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. Follow the submission guidelines for each submission at the Contests and Submissions page https://writersrisingup.org/submissions/

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 Rising Up is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible.

Board of Directors

Vicki Pellar Price
Vicki 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. Pellar Price is the author of Ramblings From The Trail, Wet Feet, Soiled Dress, Defining Historical Truth with a second book on Elizabeth Fries Ellet to be published in 2024.

Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman

Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman
Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman (she/her) has been a poet-participant in Writers Rising Up for nearly a decade. Her writings, focusing on the natural world and animals, can be found in Trash Panda Magazine, Pigeon Papers, The Rumpus, Minding the Future (Springer Verlag, 2021) and the forthcoming Purr and Yowl anthology, among others. When she’s not writing, providing editorial assistance for Right Hand Pointing, working with the Cascadia Lab on the Poetry Postcard Fest, or herding the human and non-human animals in her household, she teaches medical ethics and philosophy of science at Oregon State University.


Susan Thurston
Award-winning author Susan Thurston, MALS, is a dedicated writing coach and teacher who believes the personal narrative has the power to change lives. As a professional communicator, Susan has served in leadership roles at St. Olaf College, Carleton College, and the University of Minnesota. Her first published novel Sister of Grendel (Calumet Editions) received the 2022 Catalyst Story Institute Literary Award and 2023 Midwest Book Award in Fiction-Fantasy. She currently serves as a communications coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health.

Marge Barrett
Marge Barrett is the author of a chapbook of poems, My Memoir Dress, a book of poetry, If You Have Something to Say, Margaret, and a memoir, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun. Her work also appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She graduated with a BA in English from St. Catherine University and completed Master’s work in education and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. She has taught in high schools and universities, adult community programs and at the Loft Literary Center for over 20 years. Currently, she conducts a variety of writing workshops. Having raised a family in St. Paul, she and her husband live near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. They spend time with their children and grandchildren there and at a cabin on the St. Croix River in Marine on St. Croix, MN.

Carla Hagen

Carla Hagen
Carla Hagen’s debut novel, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, won the 2012 Midwest Independent Publishers Awards (MIPA) for literary fiction and historical fiction. Muskeg, her second novel, was a 2023 MIPA finalist for Literary/Contemporary/Historical Fiction. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Voices for the Land and When Last on the Mountain, as well as in journals like Talking Stick, Saint Paul Almanac, Border Senses and Sing, Heavenly Muse! The Minnesota-Canadian border, where she grew up, and Mexico, where she came of age, inform much of her work. She is a retired attorney who practiced law as a public defender, then as a prosecutor. When not writing, she swims, dances, hikes, travels and studies languages. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband, a poet, and is working on the third novel in her Minnesota-Canadian border trilogy.