Each year, the team at the GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest holds two special events to open and close the contest season.

In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, our KICK-OFF event will be held in Winona, Minnesota, at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse (162 W. 2nd Street). The date of the Kick-Off will be posted soon. The event will feature presentations by Winona’s Past and Present Poets Laureate, a “Speed Sonnet” contest, snacks, door prizes, and sharing of poetry by attendees. Flutistry will perform during the gathering time from 6:30-7:00pm. Each year we have a ball and the public is welcomed to attend this free event.

Then, to cap the 2019 Sonnet Contest, we’ll hold our AWARDS CEREMONY on Saturday, August 3, 2019, to coincide with the end of the GRSF season. This event will be held on the Winona State University Campus at 11:00 am to hear winning sonnets read (some by members of the GRSF acting company), meet some of the winning poets, and enjoy snacks and music by Flutistry starting at 10:30 am. Again, this is a free event.

Photos of the 2016 Awards Ceremony courtesy of Mary Farrell

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