• Nature Writing Contest 2021 Winners

    Please join us in honoring the following winners of our 26th Annual Nature Writing Contest! Winning works are linked below for your reading pleasure, or join us at the Nature Arts Festival on Sunday, August 8, from 3 to 5 PM, to hear them read in person with judge feedback!

    Child Prose

    1st – Manya Raina, “Fond Memories”
    2nd – Kiefer Schatz, “Nature Versus Humanity”
    3rd – Joshua Gordon, “Gathering Day”
    Honorable Mention – Ava Carbone, “Animals After Dark”
    Honorable Mention – Saanvi Chari, “Wishing Upon a Shooting Star”

    Child Poetry

    1st – Mitch Neff, “Nature”
    2nd – Adam Nitz, “Trees”
    3rd – Gabrielle Armstrong, “Springtime”
    Honorable Mention – Liam Gorris, “Brown”
    Honorable Mention – Amarianna Mormile, “In The Woods”

    Adolescent Prose

    1st – Chloe Leng, “The Animal Inside”
    2nd – Omar Elbadawy, “Through Eagle Eyes”
    3rd – Abby Colbow, “The Willow Tree”
    Honorable Mention – Angela D’Souza, “Petrichor”
    Honorable Mention – Mariana Del Rio, “Nature’s Lullaby”

    Adolescent Poetry

    1st – Maya Taylor, “Blue Lagoon”
    2nd – Carmen Hu, “Stars Shine”
    3rd – Saoirse Niehus, “Frostmorn’”
    Honorable Mention – Hannah McCauley, “Youth”
    Honorable Mention – Gregory Palumbo, “The Woodpecker”

    Adult Prose

    1st – Andrew France, “Will the circle be unbroken?”
    2nd – Matt Hayward, “Chagrin River Story”
    3rd – Mike Albright, “With each paw step on the trail”
    Honorable Mention – Samantha Schatz, “Winter Adventure”
    Honorable Mention – Jacob Silvia, “Dandelion Junction”

    Adult Poetry

    1st – Karen Morgan, “Kentucky Warbler”
    2nd – David Adams, “The Dream of the Last Loon”
    3rd – Nancy Huth, “Multilingual”
    Honorable Mention – Nanette Barrett, “Hellebores”
    Honorable Mention – Sam Wright, “Beech Tree in the Snow, February 26”


    About the Judges

    Our judge of Child Prose & Poetry, Dr. Katherine Orr has seen her poems appear in The Kenyon Review, The Texas Review, The Midwest Quarterly Journal of Contemporary Thought and many other literary journals and anthologies. She has led poetry workshops in and around Northeast Ohio for many years, and her most recent research focuses on the uses of poetry and metaphor as healing agents. Presently she teaches Poetry and Creative Writing at Kent State University, and is a longtime friend of the Geauga parks.”

    Our judge of Adolescent Prose & Poetry, Jenny Clark — teacher, poet, grandmother, Nature lover — leads Zoom Journal Writing Classes and hopes to return to in-person classes soon. She loves Imaginary Journeys and visited Iceland while sitting at her desk this past winter. At sunrise or sunset she walks beside a lake, looking, listening and discovering new delights. Her poems have appeared in small magazines and her journals explore questions you may never have thought to ask. Her focus this year is “Returning to the Body: The Journal and Self-Care.”

    Our judge of Adult Prose & Poetry, Bob Coughlin is a poet and professor of English at Lakeland Community College, now mostly retired. Bob is a co-founder and editor of the Chagrin River Review, an online journal. He was born in Willoughby-on-the-Lake, raised in Euclid, and now lives in Hambden Township. He is an avid hiker and fiddle player. Bob and his wife, Linda, have three daughters and five grandchildren scattered around the country from Montana to Columbus to Mentor. As Garrison Keillor used to say, in this family “all the women are strong and all the children and grandchildren are above average.”