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Nature in Words

2013's Nature in Words Fellow was Carrie Jacob from Olivet College. Jacob was mentored by Dr. Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer and pursued her theme of "Nature, Global Justice, and the Creative Writer."


Reflections of the Natural World
The Nature in Words Fellowship is a unique opportunity being offered at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to creative writers. Modeled after the Gordon Art Fellowship, it provides an undergraduate student a unique opportunity to nurture and cultivate his or her writing abilities while living within the beauty of the Institute's natural setting. The goal of the fellowship is to develop the writer’s creativity by deepening their appreciation of nature and the sciences. The student, along with a faculty mentor, will propose a project that will culminate in a complete written body of work. This program is open to full-time students who have not yet completed their requirements for graduation and who are currently attending one of the consortium educational institutions. The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal. It will include a $3,750 stipend, on-site housing and partial meal support for the 10-12 week (full-time) project. The faculty mentor is eligible for a stipend of up to $3,500 for travel, supplies, or salary.

Past Nature In Words Reports

Nature, Global Justice, and the Creative Writer - Carrie Jacob. 2013. Olivet College.


But That Was In A Different Life - Kate Belew. 2012. Kalamazoo College.

Ecopoetry: The New Nature Poetry - Courtney Kalmbach. 2012. Central Michigan University.
A Creative and Critical Study of the Natural World - Sarah Menz. 2011. Alma College.


Please contact Sara Syswerda, education director, at (269) 721-4434.