I’m starting a new project and need help. What do you know about Poetry Harbor?

I’m looking for people attached to Poetry Harbor.

Google tells me that the late Patrick McKinnon (DNT spotlight here) was a founder, maybe? So was Ellie Schoenfeld?

It looks like Larry Schug published with them (Obsessed with Mud)? So did Sheila Packa (Always Saying Goodbye)?

There were two award-winning anthologies, I think?

  • One with Linda Grover, Denise Sweet, others, called Nitaawichige, I think?
  • One with Jim Northrup, Adrian Louis, Al Hunter, and Denise Sweet, Days of Obsidian, Days of Grace, 1994.

Deb Cooper published The Gods of Wild Things with Poetry Harbor, yeah?

There were readings — it looks like Kyle Elden Heyesen “was involved” according to LinkedIn — as a reader? a host? an organizer?

And Poetry Harbor sponsored a KUMD segment or three? Or is the naming of the segment “Poetry Harbor” coincidental?

Poetry Harbor

Anyway. Can I buy an outdoor cup of coffee for anyone who can tell me the history of Poetry Harbor and help me ascertain whether I am headed down a dead end? Googling is overwhelming.

North coast review.
by Poetry Harbor; a Journal

Poets who haven’t moved to Minneapolis.
by Poetry Harbor
Publisher: [Duluth, Minn.] : Poetry Harbor, 1990.

We are all living with aids : a rural experience.
by Poetry Harbor;
Publisher: [Duluth, Minn.] : Poetry Harbor, ©1992.

Poets who haven’t moved to St. Paul.
by Poetry Harbor;
Publisher: Duluth, Mn. : Poetry Harbor, 1991.

Days of obsidian, days of grace : selected poetry and prose by four Native American writers
by Al Hunter; Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (Minn.); Poetry Harbor;
Publisher: Duluth, Minn. : Poetry Harbor, ©1994.

The gods of wild things
by Deborah Gordon Cooper; Poetry Harbor
Publisher: Duluth, Minn. : Poetry Harbor, ©2002.

Difficult Valentines
by Ellie Schoenfeld; Poetry Harbor
Publisher: Duluth, Minn. : Poetry Harbor, 2004.

Obsessed with mud : new poems
by Lawrence Schug; Poetry Harbor
Publisher: Duluth, Minn. : Poetry Harbor, ©1997.

Announcing Poetry Harbor’s newest release, X : a chapbook of poems by Katri Sipila.
by Katri Sipilä; Poetry Harbor;
Publisher: Duluth, Minn. : Poetry Harbor, [2000?]

An evening with John Trudell
by John Trudell; Poetry Harbor
VHS video



about 2 years ago

If I were looking for contacts, I think I'd check in with Liz Minette, who is active on FB. I'm not sure if that's an accurate choice, but at least she could send you to others, I think.


about 2 years ago

I can say with certainty that Patrick McKinnon and Ellie Schoenfeld were the co-founders of Poetry Harbor. So Ellie would be a great resource to you if you can find how to get in touch.

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