IT’S A SWEET SMALL TOWN snugged in Minnesota’s northwoods north of Brainerd, half way to Bemidji.
You’ll find statues of legendary Paul Bunyan here…
and of his bride, Lucette. She stands near Birch Lake, next to an old log cabin that houses a library run by volunteers.
It’s no wonder Hackensack, home to not quite 300 permanent and who knows how many seasonal residents, will host its 18th annual Northwoods Art & Book Festival from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. this Saturday, August 17.
I’ll be there. Sort of.
I’ve submitted two poems to the Sixth Annual Poetry Display/Recognition, as I’ve done for several years.
Fest-goers can peruse the poems inside the Union Congregational Church and vote for their favorites for the six Popular Choice awards. The poetry committee will also select six Works of Merit. Poets will read their poems beginning at 1:30 p.m. with award winners announced afterward. Local newspapers will publish the winning poems.
But there’s more. Twenty-plus Minnesota authors and poets will sign and sell their books throughout the day. Sweet. Any event that promotes Minnesota writers and artists gets my support. Among the literary offerings is Bards of a Feather Write Together—A Collection. It features the poetry, fiction and memoirs, some previously published, of eight Minnesota writers, all members of the writing group Bards of a Feather. I am currently reading this debut anthology and thoroughly enjoying the variety of voices and content therein.
Visual artists will also be part of the Hackensack fest, selling their original artwork. Original and created by the artist. No resale items. Splendid.
No Minnesota festival is complete without food, which you’ll find in the food court.
I wish I could join this celebration of Minnesota writers and artists. But distance and previous commitments won’t allow me to be there. My poems will have to do. For this year.
FYI: For more information, click here to reach the Northwoods Arts Council website. The council is the festival sponsor.
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Bards of a Feather Write Together for review purposes.
Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling