Thursday, February 06, 2014

Save the Wild U.P. hosts poetry contest through March 15

MARQUETTE -- Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP) has announced a new poetry contest, "Putting the Wild into Words," designed to highlight the environment of the Upper Peninsula. SWUP is seeking submissions of nature-related poems -- written in the spirit of wilderness, or inspired by personal connections with the unique landscape of Upper Michigan.

Save the Wild U.P.’s poetry contest is free and open to all current residents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The contest runs February 1 - March 15, 2014. Any U.P. writer may submit online (one entry per person):

"Saving the Wild U.P. means naming, cherishing, and then protecting what makes Upper Michigan such an incredible place -- our language, our lakes, and our lands. We’re delighted to sponsor this new contest, because 'Putting the Wild Into Words' will help spotlight that vital vein that runs between landscape and our identity," said Kathleen Heideman, president of SWUP.

Russell Thorburn, U.P. Poet Laureate, will judge. In April, National Poetry Month, Thorburn will join the winners for two special poetry readings, to be held in Munising and Marquette.

Asked how his own poetry connects, Thorburn shared a few lines of his work: "To the cold stones and sky and those crows who don't know they're only shadows against the snow departing, the voices of all those who sing from a lost wilderness, snow day after snow day, 'in lairs and asylums of the tremendous shout.'"

In 2013, Russell Thorburn was named the first Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate, chosen by literary-minded experts from around the peninsula. Thorburn is the author of five books of poetry, including Father, Tell Me I Have Not Aged (Marick Press), and Approximate Desire (New Issues Poetry).

Winning poets will be contacted in mid-March, and invited to participate in two special "Putting the Wild into Words" poetry readings with judge Russell Thorburn.* Winning poems will be featured on Save the Wild U.P.’s website. Poets awarded first, second and third prize will each receive valuable gift certificates from U.P. businesses who support Save the Wild U.P.’s grassroots environmental work.

* Click here for more details on the contest.

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