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Kelley Leaf,
Poetry People/People Poetry: A Community Conversation


For more Northern Spark 2019 images, visit our flickr album here, or find Poetry People images on their instagram account @PoetryPeopleMN.

Poetry People/People Poetry is a community conversation about who we are and the narrative of place and home. How do we get attached to a place? How do we describe what home means? In a world of social media, we are used to saying important things in the briefest of ways. Poetry People is a fun way to make YOUR statement about belonging. Choose an anthem or slogan or phrase you would like to communicate. Participants will be able to select large word cards to spell out their statement. You can choose your own cards or choose them as a group. After you’ve decided on your statement, it becomes a line in our community poem! After a volunteer assists with choosing cards for their statement, participants will be escorted to the “stage” where their statement will be photographed and posted to Instagram. Participants can go to @poetrypeopleMN on Instagram to download their photo statement. Camera shy participants can hold their word cards in front of their face- or let your star shine! The Poetry People page on facebook and Twitter will be updated occasionally through the evening. Our collective poem, made up of every participant’s individual statements, will be published after each night of the festival to create a poetic community conversation about where and how we belong. Poetry People/People Poetry will put YOU into the poetry of community and the narrative of place.

Kelley Leaf is an urban story-teller, maker, creator of connections, and optimist. She strives to be a good global citizen, friend to the environment, and a supportive neighbor. Kelley is also a social worker, a cat rescuer and a disability advocate. She can burst into song without warning.

Noah Keathly is a film, digital, and fiber artist based in Minneapolis. With any medium, Noah strives to create new things, dive into unknown territory and have fun doing it. His unique perspective allows humans to see themselves in a new light.


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The Commons 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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9pm - 2am


Kelley Leaf
(b.) Des Moines, IA
(works) Minneapolis
Noah Keathly
(b.) Minneapolis
(works) Minneapolis and Saint Paul