The People Have Voted!
Nearly 150 poetry lovers voted for their favorite Poetry in the Prairie submissions, and our People’s Choice Award winners are:
Leah Klammer, Ninth Grade
Cranes at Home
Black Crown Cranes’ Horizon
When all the votes were counted, they were so close! So we have decided to name second and third place winners for our People’s Choice Award:
Audrey Pierce, Fifth Grade
If I was a crane
Aidan Klammer, Third Grade
I Wish I Were a Crane
Barbara A. Bohachek
Our first place winners will each receive a one-year Individual Membership to the International Crane Foundation and a signed copy of The Quality of Cranes: A Little Book of Crane Lore, by International Crane Foundation Librarian Betsy Didrickson. The second and third place winners will each receive a signed copy of The Quality of Cranes.
Congratulations to all the winners! You can find all the poems submitted to Poetry in the Prairie here: Click here to view the adult poems, and click here to review the youth poems. Thanks to everyone who shared their poems and voted for their favorites. Your participation has made Poetry in the Prairie a great success. We hope you can visit us this season to read many of the poems among our beautiful prairie wildflowers.
The fine print: All poets retain full rights to their work. No poem may be published or distributed, in whole or in part, without express written permission of the author.
And the winners are…
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Poetry in the Prairie competition, celebrating cranes and the places they call home. We received more than 140 entries from around the world and the competition was stiff! Our judges embraced their very challenging job of reading every poem and the scores have been tallied.
Grades 3-6 – Liza Kanne, A Wetland Through Seasons
Grades 7-9 – Coralee Bodeker, How can it be morning without their calls?
Grades 10-12 – Dria Poulson, My Prairie
Adults – Megan Schliesman, Spotted (Wetlands Walking)
Grades 3-6 – No entries
Grades 7-9 – Brynna Schindel, Untitled
Grades 10-12 – No entries
Adults – Sharon Fisher, A Haiku for the Cranes
Many thanks to our wonderful judges: Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2017-18; Julie Zickefoose, Nature Artist & Writer; Jim Blackburn, Environmental Lawyer and Poet.
We invite you to visit the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin this season to enjoy Poetry in the Prairie for yourself! Click here to plan your visit.
This project is funded in part, by a grant from Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.