This year marks the fifth anniversary of Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk -- the spectacular and quirky St. Paul tradition of pressing original poetry into wet cement. So far, 42 poems have been stamped more than 500 times in pavements throughout the city. (There's a map to the poems online, but it's so much more fun just to stumble -- sometimes literally -- across them.)
The poems are chosen through competition, and this year's is now open. You can enter two poems, if you live in St. Paul. The entry fee is $3, and all entries must be made online. You can find the guidelines at www.startribune.com/a1128.
Winners will get $150, in addition to immortality. Find out who won on May 15 at the Readings by Writers, hosted by St. Paul poet laureate Carol Connolly at the University Club on Summit Avenue. (Connolly always passes the hat to raise money for the sidewalk poetry program.) The competition closes at 5 p.m. on April 13.
• "Bring It! A Little 'Baggage' to Help the High School Graduate Carry On," by Tom Hegg, has been published by Tristan Publishing. Hegg is the author of the New York Times best-selling "A Cup of Christmas Tea," and a series of books about Peet, the Christmas Bear. He lives in Eden Prairie.
• "Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way," a picture book written and illustrated by S.D. Nelson, has been published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Nelson is an award-winning author and illustrator and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
• "From Fields to Fairways," by Rick Shefchik, will be published next month by the University of Minnesota Press. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, the book explores the history of golfing in the state. Shefchik will launch the book at 2 p.m. April 14 at Theodore Wirth Golf Club. Shefchik is a former writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the author of several mysteries.
• "Lawn Mower Magic," by Lynne Jonell, has been published by Random House. Jonell, the author of many books for children, lives in Plymouth.
• Because we all love the marriage of words and art: The Minnesota Center for Book Arts will hold a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate the publication of "House of Possibility," poems by Joyce Sutphen, book design by book artist and printmaker C.B. Sherlock and Regula Russelle. Sutphen is Minnesota's poet laureate, and Russelle is the 2011 winner of the Minnesota Book Artist Award. "Free keepsake prints, light refreshments, a bit of music," the invitation says. It looks to be a beautiful afternoon.