[Editor’s Note: The following schedule was compiled from information available at press time. All programs are subject to change. Stay abreast of these events and others in conjunction with National Poetry Month by checking the Peninsula Pulse Web site:]

• April 1 – Wednesday

Brillig Day at Novel Ideas in Baileys Harbor! Open mic. Poets and listeners are invited to gyre and gimble with all possible April Foolish poetry, including old favorites and new nonsense. Join the search for clean limericks that are still funny along with general poetical tomfoolery to launch National Poetry month in Door County.

Novel Ideas, Baileys Harbor, 3:30 pm.

• April 4 – Saturday

Special Guest: Karla Huston. Guest reader, Karla Huston, will appear to launch the annual April Saturday Poetry series at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library. Huston is the Winner of the 2003 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest, is the author of Flight Patterns (Main Street Rag Press, 2003), Virgins on the Rocks (Parallel Press, an imprint of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, 2004) and Catch and Release (Marsh River Editions, 2005).

Also, The Winner’s Circle. All recent Door County poets who have won awards over the past year are invited to read their prize-winning work.

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 11:30 am

• April 8 – Wednesday

The Universalist Unitarian Fellowship inaugurates its monthly poetry series of Door County Poets with Henry Timm reading new and recent narrative poems. Open mic included.

UU Fellowship Hall, Ephraim, 7 pm

• April 11 – Saturday

Books in Print and Process: Celebrating NEW BOOKS published by local poets this past year. Estella Lauter reads from The Essential Rudder; Sharon Auberle reads from Saturday Nights at the Crystal Ball and Barbara Larsen reads from her work in progress. As us our custom, readers with published books will present a copy to the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Branch of the Door County Library system.

Open mic to follow.

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 11:30 am

• April 18 – Saturday

Kooser’s American Life. Responding to former national Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s poetry column now appearing in the Peninsula Pulse, local poets will read from Kooser’s work and from their own. An open mic will fill out the morning.

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 11:30 am

• April 21 – Tuesday

Remembering the Holocaust. On this day of remembrance, Judy Roy and Henry Timm will read poems remembering the Holocaust. Local poets are encourage to write new poems about the event and share them at this reading.

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 6:30 pm

• April 23 – Thursday

Sharon Auberle, Ralph Murre & Charles Sully read in an old-fashioned coffee house atmosphere in Sister Bay. San Francisco, Boston and Greenwich Village are alive and well at The Base Camp.

Base Camp Coffee Bar, Sister Bay, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

• April 24-25 – Friday & Saturday

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets holds their annual Spring Conference Friday and Saturday, April 24 – 25, 2009 at the Olympia Hotel Resort & Spa in Oconomowoc. For more information call 262.369.4570 or 800.558.9573 or visit

Olympia Hotel Resort & Spa, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.