2018 Contest coming soon.

Working behind the scenes to organize for 2018’s contest and new signs.  Hoping to have the contest in March, 2018 for new summer signs.  We are seeking sponsors that would like their logo to appear on trails and in parks around Mankato and North Mankato – contact us at contest@southernmnpoets.org.

August 6, 2017 – Signs have been installed.

Just before the rain arrived, we were able to install all 28 of our new 2017 poetry signs! See all of the poems here, including their GPS coordinates. Just click on the coordinates to see where the sign is located or type them into Google or your cell phone mapping system. We’ll be sharing photos of the new signs on our Facebook and Instagram page shortly, so please check there and share!

June 6, 2017 – Sign installation update.

Summer has arrived! The 2017 Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride signs are in progress. We’re working diligently on prepping and printing the signs, having the holes drilled, and will be doing everything in our power to have them installed by July 1 so that they’re up around town for 4th of July festivities. Once the signs are installed we will be sending out a press release to local media outlets and are coordinating some kind of ride or walk with our friends at Key City Bike (possibly towards the end of summer or fall when the weather is a little cooler). We’ll be sure to keep you posted with updates as the project progresses. You can also follow our Facebook page for updates!

January 18, 2017 – Submissions now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems for the 2017 Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride. We received over 30 submissions and more than 70 different poems! We’ll be waiting a few more days to make sure we have any submission that were postmarked on January 16th and then we will hand things off to our judges. All writers will be contracted by March 23rd. We will be posting the deadline for 2018 submissions shortly. Thanks again for your support of community art and poetry!

November 11, 2016 – Welcome to the new website for the Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride!

There’s a lot of good stuff here, so take some time to poke around the site. Many thanks to VoyageurWeb for the nice setup. We’re also pleased to announce that we’re open for submissions through January 16th, 2017. You don’t have to be a “poet” to submit your writing. As long as you live within a 75-mile radius around Mankato, Minnesota, you’re eligible to submit poems. Your work will be considered for publication on one of the 41 signs located around Mankato and North Mankato. Visit our submission guidelines page to learn more about how to send us your writing. We’d love your help spreading the word about Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride, so please like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, where we’ll be posting pictures of each of the currently installed poems around town.