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 was held on Tuesday, April 12th in Winona, Minnesota, at 7:00 pm, at the Book Shelf / Blue Heron Coffeehouse at 162 W. 2nd Street. The event featured presentations by Winona’s Past and Present Poets Laureate, a “Speed Sonnet” contest, music, door prizes, and sharing of poetry by attendees. Each year we have a ball and the public is welcomed to attend this free event.
Then, to close the 2016 Sonnet Contest, we held our AWARDS CEREMONY on Saturday, July 30th, to coincide with the end of the GRSF season. We met in the Miller Auditorium of Stark Hall on the WSU Campus at 11:00 am to hear winning sonnets read (some by members of the GRSF acting company), met some of the winning poets, and enjoyed music by Flutistry and snacks. Again, this was a free event.
Photos courtesy of Mary Farrell