Poets Invited to Submit Poems of Hope and Reassurance

Wadena, MN – Minnesota poets are invited to submit original poems for a new local project, led by Lina Belar, to create a collection of poems of hope and reassurance to help sustain people through the current pandemic.

Poems will be distributed to the public through printed cards, Facebook and Instagram posts, and public signage including the poetry walk at Green Island in Wadena.

“Poetry is often used as a tool of challenge, to point out a need for improvement. The poetry that is needed for this emergency is one that shows what is right and what can be nurtured if we have the words,” says project leader Lina Belar. “Our communities will survive if we band together in spirit even as we stay apart in space. Poetry can be a way to bind us together.”

Submitted poems can be on any topic. Poems could be for your neighbor or the business down the street, they could be for anyone, anywhere, who is being affected by Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEADLINE FOR A FIRST ROUND, FUNDED BY CERF. Submissions will be accepted as long as the Coronavirus remains an emergency. A jury of local artists will select poems that most reflect the themes of hope and reassurance.

Send submissions through the Submit a Poem page on the main menu.

This project is supported in part through the Community Emergency Relief Fund, a partnership between Emergency Arts and Springboard for the Arts to support creative leadership to address urgent community needs. Find out more about the Community Emergency Relief Fund at http://www.springboardforthearts.org/cerf and more about Emergency Arts at https://emergencyarts.net/.


Lina Belar’s poetry says much about the world, this rural land that she loves, but it also says something about her. Her poetry blends her fierce affection for nature and all its creatures, including the human ones, with a foolish love of language.  Her first chapbook, Rural Score, was published in 2016.