Garrison Keillor's love of good poetry is well known, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Prairie Home Companion host is sponsoring Love Letters, the second annual poetry contest from Common Good Books, where he is a proprietor. The winning prize is $1,000, with four runner-up prizes of $250. This Sunday, the contest winners will be announced, and their poems of love will celebrated. Leading up to the big day, the bookstore started a Tumblr, commongoodbooks.tumblr.com/advice, to inspire folks who felt they couldn't write a decent love poem. There, members of the literary community gave advice on how to write a solid piece. Participants included Graywolf Press poetry editor Jeff Shotts, and poets Tony Hoagland and Kristin Naca. The judges of the Love Letters contest are Keillor himself, beloved poet and memoir author Patricia Hampl, and St. Paul poet Tom Hennen. Hampl has authored two collections of poetry and multiple books of creative nonfiction, including award-winning The Florist's Daughter. Hennen, author of Darkness Sticks to Everything, was a founding member of Minnesota Writers' Publishing House.
Sun., April 27, 1:30 p.m., 2014