Ellie Schoenfeld Named Duluth Poet Laureate 2016-2018

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 cellieo-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 on Sunday, December 4. Join us at 2 pm, Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth.

Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson invited Ellie to open Larson’s second State of the City address with a poem on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5:30 pm, Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium, 3215 West 3rd St., Duluth.

See more about Ellie’s planned Poet Laureate events.

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 poets laureate previously selected over the years including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, and Jim Johnson (twice).

Duluth panorama photo credit: Randen Pederson
Author photo credit: Beverly Johnson

Photos from Ellie’s Inaugural Reading – December 4, 2016


Clockwise from upper left: audience in the sanctuary at Peace Church; Duluth’s new Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld; a gathering of laureates including Barton Sutter, Ellie Schoenfeld, Sheila Packa, and Deborah Cooper; and Sara Thomsen singing.

Center: Ellie & Sara after the program.

Photo credit: Patty Mester