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Minnesota poetry prizes to be awarded in Alexandria in November

The Minnesota Poetry Prizes Gala will be held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

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ALEXANDRIA — The League of Minnesota Poets will award thousands of dollars in annual poetry prizes during their Minnesota Poetry Prizes Gala at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.

The evening begins on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. with free hors d'ouvres and a cash bar. At 7:30 p.m., the awards program begins. All winners will be announced and first place poems will be read. This event is open to the public. Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased online at mnpoets.org or for cash only at the door. Black tie optional or dressy casual.

The Minnesota Poetry Prizes Gala is the center point of the league's three-day fall conference, which features critique sessions, writing workshops and performances from Minnesota's BlackBerry Peach National Slam Qualifier finalists, including state champion, Kevin Yang, who will have just returned from competing in Daytona, Fla., and may be the BlackBerry Peach National Slam Champion. Conference registration is $85 for non-members, $75 for members of the League of Minnesota Poets and includes admission to the 2022 Minnesota Poetry Prizes Gala and all three days of poetry activities. Conference registration can be purchased in advance at mnpoets.org.

The conference begins Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. with a brief introduction followed by a poetry critique session. Bring five copies of a poem to take to one of the small break-out groups. Each poet in the group will have ample time to give and receive helpful feedback.

Saturday morning, Nov. 5, starts with an open mic at 9 a.m. and a book event at 10 a.m. Bill Anderson will host an informative interview talk show. Meet league poets and learn about their books for sale in our traveling book store. After lunch take a poetic visual journey with Victor Klimosky in his workshop entitled Where the Eye Leads. What words emerge as we trust our eyes to lead us in an encounter with an image. In this workshop, Klimosky will lead an exploration of the general principles of ekphrastic poetry, discuss some examples, and set participants on their visual writing journeys.

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After the 9 a.m. open mic on Sunday, Nov. 6, Susan Chambers will invite attendees to cook up poems in cooking show style. She will deliver recipes for prize-winning poems in this last writing workshop of the conference. The conference ends at noon on Sunday.

The League of Minnesota Poets, founded in 1934, is a state poetry society that fosters and promotes poets and poetry throughout Minnesota. This league is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. This year marks the printing of their 85th annual volume of members' poems, now an anthology called Agates. The history of this Minnesota institution is housed in St Paul at the Minnesota History Center.

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