The Fine Arts Commission and the City Planning Department celebrates local creatives by placing their words step by step within our sidewalks alongside our local and regional laureate poets, creating a democracy of verse. The Winona Poetry Walk project consists of original poetry stamped into the sidewalk throughout downtown.
The Winona Fine Arts Commission, with the support of the City Staff and Council, is launching the second phase of The Winona Poetry Walk, consisting of original poetry stamped into sidewalks.
The FAC requests submissions of original short poems (or parts of poems), to be selected to be placed as new sidewalk panels are installed downtown.
This year’s Winona’s Poetry Walk will have two important differences to the selection process, which previously was limited to Poets that reside full time in the Winona City limits (or are full-time students here) :
First: The competition is open to posthumous submissions from Winona past poets as long as they were residents of Winona and their work is submitted by their families.
Second: The Fine Arts Commission is opening the submission process to any first nation’s artists that call this area their ancestral home.
Submissions will be accepted from February 1st, 2021 through April 5th, with decisions to be made in during National Poetry Month of April. The concrete sidewalk stamping will begin in late Spring and Summer and will be completed for a celebration sometime in early Fall.
Poems may be composed in either a vertical format (up to 11 lines; no line having more than 26 characters including spaces and punctuation), or horizontal format (up to 8 lines; no line having more than 36 characters including spaces and punctuation). If a title is included, it will count as two lines (title line plus a line space between the title and the poem). These size restrictions are strictly enforced. Each entrant may submit up to 2 poems for consideration.
To submit poems for consideration in 2021, CLICK HERE.
All inquiries can be directed to Lee Gundersheimer, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Winona at email@example.com or at (507) 457-8255
In the past, The Fine Arts Commission chose to honor the past three Winona Poet Laureates, James Armstrong, Ken McCullough, Emilio DeGrazia and the associate Poet Laureate, Nicholle Ramsey along with the Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen. In addition, they selected works by Jerome Christenson, Chris Kendall, Lorraine Kilmartin, and Steve Leonhardi.
For more information and a listing of the selected poems and a map of the Walk:
The Font being used for each of the poems was designed and built by the winning team Creative Visionaries from the Winona State Art and Design Department and is called "WINONA".