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Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651-999-1095

March 17, 2008


Winner to be decided by audience vote during April 12th broadcast

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes / I all alone beweep my outcast state " It seems spring brings out the poet in some, and Garrison Keillor is encouraging all sonneteers to enter their best in A Prairie Home Companion's Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest.

Keillor says, "We'll read the best entries on our April 12th live broadcast from Town Hall in New York, and we'll invite our audience — at home and at the theater — to vote a winner. The first prize will be a Sleep Number queen-size bed from Select Comfort, along with three dozen roses — a bed of roses delivered to your door — a source of untold joy, not to mention untold sleep."

He adds, "We'll accept rhymed or unrhymed 14-line sonnets. We think they should be love poems, but love of what, who's to say?"

Sonnets absolutely must be original and will be accepted until Friday, April 11, at midnight Central Time. Versifying wordsmiths can submit poems by going to

Currently in its 34th season, A Prairie Home Companion has made Minnesota's way of life and the fictional small town of Lake Wobegon part of American popular culture. The show is heard on more than 500 public radio stations nationwide, with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on XM Radio, the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network. Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News From Lake Wobegon, is available via podcast/iTunes.

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WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest

RULES: Poems must be original, rhymed or unrhymed 14-line sonnets. Entries will be accepted at until midnight (Central Time) on April 11, 2008

WHEN: Winners will be selected by audience vote during the APHC live broadcast on Saturday, April 12, 2008

BROADCAST: In most markets, A Prairie Home Companion is broadcast on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Check local public radio listings for broadcast times in your area

WHERE: The Town Hall 123 West 43rd St. (West 43rd between 6th Ave. and Broadway) New York, NY. (Show begins at 5:45 p.m.)

TICKETS: Purchase tickets to this A Prairie Home Companion show in person at The Town Hall Box Office, or through Ticketmaster at or 212.307.4100

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to, or contact David O'Neill at

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