Category: Literature News

Door County writing classes, poetry readings, author appearances, meetups and more. Experience the rich literature community of the Door in inspiring settings.

  • Celebrating Local Librarians

    April 16 is National Librarian Day. Let’s give a big shout-out and thank-you to the branch managers of the Door County Library system’s eight branches – and their hardworking teams – for their continued service to our community.

  • Door County Libraries Keep It Creative

    Door County Library saw a surge in use as librarians at the eight local branches found creative ways to meet patrons’ needs during a COVID-19-challenged year.

  • Door County Writes: ‘The Clearing’

    Poetry by Richard Peter The Clearing’s prismfans the flamesof thought rainbowsnever imagined. A kaleidoscope opensholding infinite shadesof fanciful pastelsand reality solids. Hues of dew anoint leaving the seekercentered in spiritgrounded in nature. Richard Peter has enjoyed creating poetic dreamscapes and committing emotion to poetry since 1960. His ties to Door County include yearly camping trips and […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Progeny’

    Poetry by Cynthia Todd Quam My bow is lost; my quiver is empty; My arrows are loosed to steel town and mountain, to far away Asian peninsula, to cul-de-sac suburbia, the arc of their leaving imprinted on the notches in my fingertips, in the parcel of colored feathers I saved but never did let fly. […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘A Priceless Gift’

    Story by Louise Endres Moore Certain gifts are valued beyond their price; very few are “priceless.” During Christmas ’44 of World War II, the 35th Infantry Division passed through Metz, France. Fifty-seven years later, I used an address from the back page of a tiny military booklet to find a soldier – a beloved friend of […]

  • Thomas Jordan Offers Free Digital Book Of B&W Photography

    During his time during the COVID-19 quarantine, Thomas Jordan created a new book that not only features his black-and-white (b&w) photography, but also shares his feelings about the medium and its impact. To receive a free digital copy of the work, email Jordan at [email protected]

  • April Reading Recommendations

    You Matter by Christian RobinsonRecommended by Novel Bay bookseller Karlie Martens, a children’s and young-adult book specialist All children deserve to know that they are important and loved. You Matter is a beautiful book that does just that. Fun, child-friendly illustrations partner with simple, clear words to affirm that no matter how little you are […]

  • New Titles at Novel Bay Booksellers

    Looking for something new to read? Glean some inspiration from these recent additions to the shelves at Novel Bay Booksellers (, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay YOUNG ADULT (YA) Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley This highly anticipated and groundbreaking YA thriller is about a Native American teenager who must root out the corruption […]

  • Coming Up at Write On: Writing diversity, author readings and a poetry conference

    April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10-11:30 amWriting Life Stories Join other writers in this informal class focused on recording stories. We’ll experiment with fun writing prompts to help generate new material and inspire you to keep going. Presented by Robin Sauerwein. The tuition is $60, with a 10% discount for Write On members. April […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Poet Larry Eriksson has fun with language

    Larry J. Eriksson is a writer and poet who splits his time between Madison and Ellison Bay with his wife, Karen. He’s a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) and has been a featured reader in the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County several times since the series […]

  • Patricia Skalka Releases 6th Installment in Dave Cubiak Series

    The sixth installment in author Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, Death Washes Ashore, will be released April 20. In it, Sheriff Dave Cubiak heads out into the aftermath of a brutal storm on the peninsula to assess the damage and check in with folks to offer help. His assistant calls about a […]

  • Mike Orlock Appointed New Door County Poet Laureate

    Sturgeon Bay poet Mike Orlock was appointed Door County’s new poet laureate during the March 23 meeting of the Door County Board of Supervisors. His tenure will run April 1 – the start of National Poetry Month – through March 31, 2023. He succeeds Nancy Rafal of Baileys Harbor as the county’s seventh poet laureate. Orlock […]

  • Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library Receives TEACH Grant Funds

    The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library is among 141 Wisconsin libraries and school districts that will receive nearly $3 million in 2021 TEchnology for Educational ACHievement (TEACH) information technology infrastructure grants. “It is critically important that Wisconsinites across the state have access to high-quality educational resources,” said Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan. “Many rural libraries […]

  • DIY Painted Book Edges

    In addition to being an avid reader, I’m also an amateur book collector, slowly growing my library. Because of this, when I go shopping for books, I’m looking not only for the titles I want, but also for specific editions that have visual features that I want to add to my library: French flaps, deckled […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Ma’s Mink’

    by Jami Hanreddy This is actually my mother’s story, not mine, so the details are slightly blurred. Kind of like looking at kelp in a pool as the tide surges in and out. But it was a transfiguring moment in my mother’s young life, shaping her future intimacies for all of time. And thus, perhaps, […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Dropping In’

    by Canyon Burgard, Grade 8, Gibraltar Area Schools Top of the rampFeels so dampThe cloud did rainI will not complain Thoughts tanglingBoard danglingBreeze, suspenseI fall, I have defenseAt least I have common senseTo bring me back to my present tense If I fall I will be fineIf notPop my bloodline I feel like I should […]

  • Mike Orlock Appointed as New Door County Poet Laureate

    Write On, Door County is pleased to announce that Sturgeon Bay poet Mike Orlock has been appointed Door County Poet Laureate. The appointment was made at the March 23 meeting of the Door County Board of Supervisors. Orlock will begin his tenure on April 1, 2021, the start of National Poetry Month, and will serve […]

  • Miss Door County Outstanding Teen Reads to Younger Students

    For Read Across America Day, Miss Door County Outstanding Teen, Kaylee Griep, gave virtual presentations to Southern Door second-, third- and fourth-graders. Griep, a Southern Door junior, read the younger students one of her favorite books, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell and illustrated by David Catrow. Using a balloon as a […]

  • Comping Up at Write On: Play Writing Series, Writing Diversity and a Virtual Poetry Conference

    April 1, 8 and 15, 6:30-8 pm Craft of Writing Series: Plays Join playwrights Jenny Magnus and Dana L. Stringer for three weekly Zoom talks on the craft of writing plays. The cost is $150 for three sessions, with a 10% discount for Write On members. Scholarships are available. April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10-11:30 […]

  • Coming Up at Write On: March 19, 2021

    March 20, 1 pmRenegotiating North Poet and McKnight Artist Fellow Jacob Lindberg discusses poems that challenge racial stereotypes to prompt writers to renegotiate what it means to be from the Upper Midwest. Free, but registration is required. March 25, 7 pmCo-writing Memoirs Write On, HenschelHAUS Publishing and the Wisconsin Writers Association will present a panel […]