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  • Margaret Rozga Named 2019-20 Wisconsin Poet Laureate

    The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has selected Margaret “Peggy” Rozga of Milwaukee to serve as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2019-20. The state’s poet laureate plays a crucial role in keeping the arts accessible and vital to all age groups, and the individual acts as a statewide emissary for poetry and creativity. “Peggy Rozga is […]

  • Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contest

    Send fiction and poetry to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests, hosted by Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading at the […]

  • Introducing the Peninsula’s Poetry

    Curated by the Door County Poets Collective The Door County Poets Collective is working with the Peninsula Pulse to present poetry to readers on an ongoing basis in a monthly column. For the first issue of every month, the Door County Poets Collective will select a poem to feature in the pages of the Pulse. […]

  • Announcing the 2019 Hal Prize Contest

    The Peninsula Pulse newspaper proudly presents the 2019 Hal Prize. Conducted annually since 1998, the mission of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression through various literary forms and photography. The contest has showcased works from individuals of all ages and backgrounds — novice writers and photographers to professionals. The […]

  • Poetry Lessons: A dinner and reading with United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

    Earlier this year, after the big April snowstorm and when the snow was beginning to melt, I came across a dead coyote atop a rock wall next to the highway. The image was striking, powerful, unsettling. I saw it for only a split second as I was driving by, but many questions came to mind: […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Jami Hanreddy

    Jami Hanreddy is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Dec. 12, 7 pm. Hanreddy first came to Door County in 1993 when she and her husband were invited by Fred Alley to come and hear what American Folklore Theater (now called Northern Sky) was all about.    Hanreddy had been […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 709

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate   Jim Daniels lives and teaches in Pittsburgh. I love this poem from Street Calligraphy, from Steel Toe Books, of Western Kentucky University, Daniels’ 17th book. A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair at the end of a day. What could feel […]

  • Call for Water-related Poems

    Write On, Door County is partnering with the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) to present “Words on Water” for the Fireside Coffeehouse Series. Presented annually as “Words on Fire,” the 2019 offering is part of the countywide celebration and discussion of water. “Words on Water” will be presented Feb. 2, 7 pm at DCA. Write On […]

  • Trio of Poets at October Reading

    Write On, Door County presents visiting poet Marianne Boruch in a reading with Green Bay poet Annette Langlois Grunseth, and Estella Lauter, former Poet Laureate of Door County, on Oct. 29, 7 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, Sturgeon Bay. The reading is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments are served. Poet and essayist Boruch is […]

  • An interview with Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

    In her second term as the United States Poet Laureate, Tracy Smith continues to travel the country in her mission to bring poetry to rural communities. She will make a stop in Door County on Oct. 11 with a reading at Southern Door Community Auditorium. Smith will read work from her latest book of poetry, […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 442

    by Ted Kooser   Tracy K. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems, Life on Mars, from which I’ve selected this week’s poem, which presents a payday in the way many of us at some time have experienced it.   The Good Life When some people talk about money They speak as […]

  • An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

    Join Write On, Door County for an evening with United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on Oct. 11. This evening features a reading by Smith as well as a discussion of her role as the United States Poet Laureate in promoting poetry in rural communities and poetry by rural residents. The free program is […]

  • U.S. Poet Laureate to Visit Door County in October

    Write On, Door County will bring U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Door County for a program with local students and a public reading on Oct. 11 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The ten living Wisconsin and Door County Poets Laureate have each announced they will attend the reading. Smith was appointed to […]

  • American Life in Poetry

    by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate   To celebrate the end of summer, here is a sonnet full of explosions by Maryann Corbett, who lives in Minnesota. It’s from her book Street View, published by Able Muse Press. State Fair Fireworks, Labor Day Look up: blazing chrysanthemums in rose shriek into bloom above the Tilt-a-Whirls, […]

  • Immigrant Song: In tribute to Sturnus Vulgaris

    by Mike Orlock Mike Orlock, of Sturgeon Bay, submitted this poem after reading Justin Isherwood’s “The Starling for Citizenship” in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pulse. Orlock wrote this poem a couple years ago and reading Isherwood brought it back to his mind.   Starling, drab darling, immigrant interloper to these woods, who would […]

  • Why A Poet Laureate?

    If you are lucky, you are stopped in your tracks, from time to time, by beauty. It happens often in Door County, as it’s almost routine to be arrested by something remarkable: a rainbow over a field of grain, waves splashing Cave Point, a boat sailing into the setting sun, a meadow of wildflowers dancing […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 698

    by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate   My mother’s best friend, Ruth Stickfort Kregel, was “Aunt Sticky” to my sister and me, and today I feel like telling you a little about this woman we loved. This poem is from my new book, Kindest Regards, published by Copper Canyon Press.   Post Office The wall […]

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston Leads Poetry Workshop

    Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston will lead a poetry workshop while in residence at Write On, Door County. “Memory Writes” is on Aug. 20 from 1 – 4 pm, at the Sister Bay Library. Tuition for the workshop is $45 and some scholarships are available. Whether your memories are real or revised, serious or silly, […]

  • Hal Prize for Poetry, 1st Place, Pareidolia

    Judge’s Comments “This lovely sestina inhabits the form with an unusual naturalness for such a demanding form. A quiet meditation on the nature of fear, ‘Pareidolia’ considers the role of the imagination in both feeding and calming human fear, in a skillful and compelling voice.” – Leslie Miller Pareidolia by Steve Tomasko “We find human […]

  • 2018 Hal Prize Poetry, Prose, and Photography Winners

    Many creative endeavors begin with bravery and hope. The Hal Prize is no different. For me, the contest always starts with the bravery and hope of submitters. It takes bravery for writers and photographers – both experienced and amateur – to offer up their work for critique and judgment. When you create something, you show […]