Prairie Poetry Slam, APRIL 6-7, 2018

Once gain, this year we are sponsoring a new opportunity for the town and surrounding areas to get involved in. We are excited to host our second annual Prairie Poetry Slam!

This event takes place online via the Submittable platform, lasting through April 6, 2018. We are having a Writers’ workshop on April 6-7, 2018. There will be a poetry reading on April 6 at 7:00 pm by Athena Kildergaard and Jim Togeas -the winner of 2017 Poetry Pound Down. On April 7, Athena will hold a workshop at $10 per person from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. We will have a leisurely lunch and return to the program at 1:30 – 5:00 pm to listen to the poetry reading and contest. Athen Kildergaard will be the judge. You can enter your poems either on the online submittal or at the live event. Please make sure you let us know on your submission form which event(s) you are entering for. You will also be able to purchase a spot in the poetry workshop taking place April 7 under instruction from our judge and spectacular poet, Athena Kildegaard. This will be a Two-day workshop with Athena Kildegaard. The total cost of workshop per person will include: Workshop fee and food. Room and board will cost and additional fee. Rooms are available at $70 (plus tax) at Grama’s house.

The workshop will consist of practicing “a variety of ways to think about what’s working in your poem and how to revise toward a finished poem. Bring 1-3 drafts of poems you want to work on, paper, and pen or pencil. If you don’t have a poem to revise, come anyway! We’ll start with an activity that you can use to create a first draft.”

Our Judge: Athena Kildegaard

Athena Kildegaard headshotAthena Kildegaard is the author of four books of poetry: Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a Minnesota Book Award finalist), Cloves & Honey (a Midwest Book Award finalist), and Ventriloquy. Her poems have appeared in many journals, several anthologies and a textbook; they’ve been set to music; and they’ve been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Kildegaard received the LRAC/McKnight Artist Fellowship and grants from LRAC and from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She grew up in St. Peter, MN, and has lived in Chicago, Austin TX, Oxford MS, New Orleans, Guanajuato Mexico, Denmark, and Sydney Australia. Now she lives and teaches in Morris, Minnesota.

Athena will be doing a reading and book signing at the Cultural Centre on April 7, 2018. She will also be conducting a workshop and poetry competition on April 7, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, where we will have the live segment of our Prairie Poetry Slam. For more information on that, please contact us or check our website and/or Facebook events page.

We genuinely appreciate you taking the time to share your passion and your thoughts put down as words. If you can make it to our live contest we would love to have you! Call us at (320) 365-1011 for more details on the live poetry show and check our website and/or Facebook page for updates as we get closer to April.

The website to submit your poetry and/or sign up for Athena’s workshop: Bird Island Cultural Centre “Prairie Poetry Slam”. Here you will find the guidelines for submission, all due dates, and the prize information as well.

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