• National Poetry Month Events

    Attend free, festive cultural events – and make time to rhyme at home with young children – to celebrate National Poetry Month. Susan Auberle, the 2017-19 Door County poet laureate, will join with newly named Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal to participate in the Home-Grown Poetry series, created by Door County Library and Write On, Door […]

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate to Read at Dickinson Series

    The opening of the 2019-20 Emily Dickinson Poetry Series – to be held April 10, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim – will feature Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga. She will read from her latest book, Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems, and talk about her inspiration and poetic process. Rozga has published four books of […]

  • Poetry Lab on April 5

    Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating your own poem at Art/Speaks, a writing lab in which participants will compose a poetic work in response to a visual-art piece. Write On, Door County ( will present this on-going, free program on April 5, 11 am – 12 pm, at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. 2nd […]

  • Finding Spring at the Meadows Gallery

    The Meadows Gallery is showing A First Taste of Spring — an exhibit of flower and landscape photographs by Dottie Diggs — in conjunction with its poetry show, Water Ways. Both will be on display until April 26. The photos explore scenes in Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France; Door County; Milwaukee’s botanical domes; and more. Diggs’ […]

  • Art of Social Engagement

    by Estella Lauter The current exhibit at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery – Protest! Bearing Witness, Seeking Justice – is extraordinary in several ways. Works in traditional media – a painting by DarRen Morris, a wood relief by Roger Benedict, three textile wall hangings and a bank of poems – are the exceptions rather than the rule. […]

  • Write On Conference on Getting Published

    Write On, Door County has launched a new, two-day conference to help aspiring writers get their work into print. Award-winning authors, editors, publishers and agents will be among the many presenters at the Writing on the Door: Paths to Publication Conference, April 12-13. “Writing is hard, but getting published is even harder,” said Write On, […]

  • ‘Water Ways’ at Meadows Gallery

    Water Ways, on display until April 26 at the Meadows Art Gallery, is the annual exhibition of the written art of Door County poets. Eighteen artists will show written art – and some visual art – that has been inspired by the impact of water on our lives. Scandia will host a tea and reading on April […]

  • The Peninsula’s Poetry

    curated by the Door County Poets Collective This month’s poetry selections come from Judy Roy, a Milwaukee native who has lived in Wisconsin for nearly all her life. Since her retirement from teaching French and psychology in Marshfield, Wisconsin, she has lived in Baileys Harbor. Roy wrote her first poem in elementary school and has […]

  • Announcing the 2019 Hal Prize Judges

    The Peninsula Pulse newspaper is pleased to announce the judges of the 2019 Hal Prize contest in poetry, prose and photography. They are photographer Tytia Habing; author, educator and artist Thomas Pecore Weso; poet Ira Sukrungruang; and novelist Cynthia Swanson. Conducted annually since 1998, the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize seeks to encourage and honor artistic […]

  • Door County Reads Events

    All events are free and open to the public. Friday, Feb. 8• Writing Workshop: Food Traditions, 1-4 pmWrite On, Door County, 4177 Juddville Road, Fish CreekThis workshop, led by Kathleen Ernst, will help participants recall, record and celebrate food traditions from their family or community. It will include several writing activities designed to help capture […]

  • Getting to Know Our Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga

    Lifelong Wisconsin resident Margaret “Peggy” Rozga has been named the Wisconsin poet laureate for 2019-20. Rozga, who lives in Milwaukee, is a professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha who teaches a poetry workshop for Continuing Education at what is now the UWM-Waukesha campus. As an educator, avid reader and researcher, parent and […]

  • Find Your Path to Publication

    Write On, Door County to host conference for authors, editors, publishers Write On, Door County presents a two-day conference for aspiring writers who want to learn more about how to get their work into print. The Writing on the Door: Paths to Publication Conference takes place April 12-13 in Egg Harbor. Award-winning authors, editors, publishers […]

  • Write On Offers Free Workshops to Inspire a Love of Writing

    Write On, Door County presents a variety of special offerings to inspire people of all ages to discover — and fall in love with — writing. Sessions include a program on writing about food traditions and a one-day mini-conference on writing about the natural world. On Feb. 8, Kathleen Ernst will lead “Food Traditions: Remembering […]

  • Ski for Free and More at Crossroads

    On Feb. 8, 2 pm, a screening of the documentary All Washed Up in the Collins Learning Center of Crossroads at Big Creek will examine how a couple of small, invasive mussels exacerbated our cladophora problem. Ski for Free will be offered Feb. 9 and 10, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. The program lends, free […]

  • Roger Kuhns and ‘Words on Water’ at DCA

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is hosting Winter Water Fest through Feb. 2, a weekend of activities inspired by this year’s Celebrate Water Door County initiative. Roger Kuhns will deliver this week’s Door County Talks presentation on Feb. 2, 10 am, in DCA’s Fireside Lobby. He will discuss water, the risks it faces and ways to […]

  • The Peninsula’s Poetry

    Curated by the Door County Poets Collective Beginning in January 2019 and continuing in the first week of each month, the Door County Poets Collective will send poems for publication in these pages. The collective is a 12-member working group that was formed to publish Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015). For this […]

  • American Life in Poetry

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate I’ve had my eye on Americans’ obsessions for more than 70 years, and I can’t remember a time when public lying got as much attention as it does today. Attention yes, but consequences, no. I recently happened upon this clever poem about lying by Judith Askew. It’s from her […]

  • 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. […]