• Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
  • Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
  • Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
  • Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
  • Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
  • Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind
    Wilderness in the City 2014: Poems on Wind

Writers & Readers Common Grounds

Fall: Chameleon in all of Us

Chemical of the month? Cholorphyl, you say.  

Actually, no, because cholorphyl depends on sunlight and warmer temperatures. What happens in the fall is colder temperatures destroy Cholorphyl and other chemicals step in like Carotene and Anthocyanins, the former produces yellows, the latter blues and blue green. A reaction of Anthocyanins and sugars, depending on the light, produces red leaves.

 

If there exists a system of color in poetry, like in nature, it has been described as a "moving army of metphors" that can be detached from reality. While Thoreau regarded autumn as a season of unparalleled vibrancy, Dickinson used fall as a backdrop for longing and waiting in a season devoid of color.

 

Thoreau wrote in "Autumn" Sept 25, 1854, "I suspect that I know what the brillancy of the autumnal tints will depend. On the greater or less drought of the summer. If the drought had been uncommingly severe, as this year, I should think it would so far destroy the vitality of the leaf that it would attain only to a dull, dead color in autumn; that to become brilliant in autumn, the plant should be full of sap and vigor to the last."

 

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Wilderness in the City Ramblings...

Wilderness in the City 2014-15

Join us for the final Wilderness in the City Excursion at the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area on October 19 from 10am to 12pm. Bring a camera and your best walking shoes. We will meet in the parking lot.

 

This will be our last event until 2016 due to the construction on Hwy 101 and Flying Cloud Drive. This event is free and open to the public. The EFEIT/RTA is 1/6 mile past Lion's Tap Restaurant in Eden Prairie on Flying Cloud Drive.

 

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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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.

 

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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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