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Welcome to Dylan Days

Welcome to the online home of Dylan Days, an organization supporting the arts and honoring Bob Dylan in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Over the years Dylan Days has built a grassroots tradition including the singer/songwriter contest, writing contest and literary showcase, visual arts competition, Bobby Zimmerman bus tour, live music and more.

Dylan Days announces 2012 writing contest winners

HIBBING, Minnesota (April 23, 2012) – The literary committee of Dylan Days, the annual cultural event held in Bob Dylan’s hometown, announces its 2012 winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Creative Writing Contest. Winners will be published in the Dylan Days literary journal “Talkin’ Blues” and are invited to speak at this year’s literary showcase.

“This year’s contest once again included entries from all over the world,” said Aaron J. Brown, Dylan Days co-chair and editor of “Talkin’ Blues.” “We were pleasantly surprised to see some past winners do well in the contest, along with a number of writers and poets new to our competition. This year’s entries were fun to read.”

The contest welcomes entries of any genre or style. A three-judge panel reviews hundreds of entries and uses a blind ranking system to select the top works.

The Dylan Days Literary Showcase will be held during a Dylan Days symposium at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Hibbing Memorial Building Little Theater, the same stage where Bob Dylan played one of his first paid gigs.

1st Place: “The Last One to Die” by Patrick Kennedy of Montreal, Canada
2nd Place: “Lingering” by Candace Simar of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
3rd Place: “In the Black” by Lindsy O’Brien of Mankato, Minnesota

Published Finalists

“No Lemon No Salt” by Brenda Peloquin of Virginia, Minnesota
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” by David Moffatt of Mountain Iron, Minnesota
“The Tea Party” by Jenny Yeoh-Wang of New York

Other Finalists: April Solberg of Chetek, Wisconsin; Maude Larke of Dijon, France; Craig Planting of Minneapolis; Kadedra Holmes of Woodbridge, Virginia.

POETRY – Open Division
1st Place: “Simulated” by Dawn Schout of Holland, Michigan
2nd Place: “Darfur Moon” by Darrell Lindsey of Nacogdoches, Texas
3rd Place: “When We Met” by Jean Cole of Virginia, Minnesota

Published Finalists:

“Rock-a-bye” by Mary Davini of St. Paul, Minnesota
“The Q” by Jeremy Drucker of St. Paul, Minnesota

Other Finalists:
Gillian Culff of Kamuela, Hawaii; Kevin Kennel of Imlay City, Michigan; Joey Wessier of Bostic, North Carolina; Julie Stuckey of Pawling, New York; Rob Ganson of Washburn, Wisconsin

POETRY – B.J. Rolfzen Student Division

1st Place: “A Gentle Disregard” by Bili Dosen of Tampa, Florida
2nd Place: “A Cornucopia of Woes” by Madeline Monk of Manassas, Virginia
3rd Place: “Cancerous Sun” by James Wells of Woodbridge, Virginia

Published Finalists:
“Latin” by Emily Cutler of Indian Springs, Alabama
“Death by Guitar” by Alexis Martinez of Occoquan, Virginia

Other Finalists:
Kadedra Holmes, Emma Carey and James Wells, all of Woodbridge, Virginia; Katherine Estes of Manassas, Virginia

Dylan Days is an annual celebration of music, writing, art and the work of Bob Dylan. Events such as live music, singer/songwriter contests, an art display and an interpretive bus tour of Dylan’s old haunts are held May 24-27, 2012 at venues around downtown Hibbing. Every year, people from all over the world join local talent to make each Dylan Days a unique experience. Find out more at www.dylandays.org.

Contact Dylan Days with questions.

Press Coverage

"Dylan's Minnesota Story Shows Poetry in Motion"
-Aaron J. Brown

"Native Son"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Bringin' It All Back Home"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Tangled Up in Stats"
-Minnesota Monthly

Dylan Days is organized by Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the arts in Bob Dylan's hometown.
All content not provided for promotional purposes copyright by Aaron J. Brown for Dylan Days.