event had one or two poems on display.


A committee selected six poems as winners for Works of Merit. During the day those who attended the festival had an opportunity to vote for their favorite poems. Six poems were then chosen as winners in the Popular Choice category.

Sue Ready, chair for the 2013 Poetry Recognition event, presided over the poetry reading in the afternoon. Each poet in attendance shared with the audience their poems and why poetry matters to them.

Poets recognized for their work and winning the Works of Merit include:

Audrey Kletscher Helbling, Faribault, “Lilacs.”

Miriam Kagol, Deephaven, “Reverie Driving South on 169.”

Marlys Guimaraes, Laporte, “Placing Another Stone.”

Joanne Moren, Hackensack, “I’m Waiting.”

Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes, “Lawyers Coming to Probate Court.”

Louise Bottrell, Walker, “O.”

Popular Choice awards went to:

Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd, “Letting Go.”

Lea Johnstone, Backus, “Pearls In Your Soul.”

Miriam Kagol, Deephaven, “March Morning at the Farm.”

Kathi Holmes, Minnetonka, “The Branch.”

Joanne Moren, Hackensack, “I’m Waiting.”

Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes, “Lawyers Coming to Probate Court.”

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