We’re thrilled to announce the winning entries in the Spring 2022 Storytelling Contest! Sponsored by Saint Paul Almanac and University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership. Our contest theme was Environmental (In)Justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota). Curated by Brad Hagen and Said Shaiye, six pieces were selected as contest winners.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners!

Contest Winners

Art by Evelyn Staats

I Want My Future Back

By Evelyn Staats ● April 1, 2022


Fire Medicine

By Sagirah Shahid ● April 1, 2022

In Remembrance of Breonna Taylor The ancestor of triggers started off as thick and hollow grass, bamboo chopped down and sculpted into a tiny cannon which, if fed gunpowder functions much

Animal Economics

By Eric Wilkinson ● April 1, 2022

How do we quantify the cost of an animal’s life under the shadow of our current economy? As the global COVID-19 pandemic dissipates, it seems clear that America’s reckoning with

Let Us Consider

By Christine Mounts ● April 1, 2022

Let us consider where we were born. Where else might that have been within our vast, lifeless known space? Science fiction movie myth Of fantasy escape shuttles To nearby livable

Big Lake Smelt Don’t Lie

By Robert Hale ● April 1, 2022

It’s early spring on Lake Superior. The Big Lake has shed its ice, and the April sun has warmed the waters to a temp of 38F. Rainbow Smelt begin to

Children of Michigan

By Stephani Maari Booker ● April 1, 2022

“God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt. Put it in your mouth, and it will work.” — Children’s rhyme We ate fire retardant in our 1970s burgers. Suckled on sewage

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