Ellie Schoenfeld has been selected as the 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate. She resides in Duluth and has been active in the local literary community for many years.
In 1992, she co-founded Poetry Harbor and organized free readings. From 2004-2010 she served on the board of the Spirit Lake Poetry Series. She has facilitated a monthly writing group in the Federal Prison Camp and conducted a series of writing workshops with an HIV-positive support group. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies as well as in "Bound Together Like the Grasses" (Clover Valley Press, 2013) and "The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems" (Clover Valley Press, 2009).
Schoenfeld will organize five public events in her two-year term and present an inaugural poetry reading in the near future.
The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 as a way of honoring local poets and encouraging the appreciation of poetry. There have been five poet laureates previously selected over the years including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, and Jim Johnson (twice). The Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, the Arrowhead Reading Council, Minnesota Public Radio, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, The English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College. A 12-person committee oversees the work of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project.
For additional information, contact Jim Perlman, chair of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project at (218) 724-1653.