February 28, 2012
When George Watsky was kicked out of his high school English class for talking back, poetry was the last thing on his mind.
That’s when his teacher referred him to Youth Speaks, an after school program that encourages young people to express themselves using their own vernacular, and for a teenager who had only been exposed to classic poetry like Shakespeare, witnessing spoken word poetry for the first time ignited inspiration.
March 23, 2011
I tried to get away. I did get away. But everywhere I went, things followed. It was nice to be able to think them through to the end. I didn't have interruptions and there was this guy....tall and sweet....a good listener and knows how to hold a hand. We were carrying some of the same weights but felt differently about them, which is fine. It keeps things from being boring.
February 24, 2011
The Winona State University Great River Reading Series presents poet, editor, and critic Richard Jones at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Stark Auditorium.
Jones will read from and discuss his writing and will be available to take questions and sign books.
December 9, 2010
Students and Winona residents have been offered the opportunity to travel abroad to Germany through the footsteps of Germany’s most famous poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
While many people travel to visit tourist sites often seen in books or on TV, a new travel study program available through Winona State University will give students and community members the opportunity to experience Germany in a way ordinary tourists would not.
From May 17 through May 30, Dr. Lilian Ramos, a WSU professor of foreign languages, will be leading a group of students and Winona community members on a journey that will cover much of...
November 5, 2010
“A Confluence of Voices III,” — an evening of poetry hosted by Ken McCullough, Winona’s Poet Laureate, and Jim Armstrong, Winona’s former Poet Laureate — will be held Friday, Nov. 12.
Student poets from Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University will read their original work, followed by an open mic. This event — which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mugby Junction, 451 Huff St. —...
November 2, 2010
I see the sky these days as the ancients did: as a place of sublime order, as opposed to the disorder and strife here on earth
Ever since Jennifer Anderson’s CLASP lecture I have found myself becoming a lot more aware of the moon’s phases. I mean, I have always tried to notice the moon, because I am a poet and that is one of my jobs—that and watching the leaves turn gold and listening to the rain patter on the roof (nice work if you can get it!). But I’ve become more observant of the moon’s phases on a regular basis. This...
September 8, 2010
With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies !
How silently, and with how wan a face !
--Sir Phillip Sydney
June 29, 2010
Ken McCullough, Winona’s Poet Laureate, has been invited to the 20th International Poetry Festival of Medellin (Colombia), the largest event of its kind in the world
Ken McCullough, Winona’s Poet Laureate, has been invited to read his poetry at the 20th International Poetry Festival of Medellin (Colombia), the largest event of its kind in the world. Nearly 1,000 poets from 158 countries around the world, from every continent, have participated in the 20 years of the festival.
June 22, 2010
Nancy Kay Peterson’s chapbook “Belated Remembrance” has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press
Nancy Kay Peterson’s chapbook “Belated Remembrance” has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.
The poems are the voices of characters in the true story of her great-great uncle Arne Kulterstad (1825-1902). He was convicted of murder in Valdres, Norway and sentenced to death. An editorial campaign by poet and playwright Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson saved his life. He was imprisoned for life, but twenty...
June 1, 2010
Saint Mary's University student Benjamin Scott turned a dark time in his life into an escapist EP available for free download
The French Rivera. A smoky speakeasy. A backwoods bar. Winona’s newest music project, The Morning Foreign, the brainchild of Saint Mary’s University student Benjamin Scott, offers an escape in the form of catchy choruses with philosophical underpinnings.