2012 Prarie Poetry Prize Co-Winner, Ruth Hill

Ruth Hill was born and educated in upstate New York. She explored the Adirondacks, Appalachia and Alaska. She sailed BC, and became a Design Engineer. She is a dedicated tutor, and enjoys spoken word. Her poetry appears in Apollo’s Lyre, Cyclamens & Swords, Decanto, Little Red Tree, Litchfield Review, New Millennium Writings, Ocean Magazine, Poets for Human Rights, Rose & Thorn, Reach of Song, Song of the San Joaquin, and many more.

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2009 Carol Bly Short Story Contest Winner, Miriam Karmel

 

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Miriam Karmel of Minneapolis won the first Writers Rising Up Carol Bly short story contest with her story, "Happy Chicken." Miriam will read her story on October 17th at the Anderson Center in Red Wing at an all day event remembering Carol Bly, A time and place for solitude: writing below the surface. The event features Carol's writing partner Cynthia Loveland leading a seminar and friend and fellow writer Hamline Professor Patricia Kirkpatrick, who will conduct a workshop. Event details can be found at www.eventful.com and at www.writersrisingup.com. Miriam Karmel's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications including Bellevue Literary Review, Dust & Fire, Sidewalks, Passage, Jewish Women’s Literary Annual and Water~Stone Review. She is the recipient of Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award for her short story, The Queen of Love. In 2007, she received the Kate Braverman Short Story Prize and the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction. Her story, The King of Marvin Gardens appears in Milkweed Edition’s Fiction on a Stick (2008). Nora’s Story, a collection of short stories which she worked on at Ragdale, was the May 2007 selection at www.bookwise.com. She recently completed a second book of linked stories, Being Esther.

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2008 Paul Gruchow Winners, Coleen Johnston

 

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Coleen Johnston's poem "In Spring" appeared in Speakeasy (Summer 2005), and her poetry has been featured in the Art and Poetry Collaboration of Crossings at Carnegie since 2002. Her essay "Walking Brule" won honorable mention in the 2005 Minnesota Literature Essay Contest. She is the author of four books, Garage Sale Decorator: A Pennypincher's Shopping and Decorating Guide (Betterway Publications, 1989) and The Founders, The Guardians and The Inheritors, a historical fiction trilogy (St. Martin's Press 1993-94). Johnston holds a B.S. in English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She lives near Mazeppa, Minnesota, with husband Bruce, and is currently editing the memoir of two years in her woodland garden.

 

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2008 Paul Gruchow Winners, Donal Heffernan

 

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Donal Heffernan is a writer and poet, international lawyer, and university professor. His work has been published in books, literary journals, and magazines. . His novel Lakota Windows about the new tribal Americas is expected to be published next year. He lives in rural Stillwater.

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2008 Paul Gruchow Winners, Patricia Monaghan

 

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Patricia Monaghan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently "Homefront," on the effect of war on families; and of several books of nonfiction including "The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog," an ecospiritual journey around Ireland. She is associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago and Senior Fellow of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank dedicated to reconnecting arts, spirituality, and the environment. She was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and the Phoenix Award for environmental poetry in 2003.

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2008 Paul Gruchow Winners, Virginia M. Wright-Peterson

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Virginia M. Wright-Peterson has written extensively about her native Minnesota homeland and places abroad. Her co-winning essay, "The Natural and Unnatural History of Marion Township, is part of "Finding Ourselves in Empty Places," a collection of essays that trace her journey through the Midwest with her young daughter in the wake of her husband's death from leukemia.

When she isn't writing, she is teaching English and Humanities at Rochester Community and Technical College, growing native plants in her small greenhouse, walking with her three canine companions, and biking and reading with her daughter, or traveling. Recent adventures have taken her to Iraq with the Red Cross, to the Peruvian Amazon, and to Algiers as a Fulbright Scholar.

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2007 Paul Gruchow Winners, Sue Leaf

 

Sue LeafSue LeafSue Leaf of Center City, Minnesota won the 2007 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest with her essay To Love the World. Honorable Mention went to Coleen L. Johnston of Mazeppa, MN for her essay Foreigner.

Sue Leaf of Center City, MN won the 2007 contest with her essay entitled, “To Love The World.”, and co-won the 2006 contest with her essay: “Everlasting Fire.” Sue Leaf has a PH.D in zoology and has taught biology and environmental science at Cambridge Community College in Minnesota. She was awarded a McKnight Individual Artist Grant in 1998. Her writing has been published in Minnesota Monthly, Utne Reader, Architecture Minnesota and Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. She is the author of Potato City (Borealis Books, 2004). She lives in Center City, Minnesota on the shores of Pioneer Lake.

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2006 Co-Winning Essay, Sue Leaf

2006 Co-Winning Author, Sue Leaf

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Sue Leaf of Center City, MN won the 2007 contest with her essay entitled, “To Love The World.”, and co-won the 2006 contest with her essay: “Everlasting Fire.” Sue Leaf has a PH.D in zoology and has taught biology and environmental science at Cambridge Community College in Minnesota. She was awarded a McKnight Individual Artist Grant in 1998. Her writing has been published in Minnesota Monthly, Utne Reader, Architecture Minnesota and Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. She is the author of Potato City (Borealis Books, 2004). She lives in Center City, Minnesota on the shores of Pioneer Lake.

 

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2006 Co-Winning Essay Mark Herwig

 

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Mark Herwig of White Bear Lake, MN won with his essay entitled: “Observations of White Bear Lake: “The Veil, “Lights Out,” “Emulsified,” Moonrise over Manitou.”

Herwig has been an avid volunteer, professional conservationists and writer most of his life. His other life-long pursuits include bird watching, canoeing, gardening, and relief woodcarving wildlife scenes. He is the father of a grown son and daughter. Herwig is editor of Pheasants Forever Journal for Pheasants Forever, The Habitat Organization.

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