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Northfield Poet Laureate: Legacies: Poetic Living Wills

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.

Legacies: Poetic Living Wills










In collaboration with the End in Mind Project (formerly The Convenings), the Northfield Poet Laureate issued a call for submissions for "poetic living wills," poems about what we want to leave behind, how we want to be remembered, and how we live well in the face of our own mortality. Sixteen local poets responded with poems, collected in the PDF below. Featuring poems by Becky Boling, Penelope Duran, Toni Easterson, Sarah Entenmann, Adriana Estill, D.E. Green, Mary Lewis Grow, Rob Hardy, Audrey Kletscher Helbling, Brenda Hellen, Susan Jaret McKinstry, Steven McCown, Orick Peterson, Leslie Schultz, David Walters, and Karen Herseth Wee. 

Legacies: Poetic Living Wills was a FINALIST in the 2020 Minnesota Author Project: Community Creates contest. The anthology is now available on BiblioBoard

Photo: Northfield Poet Laureate talking to host Cathy Wurzer at the "Reconvenings" event in Northfield on February 8, 2018.