• Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
    Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
  • Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
    Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
  • Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
    Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
  • Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest
    Lara Palmquist Winner of the 2014 Paul Gruchow Essay Contest

Writers & Readers Common Grounds

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 food. She paddles along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, giving poetry and art workshops along the river communities, making thousands of flags as gifts and peace ambassadors between the Mississippi and the Yangtze Rivers.

Her publications include Ten Thousand Waves, poetry book from Wings Press, 2014, American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel, 1996), Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998), The Magic Whip (poetry, 2003), The Last Communist Virgin (stories, 2007), all from Coffee House, New Generation: Poetry from China Today, 1999 from Hanging Loose Press, Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett, 2010 from Zephyr Press. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000, University of Minnesota Press, 2002 paperback by Random House) won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. 



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Wilderness in the City Ramblings...

Wilderness in the City 2014


What's happening at the EFEIT/RTA this season?  Don't miss the final two events planned for 2014.

September 20- Wang Ping- Poetry on Wind, Leaves, Rivers - we’ll take a walk in the woods, or along river banks, or just sidewalks and we'll create poems and collect leaves/grass/fruit and press them on fabric and make prayer flags for rivers and mountains and all the sentient beings..

October 19- Kate Havelin, author of “Best Hikes of the Twin Cities” will lead us through the EFEIT/RTA-  this will be Kate’s third excursion leading a group through the EFEIT/RTA.  Kate referred to the  the EFEIT as the RTA as the first trail to go to and the EFEIT signage the best feature, On All Things Considered, MN Public Radio, Tuesday Sept 22, 2009-

All Excursions Free/Public from 10AM to 12 NOON at Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area 18700 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN




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.



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.


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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.



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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