ANDERSON, Ind. — Sharpen your pencils. If you’re one of the many people who love the wonders of Indiana’s state parks, and you’re perhaps a budding or accomplished author, it’s a moment to shine.
Local authors Stacy Savage and Kathy Gerstorff are seeking submissions of poems and short stories for publication in a new book they plan to publish this fall. Proceeds from the book, to be titled “Naturally Yours: Poems and short stories about Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs,” will be donated to give school children more access to state parks.
“My husband and I visited seven state parks last summer and with every visit, it made me want to do a book about the parks even more,” said Savage. “I wanted to capture the parks in all their glory, not just through my eyes, but through the eyes of those who appreciate the tranquility and wonder of the parks as much as I do.”
This will be Savage’s sixth book celebrating nature. All but one of them were published to benefit charities that help wildlife and nature. The Anderson native grew up going camping with her family at different Indiana state parks.
“My childhood was so much fun because of those experiences at the parks,” said Savage, 38. “The parks gave me so much and the book is one way of giving back to the parks. Now, more children will be able to experience the excitement and joy that a state park can bring, as I did in my childhood.”
One of Savage’s previous publications was “Poetic Nature in the Hoosierland,” an anthology of poems about nature by Indiana poets, with Angie Manuel. Manuel was an interpretive naturalist at Mounds State Park at the time. Proceeds from the book went to Mounds State Park.
Gerstorff, who in April won the poetry contest Savage and Mounds State Park sponsored, has a similar longstanding love of the parks.