• Alice D'Allessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner
    Alice D'Allessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner

    Big Bluestem

  • Alice D'Allesio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner
    Alice D'Allesio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner

    Grand Marshall Oak

  • Alice D'Alessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner
    Alice D'Alessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner

    Prairie Blazing

  • Alice D'Alessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner
    Alice D'Alessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner

    Turks Caps Lilites

  • Alice D'Allessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner
    Alice D'Allessio 2017 Gruchow Essay Winner

    After Spring Burn

Writers & Readers Common Grounds

Gossip, Historian or both..

Who was this woman? A female who seemingly excelled at mischevious gossip and entangled relations with the opposite sex (Edgar Allan Poe and Rufus Grisowold), Elizabeth Fries Ellet anecdotally named the city of Eden Prairie on her visit here in 1852. Unlike most of her fellow writers at the New York literary soirees of the 19th century, Ellet was a prolific writer and broke with tradition by writing for dime novels, lady's magazines and newspapers (penny press) in what many writers of the time referred to as yellow journalism. 



More Writers & Readers Common Grounds...

Wilderness in the City Ramblings...

Bill Holm Witness Poetry

Bill Holm was a frequent participant at Writers Rising Up's workshops. He often read and lectured with fellow Minnesota author Carol Bly at Writers Rising Up's events held at the Minnesota Landscape Abroretum. Carol and Bill would listen intently to each other. Bill overflowed with stories and memories,  wisdom and experiences in the retelling of every day life.  Recollections  filled with humor, pathos and the realities of misfits and loosers,  Holm still tells us through his writing how Holidays measure the passing of our lives from birth to death.  Garrison Keillor called Bill, "the tallest radical humorist in the Midwest." 



Winning Writers...

Alice D'Allesio Gruchow Essay 2017

Alice D' Allesio is the winner of the 2017 Paul Gruchow Contest for her essay "Tending the Valley." Congrats Alice. She is a Middleton poet whose poems often reflect the wonder of the natural world, and/or the environmentalist’s vision. Social/political commentary and family/love relationships are also favorite subjects, rendered with a serious or light touch. Her poems have been published in the Wisconsin Academy Review, Earth’s Daughters, North Coast Review, Ariel, Free Press, The Kerf, Fox Cry Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others. They have won awards from The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Wisconsin Regional Writers, and she was a runner-up in the Wisconsin Academy Review Poetry Contest in 2002.



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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 Poetry


Digging to the Roots Color Poetry 

The 2017 Digging to the Roots Color Poetry submission guidelines and images can be found at our Events and Contests Link. Write a poem or poems with the colors of the images as the central theme. There are 10 images to choose from. Follow this link to an article from the Poetry Foundation that provides insight into the use of images, metaphor and color to describe the writer's experience.