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Northfield Poet Laureate: Northfield Poets and Poetry

The Northfield Poet Laureate is sponsored by the City of Northfield and funded by the Northfield Public Library and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), in partnership with the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission.

A Partial List of Northfield Poets

Becky Boling

Heather Candels

Brent Christianson (1951-2020). Beautiful, In My Chaotic Way (2018) | Third and Twelve on Your Own Eighteen (2018) | Sky Beyond the Ceiling (2018) | The Lake Remains: Poems of the North Country (2019)

Florence DaceyThe Swoon | The Necklace Maynard Went This Way Rock Worn by Water

Mary Moore Easter, Professor of Dance (Emerita) at Carleton College.* The Body of the World (2018) | Walking from Origins (chapbook)

Toni Easterson

Andrea Een, Professor of Music (Emerita) at St. Olaf College.. Some Days We Name It Love (chapbook)

Graham Frear (1922-2014), Professor of English (Emeritus) at St. Olaf College.  Red Shoes and Other Poems for My Wife Love, Marriage, Cancer, Death, and Poetry in Past and Present Tenses

Marie GeryAlmost Invisible Names (chapbook)

D.E. GreenJumping the Median (2019)

Rob Hardy (Poet Laureate). Domestication (2017) | The Collecting Jar (chapbook)

Keith Harrison, Professor of English and writer-in-residence at Carleton College from 1968 to 1996.* A list of Keith Harrison's publications

Greg Hewett, Professor of English at Carleton College.* To Collect the Flesh (1996) | Red Suburb (2002) | The Eros Conspiracy (2006) | darkacre (2010) | Blighdsight (2016)

George Huntington (1835-1916) was a professor of Rhetoric and Biblical Literature at Carleton College from 1879 to 1906. He is perhaps best known in Northfield as the author of Robber and Hero: The Story of the Northfield Bank Raid. "When I Am Old" | "International Hymn"

Christine Kallman 

Scott King, publisher, Red Dragonfly PressLida Songs (2009) | All Graced in Green (2011) | Dragonfly Haiku (2016)

Diane LeBlanc, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at St. Olaf College.  Hope in Zone Four (1998) | Dancer with Good Sow (2008) | Sudden Geography (2014) | The Space for Message (2017)

Steve McCown. Ghosting (2020)

Jane Taylor McDonnell.  A Bone in the Throat (2013)

Susan Jaret McKinstry, Professor of English at Carleton College.

Riki Kölbl Nelson.  Borders/Grenzen (bilingual poems) | The Fall Heart (chapbook)

Grace Fallow Norton (1876-1962).  Little Gray Songs from St. Joseph's (1912) | The Sister of the Wind and Other Poems (1914) | Roads (1916) | What is Your Legion (1918) | The Miller's Youngest Daughter (1924)

Joanna RawsonQuarry (1998) | Unrest (2009)

Clare Rossini, former professor at Carleton College.* Winter Morning with Crow (1997) | Lingo (2006)

Leslie SchultzStill Life with Poppies: Elegies (2016) | Cloud Song (2018) | Concertina (2019)

Kaethe Schwehn, Professor of English at St. Olaf College. Tanka & Me (2015)

Joanne Sullivan

Marcella Taylor (1933-2003). Professor of English (Emerita) at St. Olaf College. Songs for the Arawak (chapbook) | A Body That Remembers (2001)

David Walters

Karen Herseth Wee. The Book of Hearts (1994) | Before Language (chapbook) | Audio archive of Karen Herseth Wee's readings and workshops at Holden Village

Reed Whittemore (1919-2012), former U.S. Poet Laureate, Professor of English at Carleton College from 1947 to 1966. Wikipedia | Library of Congress | Poetry Foundation | Academy of American Poets

If you know of a poet who should be added to this list, or if you are yourself a poet who should be added, please let me know. An asterisk (*) next to a name indicates a poet who no longer lives in Northfield, but who spent a significant portion of his or her career here. 


Recent Books




 D.E. Green, Jumping the Median (2019)








 Leslie Schultz, Concertina (2019)






 Brent Christianson, Sky Beyond the Ceiling (2018)

 Leslie Schultz, Cloud Song (2018)





Diane LeBlanc, This Space for Message (2017)



Rob Hardy, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016 Rob Hardy, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016 (2017)

 Rob Hardy, Aeschylus, The Oresteia: An Adaptation (2017)

Leslie Schultz: Still Life with Poppies: Elegies Leslie Schultz, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (2016)

 Kaethe Schwehn, Tanka & Me (2015)