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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Arts and Culture Commission announces Spanish Sidewalk Poetry events

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The City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission proudly announces upcoming events that celebrate Spanish language poetry and culminate in a special Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Competition this fall. These events are in collaboration with the Northfield Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Competition

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) is conducting a special Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Competition! All residents in the Northfield school district, students of any age, and professional and amateurs writers are eligible. Each person may submit up to two short poems in Spanish that are appropriate for the public sphere. Poets need not provide translations of their submissions. The submission period opens on September 15 and closes on November 2.

Contest information and important submission rules

Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Kick-off: A Reading with Danny Solis

To kick-off our Spanish Sidewalk Poetry competition, join the Arts and Culture Commission as they host a bilingual (Spanish and English) virtual poetry reading with Rochester-based slam poet and COMPAS teaching artist, Danny Solis, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The virtual reading can be viewed on the Northfield Public Library’s Facebook page. Solis is a poetry slam champion on multiple levels including eight city championships, two regional championships, two national championships and two international championships both team and individual. Solis was one of three American poets chosen by the U.S. Department of State to go to Nepal and Botswana to perform, teach and organize poetry slam with local artists. Solis has served as a poetry event organizer, MC, curator and most recently as the director of the Day of the Dead Poets Slam. In 2005, in Albuquerque, New Mexico Solis was the director of the National Poetry Slam, the largest performance poetry event in the world.

Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Writing Workshop with Mar Valdecantos

Join Mar Valdecantos, a past winning Sidewalk Poetry (Spanish and English) poet, visual artist, and community organizer on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m. as she shares ideas and strategies for writing sidewalk poems via an interactive webinar. Participants will learn about the format for sidewalk poems and explore exercises to begin writing poems. Participants are invited to pick up a bag of writing supplies at the Northfield Public Library starting Wednesday, September 23 while supplies last. This workshop will be led entirely in Spanish. 

Join the webinar: Spanish Sidewalk Poetry Writing Workshop

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and by means of a partnership between the Northfield Public Library and the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission. Additional support provided by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.

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