Poetry Contest

Announcing the winners of the

“Hear, Here” Poetry Contest!

First prize:  David Krump, “Ophelia Soft.”
Second prize: Kyle Constalie, “Into Collision.”
Third prize (tie): Susan Houlihan, “River Walk” and Teagan Daly, “Trauma Center.”
Honorable mentions: Mai Chao, “Two Rivers,” and Gene Falkenberg, “Untitled (Back in 1966).”

We received nearly fifty submissions, and there were many exemplary poems and fascinating histories of the La Crosse area. A reminder that the “Hear, Here” project is always open for story submissions, at http://www.hearherelacrosse.org/.

The “Hear, Here” Poetry Contest will conclude on June 10, at Artspire. Join us to celebrate the winning poems and to welcome 2017-2018 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, who will wrap up the festivities with a reading of her own work, including a group of poems about La Crosse’s old Doerflinger’s department store, where she once worked.

Thank you to all of the writers who submitted such energized and interesting poems. We’ve been delighted by the outpouring of stories and interest.

Ariel Beaujot
UWL Associate Professor of History
“Hear, Here” La Crosse Director

William Stobb
UWL Associate Professor of English

About the Contest

Submission Instructions:

  • Submit up to three original poems about a downtown La Crosse experience or landmark.
  • No restrictions as to form: simply seeking energized, focused poems in a contemporary style.
  • Previously published works are acceptable, but will not be considered for publication (see below).
  • Submit to stories@hearherelacrosse.org by March 17, 2017.


  • The winning poem will receive a $100.00 prize. Runner up receives $50. Honorable mention receives $25.
  • The editors of Steam Ticket, an international journal of creative writing, will publish one or more of the winning poems in the spring 2017 issue.
  • The top three poems selected will receive a commemorative, signed broadside print of a poem by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser.
  • The top three to five poems will be honored publicly at the Spring 2017 Artspire festival.
  • All chosen poems will be recorded for inclusion in the Hear, Here archive.