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Writers & Readers Common Grounds

Winter in Coats

With every seasonal change we can’t help notice how the light is altered by earthly effects, one reflecting the other. While summer reflects the most light, in winter it reflects the least. Atmospheric phenomena like Halos and Sundogs usually occur in the winter when light is refracted off ice crystals close to the earth’s surface;  it’s called diamond dust. Snow shadows and ghostly curvatures conjure unimaginable creatures, and memories that can emerge in the lines of a poem. 

 

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Wilderness in the City Ramblings...

Wilderness in the City 2016

Join us for Wilderness in the City Excursions at the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in 2016 from 10am to 12pm. 

Due to the construction on Hwy 101 and Flying Cloud Drive, all excursions will begin at the culmination of construction in 2016.

In 2016 Writers Rising Up will partner with the city of Eden Prairie on excursions to include an entomologist, the Minnesota Zoo Mobile, Native American Herbalists and more.

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Winning Writers...

Lara Palmquist 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest Winner

 

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. Jim Farrell, who continues to inspire Lara's environmentalism and writing.

 

Lara is currently living in Northfield, Minnesota, and interning at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Most recently, her fiction was a finalist in the Tethered By Letters Spring Writing Contest, and she is the recipient of a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for graduate studies in 2014-2015. She continues to find inspiration in the observant and powerful writing of Annie Dilliard, Barbara Kingsolver, and Paul Gruchow, whose essays she first read while conducting research in the Boundary Waters at the Coe College Field Station in 2012.

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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 Calendar

 

Digging to the Roots, 2014 Edition

Download this beautiful calendar, compliments of Writers Rising Up.  The month of April features Phylis Campbell Dryden of Lebanon, PA. The month of May features Marge Barrett of Minneapolis, MN. All images by Victoria Joy Price.


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