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Northfield Poet Laureate: Sidewalk 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.

 

The Arts and Culture Commission launched the Sidewalk Poetry Project in 2011 with support from the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, the Streetscape Task Force and the Northfield City Council. Since 2012, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council has provided grants for the project thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund made possible by the voters of Minnesota.  Additional funding has come from the City, The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Shares, local businesses and individual donations.  

For more information, see the Sidewalk Poetry page on the City of Northfield website.

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Poems submitted for the annual sidewalk poetry competition must adhere to strict guidelines for the number and length of lines. 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 a 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 2 lines (title line plus a line space between the title and the poem).