The Luther Poetry Project

The Luther Poetry Project is a program of Luther College's sixth Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities for 2002-04, Carol Gilbertson. A Professor of English at Luther, Gilbertson has designed this project to raise campus awareness of poetry's power and relevance.

For more information on the Jones Professorship, click here.

For a fuller statement about the purposes and goals of the Poetry Project, click here.


For each public event which is part of The Poetry Project, we have offered buttons (like the one you see here) which include lines from the particular poems being read at the event, so that participants can select the poem they most want to walk away wearing both in and on their hearts!



The project aims to bring poetry into campus life through the following initiatives


Poems 4 Friday--Twice-monthly Friday afternoon readings (4:00 p.m., Farwell Hall Lounge) by Luther faculty, staff, and students on particular poets or topics.

Guest Poets--Poetry readings and residencies by guest poets, including Michael Carey, Rebecca Wee, Joyce Sutphen, Robert Pinsky, and Lucille Clifton.


Looking into Poems--a regular, twice-monthly column in the Luther student newspaper, Chips, written by Carol Gilbertson.


Chapel Series--including a December 2002 Advent Poetry Series and a Spring 2004 Lenten Poetry Series, both featuring poems as well as biblical readings.


Poems for Life--a course for all students taught in Spring 2003 and January 2004.


Disciplinary Conversations within majors on poems related to the discipline.


Various other poetry events, including Open Mikes and Poetry Slams.