“Somewhere in this city, someone is working

on a poem full of hope and resolve…”

”Poem for the State of the City, April 21, 2009” by Carol Connolly


Carol Connolly, St. Paul’s first Poet Laureate, passed away in November of 2020. A longtime fixture of the Twin Cities literary scene, Carol served on the Board of Saint Paul Almanac for many years. She was a huge supporter of our mission and several of her wonderful poems appeared in the pages of the Almanac. In recognition of Carol’s contributions, Saint Paul Almanac has decided to create the Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers.

To honor Carol’s legacy and celebrate the new initiative in her name, we are holding a poetry contest! Carol was passionate about Saint Paul and local politics; she wrote poems to commemorate mayoral inaugurations, inspire the City Council to action, and reflect on the “state of the city.” In that spirit, we invite Minnesota poets to submit original work on the themes of civic responsibility and community engagement.  



Contest Guidelines:


We will award $100 each to the writers of the top 3 poems. These writers will also have the opportunity to work with the Storymobile crew to create a video of their poem, and will be invited to read their winning pieces at the Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers


Kickoff Party on Thursday, October 28 at the University Club in St. Paul. 

We look forward to reading your submissions—good luck! 

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