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Finalist Feature: Legacies

Category: Communities Create

Description: In 2018, a group of 16 (mostly) local poets responded to a call for submissions to an anthology of “poetic living wills.” Edited by Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, the poems in Legacies deal with death and dying, with the things that make life meaningful in the face of death, and with the legacies that the poets hope to leave behind or have received from others before them.

Organization: The Northfield Poet Laureate, a position established in 2016, serves as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community. 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 first Northfield Poet Laureate is Rob Hardy.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Journeys

 

Category: Communities Create

Description: Journeys is a book of stories.Within its pages, you’ll find memories, poems, art, tall tales and everything in between. These stories share the journeys and perspectives of adult literacy students enrolled in reading, English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state of Minnesota.

Organization: The mission of Literacy Minnesota is to share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy. Through its mission, Literacy Minnesota helps adults become self-sufficient citizens through improved literacy, helps at-risk children and families gain literacy skills to increase school success, strengthens communities by raising literacy levels and encouraging volunteerism, and raises awareness of literacy needs and services throughout the state.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Going Coastal

Category: Communities Create

Description: Lake Superior—its people and places—feature in this ­anthology of short stories by nine writers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Going Coastal showcases the winning short stories from Lake Superior Writers’ 2016 contest, which accepted entries from writers around Lake Superior.

The power of stories lures an aging man on a road trip back home, north on Highway 61. Through her painting of a river, an Ojibway woman teaches a historian about himself and her culture’s connections to the land and water. A woman confronts a suicidal man on Stoney Point, led by the mystical power of water to magnify her psychic abilities. Another woman finds meaning in the intricate curves and fiery bands of an agate. A shoreline boulder offers its magical views on human life. A ship captain from long-ago faces a coldwater death in Whitefish Bay. Life comes full circle in the currents of the lake for a young man from Two Harbors. A ghostly fur-trapper haunts Madeline Island. A family’s powerful saga unfolds on the shores of Lake Superior.

Organization: Lake Superior Writers is a nonprofit organization that fosters the artistic development of writers and a vibrant literary arts community in northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.