A sample of what the art in the buses will look like.

A sample of what the art in the buses will look like.


Two dozen Twin Cities poets have had their work chosen for the Impressions Project, which will put art and poetry into the Twin Cities' trains and buses. 

The project is an endeavor of the Saint Paul Almanac, an annual anthology of art, photography, poetry and prose by Twin Cities established and emerging artists. 

Impressions will produce six broadsides each quarter (24 for the year) beginning in spring 2017.

Here are the winning poets, 24 out of more than 300 submissions.

Margaret Hasse
Madeline Reding
M. Wright
Casey Patrick
Michael Kleber-Diggs
Annette Hyder
Marcie Rendon
Victoria Tankersley
Liza Docken
J. Otis Powell?!
Marion Gomez
John Bly
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Katie Vagnino
John Smith
Maddie Schumacher
Molly Sowash
Lucas Scheelk
Kurt Schultz
Ursula Murray Husted
Tim Nolan
Anne Thompson
Willis Gilliard
Kelly Westhoff

“These poems are the perfect vignettes to accompany our trips on the trains and buses along our paths through the city,” Almanac director Kimberly Nightingale said in a statement.

“We had a lot of great poems from which to choose,” Impressions editor Shaquan Foster said. “There are some pieces that, while they did not make the list of 24, deserve notice.”

Poets receiving honorable mention include:

Elise Ogden
Mike Finley
Thomas Mischke
Janice Borofka
Mary Davini
Narate Keys
Dallas Crow
Laura Nova
Quinette Cook
Lynette Reini-Grandell
John Minczeski
Jessica Hirte
Leyla Suleiman

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