U.P. Poetry Contest launched!


“The force that drives the water through the rocks / Drives my red blood…”
- Dylan Thomas

Save the Wild U.P.’s 2014 Poetry Contest is seeking submissions of “nature” poems — written in the spirit of wilderness, or inspired by personal connections with the unique landscape of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. What sustains you? What is at stake? Poetry contest is open to all current residents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

  • One entry per person
  • Poem must be previously unpublished
  • Do not include your name on the poem
  • Entries will be accepted from February 1 – March 15, 2014
  • Online submissions only:

Judge: Russell Thorburn, U.P. Poet Laureate. 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 invited to participate in two special “Putting the Wild into Words” poetry readings with judge Russell Thorburn (details below), and the 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.

Thursday April 3, 6pm 
Kick off National Poetry Month with this special reading, featuring Russell Thorburn,
U.P. Poet Laureate
, and winners of Save the Wild U.P.’s 2014 Poetry Contest!
Falling Rock Cafe
104 E. Munising Ave.
Munising, MI 49862

Thursday April 30, 7pm 
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Russell Thorburn, U.P. Poet Laureate
and winners of Save the Wild U.P.’s 2014 Poetry Contest!
Peter White Public Library, Community Room
217 N. Front St
Marquette, MI 49855

Founded in 2004, Save the Wild U.P. is a lean, active grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the Upper Peninsula’s unique cultural and natural resources.

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