Stroll and be inspired.
The Winona Poetry Walk is a project of the Winona Fine Arts Commission and the City of Winona and consists of original poetry stamped into sidewalk throughout downtown on 3rd, 4th, and 5th streets. The mission of the WINONA Poetry Walk is to celebrate local writers, make the creativity of our residents more visible, and aesthetically and intellectually enrich our city.
The FAC requested submissions of original short poems (or parts of poems) and received a variety of responses. The first nine poems were selected: Jerome Christenson, Chris Kendall, Lorraine Kilmartin, Steve Leonhardt, and the five former poet laureates of Winona were included. Works from the past three Winona Poet Laureates, James Armstrong, Ken McCullough, Emilio DeGrazia and the associate Poet Laureate, Nicholle Ramsey and as previously announced, the Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Suptern were also selected. The selections were judged by a panel of local citizens with expertise in the arts and poetry chosen by the Fine Arts Commission.
A full map and brochure will be available at the Winona Visitor Center, key downtown businesses, City Hall in the Park and Recreation Department, and online at the City of Winona website to be used to as a map and guide as you traverse. The font for the Poetry Walk was designed by Winona State University Art and Design majors from Danilo Bojic’s typography class and is based on aesthetic inspiration taken from various landmarks in Winona. The student designers were Ellen Klismith, Morgan Sumter, Elizabeth Pierce, and Makenna Meyers.
In addition to these downtown locations, Winona residents have the opportunity to have their contractor borrow a poetry stamp and place a poem in the sidewalk outside their residence.