Poetry in the Prairie People’s Choice Awards – Winners Announced!

Poetry on the Prairie

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:

Youth Category:
First Place
Leah Klammer, Ninth Grade

Cranes at Home

Adult Category:
First Place
Alexander Zitzner,

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:

Youth category:
Second Place
Audrey Pierce, Fifth Grade
If I was a crane

Third Place
Aidan Klammer, Third Grade

I Wish I Were a Crane

Adult category:
Second Place
Barbara A. Bohachek


Third Place
Laura Rowan
Flying Graceful

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.

Click here to read the winning entries!

Poet’s Choice:

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.