Announcing Inaugural Washington Island Literary Festival

“Writing Wisconsin: Facts and Fictions” is the theme for Washington Island’s debut literary festival, Oct. 4 – 6. Featured are novelist, memoirist and former Wisconsin Public Radio host Jean Feraca, and WPR’s “Chapter a Day” host Norman Gilliland. Mr. Gilliland, a familiar voice on WPR, is the author of four published books.

Other noted Wisconsin authors and poets who will read from and discuss their books are: Dale Kushner, The Conditions of Love; Bruce Dethlefson, Wisconsin State Poet Laureate 2011-12; Terese Allen, author/chef; Martha Egan, An Apricot Year; Richard Purinton, Thordarson and Rock Island; Ralph Murre and Sharon Auberle, Door County poets; Jerod Santek, Write On, Door County!; Laurie Scheer, educator at UW-Madison.

The events – readings, discussions, writer’s panel, open-mic poetry evening – will be of interest to anyone who loves books. The festival will take place at several Island venues, including the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Historic Island Dairy, Rock Island Boathouse, Red Cup Coffee House & Islandtime Books.

The registration fee is $75 ($90 after Sept. 15) and includes all events, coffee breaks, Saturday dinner and a Sunday morning trip to Rock Island. Interested participants are encouraged to reserve accommodations as soon as possible, as the weekend is during prime fall color viewing. For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Dixon ([email protected] or 920.847.2565), Mari Anderson ([email protected] or 920.847.2579), and Betsy Wallman ([email protected]).

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