Place-Based Poetry at CFPA

Executive Director Jackie Hayes and artist Cole Sarar collaborated to identify a local poet of indigenous ancestry to write a poem commemorating the site where CFPA is growing. Based on their compelling use of imagery and modern lyricism, Halee Kirkwood was commissioned to write a poem that will guide other artists in the creation of installation artworks in and around the new building, and provide an anthem for the community at CFPA.

Halee Kirkwood, a 2019-2020 Loft Mentor Series Fellow, received their MFA from Hamline University. Their work has been published in The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series, Water~Stone Review, Lunch Ticket, Muzzle Magazine, Grimoire Magazine, Up The Staircase Quarterly, The Under Review, Cream City Review, Strange Horizons, and others. They have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, as well as a nomination for a Best of the Net prize. Kirkwood was an inaugural teaching fellow for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference at Arizona State University and their mini-chapbook, Exorcising The Catalogue, was published in Fall 2018 with Rinky Dink Press. Kirkwood is the executive editor of Runestone Journal, an online literary magazine publishing emerging writers. Kirkwood is a proud first-generation college student and a direct descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
Project coordinator Cole Sarar is a writer, photographer, and tech-artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She contracts with Center for the Performing Arts and other artist-lead organizations, as well as organizing and collaborating with other writers and artists as part of her arts practice