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Poets honored at Northwoods Art and Book Festival

Emma Hoffman, 5, and Ellie Hoffman, 3 of New Ulm listen to author Marilyn Jax at the Northwoods Arts Council's annual Art and Book Fair in Hackensack. Photo by Travis Grimler 1 / 3
Deb Pietrzak hands out a sample of hand made fudge to John Murphy of Walker. Photo by Travis Grimler 2 / 3
Diane Hane of Walker looks at mittens from Knits & Mitts at the Northwoods Arts Council's annual Art and Book Fair. Photo by Travis Grimler3 / 3

The seventh annual Poetry Recognition Event was featured Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Northwoods Art and Book Festival in Hackensack.

As part of the festival, Gary Zmolek shared a program called "The Life and Poetry of Robert Frost." Zmolek is a retired schoolteacher who has developed a second career as a spoken word artist.

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

Sue Ready, chair for the 2014 Poetry Recognition event, presided over the poetry reading in the afternoon. Each poet in attendance shared with the audience their submitted poems and why poetry matters to them.

The following poets were recognized for their work:

Works of Merit: Audrey Kletscher Helbling, Faribault, "Hope of the Farmer;" Sandra Burwell, Minneapolis, "Ironing Day;" Francine Marie Tolf, Minneapolis, "Summer Night, Listening to Debussy;" and Linda Maki, Tonka Bay, "Mine Field."

Popular Choice: Lea Johnstone, Backus, "The Wind Chime;" John Harrington, Stacy, "Winter Morning's Walk;" Cheryl Wilke, Minneapolis, "Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirt;" and Francine Marie Tolf, Minneapolis, "Late Summer Gold."