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Write to the River — Summer 2019 call for submissions

One sure sign of summer is the array of growing vegetation along the riverbank. Plants and trees explode with vivid color, providing shade and beauty throughout the season. Of course humans are not the only ones who find the welcoming summer river irresistible. We share this valuable waterway with many species. What brings you to the river during the summer? Submit your summer river writing by July 31.  >>

Write to the River — Spring 2019 prose & poetry

Year after year, a snowy landscape greens with new life, and our frozen river flows again. Our spring writing submissions beautifully convey ways the changing river landscape can inspire. From a vantage point on the Franklin Avenue bridge in Minneapolis to rolling along the river's entire course, we hope you enjoy reading all. >>

Write to the River — Fall 2018 Prose & Poetry

In response to the fall photo prompt featuring visitors to Raspberry Island in St. Paul, writers submitted thoughtful poetry and prose that shows the many ways we access and understand our connections to the river.  >>

Write to the River featured in Open Rivers Journal

We're thrilled to share this beautiful feature of FMR's Write to the River project from the Open Rivers Journal of the River Life Institute.

Coordinator Leslie Thomas shares the inspiration for using words and images to deepen relationships with the Mississippi, along with a selection of writing and author interviews. We hope you enjoy it! >>