Poet keeps hope alive

Poet Lina Belar has been awarded a Creative Support for Individuals grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board to expand “Poems of Hope and Reassurance”, a project featuring the work of regional poets who are creating poems to uplift the spirits of those affected by the pandemic.

The project began last March with a grant from the Community Emergency Relief Fund, a partnership between Emergency Arts and Springboard for the Arts, as part of a support program for artists.

The first public showing included twelve poems of Belar’s at the Green Island Poetry Walk in Wadena. It was quickly followed by three more displays at Green Island featuring the work of poets from around the region. A booklet containing a collection of these poems will be available soon.

This new grant will help Belar to expand this idea to reach more people with a new online presence. It will also include both videos and recordings.

To learn more about submitting a poem and how you can participate in the distribution of “Poems of Hope and Reassurance”, visit www.LinaBelar.com.

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