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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest set

July 27, 2016 GMT

Get ready for a morning of iambic pentameter (among other cadences) and listening to the rhythms that influenced Shakespeare’s words.

The closing awards ceremony for the 2016 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, part of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, is set for Saturday, July 30, at Winona State University’s Miller Auditorium in Stark Hall.

Poets will read works, including local and non-local winners in attendance, and company actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival will be present.

Categories this year included a youth category, Winona-area category and several more.

The current poet laureate of Winona, Ken McCullough, along with previous laureates Jim Armstrong and Emilio DeGrazia, served on the panel that selected the winners. They also selected 10 poems that weren’t overall winners, but were “Laureate Selections,” said Ted Haaland, who founded the contest several years ago and named it after his late wife.

Along with readings there will be treats and refreshments before the ceremony and music by Flutistry, a Winona-based flute choir.

The contest has grown over the years, with poets and writers from all over the country and many parts of the world submitting work.

“It’s continuing to grow,” Haaland said. “I hope the turnout exceeds the prior year’s event.”