Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Bookstore's love poem competition down to a few finalists

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Book stores, Poetry, Readings Updated: April 4, 2013 - 2:43 PM

Common good poetry. Photo courtesy of David Enyeart, Common Good Books.

Common good poetry. Photo courtesy of David Enyeart, Common Good Books.

You can't miss the finalists in the Common Good Books first annual amateur love poem contest--they're printed on huge sheets (three by four feet) of posterboard and are suspended from the ceiling of the bookstore. You can read them even without your bifocals. And then, after you've found them and read them, you can go up to the counter and vote for your favorite.

The finalists were chosen by G. Keillor, Prop., himself from more than 150 entries, and he will announce the winner at 1 p.m. on April 21 at a celebration of poetry at Weyerhaeuser Chapel at Macalester College.

The finalists are: Emily Walz, Thomas Kendrick, Barbara Miller, Carol Van Hale, Bernard Jacob, Delores Mixer, Norman Holen, Anne Parsons, Roy Close, Rob Dougherty, Ginger Bolling and Thomas Hamburg.

The bookstore is at 38 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul. Stop by, read, cast your vote. And watch your head.

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