Winona Poetry Walk

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.

Call for Submissions for the 2021 additions to the Winona Poetry Walk- Feb. 1- April 5

To submit poems for consideration in 2021,  CLICK HERE.

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. 

Applicants must be at least one of the following: 

- Full time residents of Winona  

- Full time students in Winona

- Posthumous submissions from relatives of poet who lived in Winona

- First Nations/Peoples who claim this as 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.

Again, 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 or at (507) 457-8255


Poems on the Poetry Walk

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:

Click here for a digital copy of the 2020 Poetry Walk Brochure

Click here for readings of the poems by the poets


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".

Armstrong Poem Picture 2020
Christenson Poem Picture
DeGrazia Poem Picture
Kilmartin Poem Picture
Kendal Poem Picture
Leonhardi Poem Picture
McCullough Poem Picture
Ramsey Poem Pic
This is a picture of the Joyce Sutphen Poem selected for the Poetry Walk