A group that works to preserve the Upper Peninsula's environment and culture is sponsoring a poetry contest.
Save the Wild U.P. is inviting submissions of poems with nature themes that are "written in the spirit of wilderness or inspired by personal connections with the unique landscape of the Upper Peninsula."
The "Putting the Wild into Words" contest is free and open to current U.P. residents. It runs from Feb. 1 through March 15.
U.P. Poet Laureate Russell Thorburn will judge the entries and in April will join the winners for readings in Munising and Marquette.
Each contestant can enter one poem. Submissions can be made online at http://savethewildup.submittable.com.