Entries by jody

2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest Winner, Lara Palmquist

Lara Palmquist graduated with a BA in American Studies and Biology from St. Olaf College in 2013. Along with a group of students, she is a co-founder of the St. Olaf environmental education program “SustainAbilities,” which encourages sustainable living and behavior on the college campus. The program was conceptualized and guided by the late Dr. […]

Wilderness in the City 2014

What's happening at the EFEIT/RTA this season?  Don't miss the final event planned for 2014.   Join us for the final  Wilderness in the City Fall Colors at the EFEIT October 19 at 10AM to 12Noon. Bring a camera and pad of paper to press leaves.  Meet up at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area  1/6 […]

A Hakka Man Farms Rare Earth in South China

  Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and came to USA in 1986. She is the founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers project, a five-year project that builds a sense of kinship among the people who live along the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers through exchanging gifts of art, poetry, stories, music, dance and […]

2013 Bill Holm Poetry Contest Co-Winner, Jan Pettit

Jan Pettit’s poetry has appeared (or will soon appear) in The National Poetry Review, Water-Stone Review, Great River Review, South Dakota Review, Rosebud Magazine, Tusculum Review, Natural Bridge, and in Nebraska Presence, an anthology of poetry by native Nebraskans. Her nonfiction work was recently featured on the MnArtists.org audio segment, You Are Hear. Jan is a graduate of […]

2013 Bill Holm Poetry Contest Co-Winner, Linda Beeman

Linda Beeman is one of the co-winners of the Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Poetry Contest with her collection “Hibernal Songs.” She  is an award-winning poet living on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Her first chapbook, Wallace, Idaho, is a lyric tribute to her gritty hometown. Beeman’s poems have appeared in Raven Chronicles andWindfall and […]

2013 Carol Bly Short Story Contest Winner, Deborah DeNicola

Deborah DeNicola is the winner of the 2013 Carol Bly Short Story Contest with her story “Come Alone to the Alone.”  Deborah wears several writing hats as a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, critic, essayist, editor and blogger. Her most recent publication is a full collection of poetry, Original Human, from WordTech Communications Press and her spiritual […]

2013 Bill Holm Poetry Contest Co-Winner, Martin Willitts Jr.

Martin Willitts Jr is one of the co-winners of the Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Poetry Contest with his collection “Lake Effect; How To Know It is Cold Enough For Winter; Snow Fall; Kambara.” Martin Willitts Jr is a Quaker, organic gardener, and retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He was nominated for 6 […]

The River in Our Blood Wang Ping

  Wang Ping is a Chinese-American author and academic. Her writings center around the past and present of China, and the experiences of Chinese immigrants who live in America. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Macalester, and teaches courses in creative writing and poetry. Wang has been the recipient of awards from […]

Wilderness in the City: Winter Writing Tour: Mud Nests, Bee Dances and Hibernation

  Mud Nests, Bee Dances and Hibernation: Wilderness in the City Winter Writing Tour  Let’s Dance. Bees do it: The Honey Bee Dance is a form of communication: an actual language that’s a body dance.  Bee dances, and there are many, provide distance and direction to other bees which are communicated with the intent of recruiting others workers in […]

“Long may she wave..”

Wilderness in the City: Summer Writing Tour: Ellet’s Ramblings & Thoreau’s Notes   “The Minnesota River is always a bender. Long may she wave.”  A reporter aboard the Franklin Steele, 1861   Ellet’s journey in 1852 was arranged by a New York newspaper whose interest was in a series of articles with a sensationalist telling […]