2015 Poetry Quilt

The 2015 Poetry Quilt Contest was judged by John C. Rezmerski, who taught creative writing, journalism, storytelling, science fiction, and linguistics for 35 years at Gustavus Adolphus College. He has received a National Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Rhysling Award for science fiction poetry, the Devins Award for poetry, and served a term as Poet Laureate of the League of Minnesota Poets. There were 50 contestants, who submitted 103 poems.

1st Place Winner of the 2015 Poetry Quilt Contest: Ronnie Hess, “The Poetry Writing Group”

2nd Place Winner of the 2015 Poetry Quilt Contest: Elizabeth Tornes, “The Elders”

3rd Place Winner of the 2015 Poetry Quilt Contest: Jeffrey Johannes, “An Ambulance Stops by the Park”

Honorable Mention:

“Waiting for Stanley,” Phyllis Wax, “Declaration of Dependence,” Naomi Cochran, and “Writers' Groups,” Peter Piaskoski.

Seventeen other submissions were chosen for the quilt plus poems from poets laureate and other individuals important in the history of the organization.

Extra copies of the quilt are available for $5 plus postage. ($1.42 for one); send to:

Sandra Lindow
1308 16th Ave. E.
Menomonie, WI 54751


2015 25th Anniversary Contest

The 2015 65th Anniversary Contest was judged by Barbara Crooker, recipient of the Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, and the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. Her prize-winning books include Radiance, Line Dance, and More,and she has two new books. Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and she has read in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress and at the 2014 Geraldine Dodge Festival. There were 81 entries.

1st Place Winner of the 65th Anniversary Contest: F J Bergmann, “Climacteric”

2nd Place Winner of the 65th Anniversary Contest: Judy Kolosso, “To Canis Lupus—A Lament”

3rd Place Winner of the 65th Anniversary Contest: Peggy Trojan, “Eleven Ways of Looking at Me”

Honorable Mention:

“Moving … on …,” Richard Swanson, “,” Peter Piaskoski, and “November: Great Horned Owl,” Ronnie Hess.