November 17, 2018
A solo performance with Garrison Keillor at the Palace Theatre.
November 15, 2018
A solo performance with Garrison Keillor at the Admiral Theatre.
Doors at 5:30 p.m.
November 3, 2018
Garrison Keillor performs with duet partner Lynne Peterson and longtime collaborator & pianist Richard Dworsky.
5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
October 14, 2018
Garrison makes a special appearance at the Burlington Book Festival, giving advice to writers.
A live performance at the Brady Theater
Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest and putting up some serious money in support of good verse. First prize in “Love Letters”: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest is $1000.00; four $250.00 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Find all the details here.
This year’s judges are Garrison, Tom Hennen (author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: New and Collected Poems), and Patricia Hampl (author of Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems).
To enter, just craft a paean to your favorite person, place, or thing. Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15. Fame and fortune could be yours.
Help for Aspiring Poets
Don’t think you can’t write poetry. Common Good Books has the encouragement you need. Visit them on Tumblr from now ’til April 15th for tips on how to win at (writing) love from some of our country’s best poets, including Tony Hoagland, Kristin Naca, and Henri Cole as well as Graywolf Press poetry editor Jeff Shotts. Stay tuned!
The rules at a glance
- The contest is open to anyone living within the United States
- Entries must be a single poem
- The poem must be a declaration of love for a specific person, or being, or object, or place—i.e. something tangible
- The entries must be unpublished anywhere, and the author must have full rights to the material
- Only one entry per person
- Entries must be mailed to Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105), postmarked no later than April 15, 2014
- Entries must include a signed release, available at http://commongoodbooks.tumblr.com/advice
Finalists will be announced April 20. The winners will be announced at a celebration of poetry in St. Paul, Minnesota at 1:30pm on Sunday, April 27 in the chapel at Macalester College. We’ll share good poems and announce the winner of “Love Letters.” This event is free and open to the public.