Marge Barrett

Marge BarrettMarge BarrettMarge Barrett has published a chapbook of poetry, “My Memoir Dress,” prose and poetry in Best of the Web 2009, the Minnesota Historical Society’s “The State We’re In,” and numerous journals. She has won creative writing awards from St. Catherine University and the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota and grants to study in Prague and St. Petersburg. A former editor of River Images for the St. Croix ArtBarn and faculty advisor of Ivory Tower for the University of Minnesota, she currently teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and various writing workshops. She also runs short-short story contests for MINNPOST.com. Marge will be leading a Wilderness Writing Workshop at the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail fall of 2013.

 

 

                    Victoria Pellar Price

Victoria Pellar PriceVictoria Pellar Price

Victoria Pellar Price is the director of Writers Rising Up to Defend Place, Natural Habitat, Wetlands (since 2001). The 501 (c) (3) literary nonprofit is based in Eden Prairie. The Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail was a four year project the non-profit undertook to create a permanent guide to Eden Prairie’s history and natural biomes in a 125 acre stretch of untouched prairie, big woods, sedge meadow, oak savanna and bottomland forest.The non-profit has partnered with the Arboretum on writing workshops and readings related to place and natural habitat with Minnesota writers Carol Bly, Bill Holm, Paul Gruchow, Deborah Keenan, Joyce Sutphen and Michael Dennis Browne. Pellar Price has a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (Chouinard Art Institute), and MLA & MFA from Hamline. She was a member of the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission 1997-1999, the Eden Prairie Historical Society 2007- 2015, the Eden Prairie Community Education Partnership Breakfast 2004-2009 and the Eden Prairie Flying Cloud Airport Advisory Commission March 2015-16.

 

                            Mark Herwig

Mark HerwigMark HerwigMark is Editor for PFJ, QFJ, Upland Tales and “The Nomad” Blog Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever 

He has been an outdoor writer since working for the Minnesota Daily and the University of Minnesota in 1978. He has been editor of Pheasants Forever's three magazines and a blog since 1998 and has freelanced of late for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association magazine Whitetales about restoring 44 acres of aspen-maple forest he recently purchased near Cloquet.

As editor of Pheasants Forever, a conservation non-profit dedicated  to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs, Mark has honed his craft. Pheasants Forever is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Mark picked up a silver medal for his article, “Cooperation Builds to Save the Sage-Grouse,” which appeared in the Fall 2011 issue. The prestigious 2012 award from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association falls under the category of best feature article for circulations over 30,000. The Association presented the award at its annual gala, held November 2012. Mark’s book, The Best of Pheasants Forever, The Journal of Upland Conservation is available at Amazon.com.  Mark is a co-winner of the Paul Gruchow Essay Contest in 2006. Mark will lead a Wilderness in the city writing tour in 2013 at the EFEIT/RTA. Herwig and his springer spaniel Hunter pictured on assignment for the Quail Forever Journal in January in southern Illinois.

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John Harrington

John HarringtonJohn Harrington

John is a poet, essayist, husband and father living with his wife and her border collie mix at the eastern edge of the 23,000 acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. By day he is the Green Communities Program and Loan Officer at Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. When not working or writing, he bakes bread, goes fly fishing with his wife, takes writing classes at The Loft, studies urban and natural ecology and spends time with his two adult children. He is a graduate of Boston College with a major in English. John is co-winner of the Prairie Poetry Prize: Prairie Sampler YouTube competition in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Writers Rising Up - We Grow Readers & Writers!

The goal at Writers Rising Up to Defend Place, Natural Habitat, Wetlands is to give writers who submit to our writing opportunities a chance to cultivate their craft by competing in different genres. Writers who are selected for non-cash prizes receive a place where their writing will be acknowledged, and honored. For those who submit to submissions with prize money only writers whose work is selected by the judges will be compensated.

 

Writers Rising Up is concerned with the world around us, so our focus is on nature writing related to place, natural habitat and wetlands.  Three Minnesota writers who capture the essence of place and nature are Paul Gruchow, Carol Bly and Bill Holm, all of whom participated in Writers Rising Up’s workshops, readings and events.  We have dedicated three of our submission opportunities to these extraordinary Minnesota writers, who have not only left us their legacy of style, but the enduring memories of their recollections and characterizations of small towns, wildernesses and Minnesota seasons.

Our Submissions: Prairie Prize: Prairie Sampler;  Digging to the Roots Calendar;  bug city: make a bug, poetry contest lets poets build a poem out of a slithery, slimy collection of words and critter images and Writers & Readers Common Grounds submissions, which can be essays or poems...please read the guidelines at our events and contests link and at our Submittable link.

About Writers Rising Up

Writers Rising Up is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible. We encourage a deeper understanding and participation in environmental stewardship. Through the literary arts at community events, contests, workshops, literary performances, interpretive installations and publications, our focus is on nature education and writing. Through our submission opportunities we only promote writers who submit to our writing opportunities, and only writers who associate their work to cultural, spiritual and social connections to place, the land, natural habitat, including flora, fauna and wetlands.

 

Writers Rising Up™ has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office for: educational services, namely poetry and literary contests, competitions and events for writers to submit and perform literary interpretations related to place, natural habitat, and wetlands.

 

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Writers & Readers Common Grounds

Gossip, Historian or both..

Who was this woman? A female who seemingly excelled at mischevious gossip and entangled relations with the opposite sex (Edgar Allan Poe and Rufus Grisowold), Elizabeth Fries Ellet anecdotally named the city of Eden Prairie on her visit here in 1852. Unlike most of her fellow writers at the New York literary soirees of the 19th century, Ellet was a prolific writer and broke with tradition by writing for dime novels, lady's magazines and newspapers (penny press) in what many writers of the time referred to as yellow journalism. 

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Wilderness in the City Ramblings...

Prairie Poetry Prize & Sampler 2017

To Walt Whitman America was a place where grass was "hopeful green stuff."Prairies left a lasting impression on writers who visited the Great Plains in the 19th century, often describing them in terms of vast waves of wind swept blades surrounded by boundless sky. On his first trip west Whitman wrote in Specimen Days, #179 Prairies, “…stretching out on its own unbounded scale, unconfined, which there is in these prairies, combining the real and ideal, and beautiful as dreams.” Three of Whitman's poems on prairie grass: “The Prairie-Grass Dividing,” “The Prairie States,” and “A Prairie Sunset.”

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Winning Writers...

Alice D'Alessio Paul Gruchow 2017

Alice D'Alessio of Middleton, Wisconsin won the 2017 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest with her essay “Tending the Valley.”

Alice is a poet with four published books, including A Blessing of Trees, which won the Posner Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers as best book of the year.

She was a contributor to the former Woodlands & Prairies Magazine. Alice has a strong interest in the natural world and writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry.

Images of the Valley are on Writers Rising Up's slide-show: Turk's Cap Lilies, Big Bluestem, Grand Marshall Oak, After a Burn, and Prairie Blazing.

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About Writers Rising Up

Writers Rising Up is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible. We encourage a deeper understanding and participation in environmental stewardship. Through the literary arts at community events, contests, workshops, literary performances, interpretive installations and publications, our focus is on nature education and writing. Through our submission opportunities we promote writers who associate their work to cultural, spiritual and social connections to place, the land, natural habitat, including flora, fauna and wetlands.

 

Writers Rising Up™ has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office for: educational services, namely poetry and literary contests, competitions and events for writers to submit and perform literary interpretations related to place, natural habitat, and wetlands.

 

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Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail

 

The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the East Coast writer who visited the area in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet described the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie as the garden spot of the territory.

 

The celebrated valley of the Minnesota River--called St. Pierre by the French, and until recently, St. Peter's—extends in a general direction from west to east, and, with the country along its tributaries, forms the garden spot of the territory.

 

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Digging to the Roots Poetry

 

Digging to the Roots Color Poetry 

The 2017 Digging to the Roots Color Poetry submission guidelines and images can be found at our Events and Contests Link. Write a poem or poems with the colors of the images as the central theme. There are 10 images to choose from. Follow this link to an article from the Poetry Foundation that provides insight into the use of images, metaphor and color to describe the writer's experience.


 

 

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