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Northfield Poet Laureate: Northfield Poets and Poetry

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.

A Partial List of Northfield Poets

Jennie Laura AutonoeOrdinary Magic. 

Becky Boling

Christopher BrunelleThe Church Year in LimericksThe Church Year in Limericks, Volume 2

Heather Candels

†Brent Christianson (1951-2020). Beautiful, In My Chaotic Way (2018) | Third and Twelve on Your Own Eighteen (2018) | Sky Beyond the Ceiling (2018) | The Lake Remains: Poems of the North Country (2019)

Florence DaceyThe Swoon | The Necklace Maynard Went This Way Rock Worn by Water

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Professor of English at St. Olaf College. Paper Pavilion | Interrogation Room | Notes from a Missing Person (chapbook) | Necro Citizens (chapbook)

*Heather Dubrow, former Professor of English at Carleton College (1980-1990). Transformation and Repetition (chapbook) | Border Crossings (chapbook) | Forms and Hollows

*Mary Moore Easter, Professor of Dance (Emerita) at Carleton College. Free Papers (2021; chapbook) | From the Flutes of Our Bones (2020) | The Body of the World (2018) | Walking from Origins (chapbook)

Toni Easterson

Andrea Een, Professor of Music (Emerita) at St. Olaf College. Some Days We Name It Love (chapbook)

†Graham Frear (1922-2014), Professor of English (Emeritus) at St. Olaf College.  Red Shoes and Other Poems for My Wife Love, Marriage, Cancer, Death, and Poetry in Past and Present Tenses

Marie Vogl GeryAlmost Invisible Names (chapbook)

Mac Gimse, Professor of Art (Emeritus) at St. Olaf College. 2020 Living Treasure Award recipient. 

D.E. GreenJumping the Median (2019)

Rob Hardy (Poet Laureate). Shelter in Place (2022 chapbook) | Domestication (2017) | The Collecting Jar (2005 chapbook)

*Keith Harrison, Professor of English and writer-in-residence at Carleton College from 1968 to 1996. A list of Keith Harrison's publications

Brenda Hellen

Greg Hewett, Professor of English at Carleton College. To Collect the Flesh (1996) | Red Suburb (2002) | The Eros Conspiracy (2006) | darkacre (2010) | Blighdsight (2016)

†George Huntington (1835-1916) was a professor of Rhetoric and Biblical Literature at Carleton College from 1879 to 1906. He is perhaps best known in Northfield as the author of Robber and Hero: The Story of the Northfield Bank Raid. "When I Am Old" | "International Hymn"

Christine Kallman 

†Scott King (1965-2021). Publisher, Red Dragonfly PressLida Songs (2009) | All Graced in Green (2011) | Dragonfly Haiku (2016)

Diane LeBlanc, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at St. Olaf College.  Hope in Zone Four (1998) | Dancer with Good Sow (2008) | Sudden Geography (2014) | The Space for Message (2017) | The Feast Delayed (2021)

Steve McCown. Ghosting (2020)

Jane Taylor McDonnell.  A Bone in the Throat (2013)

Susan Jaret McKinstry, Professor of English at Carleton College.

*Marilyn Nelson, former instructor of English at St. Olaf College (1973-1978). 

Riki Kölbl NelsonBorders/Grenzen (bilingual poems) | The Fall Heart (chapbook)

*†Grace Fallow Norton (1876-1962).  Little Gray Songs from St. Joseph's (1912) | The Sister of the Wind and Other Poems (1914) | Roads (1916) | What is Your Legion (1918) | The Miller's Youngest Daughter (1924). Norton was the first published poet born in Northfield, though she left Northfield in the early 1890s and spent most of her career as a poet in New York and France.

Dougie Padilla. 6 poems | rump | Lucky 7 (Suerte) | pepin diary | river town | diggin' on django

Gregory Randall. Fantasia for the Unstuck Hour | A Cartography of Selves | Double Happiness (chapbook)

Joanna RawsonQuarry (1998) | Unrest (2009)

*Clare Rossini, former English professor at Carleton College. Winter Morning with Crow (1997) | Lingo (2006)

*†Peter Schjeldahl, (1942-2022). Former art critic for The New Yorker and author of several books of poetry. Schjeldahl grew up in Northfield, graduated from Northfield High School and attended Carleton College for three years (he won the first Huntington Poetry Prize, awarded by the English Department, in 1962, and was awarded an honorary degree by the college in 2015). 

Leslie SchultzStill Life with Poppies: Elegies (2016) | Cloud Song (2018) | Concertina (2019)

Kaethe Schwehn, Professor of English at St. Olaf College. Tanka & Me (2015)

Joanne Sullivan

*†Marcella Taylor (1933-2003). Professor of English (Emerita) at St. Olaf College. Songs for the Arawak (chapbook) | A Body That Remembers (2001)

Mar Valdecantos

†David Walters (1945-2020)

✝︎Helen Field Watson (1885-1978). Field Notes (1949).

†Robert Watson (1825-1913). Editor of Gleanings, the first book of poetry published in Northfield (1888). Many of the poems in the collection were written by Watson but published anonymously. 

*Karen Herseth Wee. The Book of Hearts (1994) | Before Language (chapbook) | Audio archive of Karen Herseth Wee's readings and workshops at Holden Village

*†Reed Whittemore (1919-2012), former U.S. Poet Laureate, Professor of English at Carleton College (1947-1966). Wikipedia | Library of Congress | Poetry Foundation | Academy of American Poets

If you know of a poet who should be added to this list, or if you are yourself a poet who should be added, please let me know. An asterisk (*) next to a name indicates a poet who no longer lives in Northfield, but who spent a portion of his or her career here. † indicates a deceased poet.


Recent Books

Click on the title of each book to order (either from Content Bookstore in Northfield or directly from the publisher).


 Rob Hardy, Shelter in Place

  Diane LeBlanc, The Feast Delayed (2021)

  Steve McCown, Ghosting (2020)



 D.E. Green, Jumping the Median (2019)








 Leslie Schultz, Concertina (2019)






 Brent Christianson, Sky Beyond the Ceiling (2018)

 Leslie Schultz, Cloud Song (2018)





Diane LeBlanc, This Space for Message (2017)



Rob Hardy, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016 Rob Hardy, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016 (2017)

Leslie Schultz: Still Life with Poppies: Elegies Leslie Schultz, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (2016)

 Kaethe Schwehn, Tanka & Me (2015)