• Where We Write: Authors on Where they Find Inspiration

    Ben Franklin did it in the bathtub. Toni Morrison in a motel room. Stephen King on a table between the washer and dryer. Where authors go to access their creativity often begins with their physical space. Whether it’s a bustling coffee shop or a secluded study, the end game for writers is the same: to […]

  • Questions & Authors: JoAnn Balingit

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County JoAnn Balingit, a former poet laureate of Delaware, will be in residence at Write On the week of Sept. 15. She is the author of the full-length collection Words for House Story and several chapbooks. I recently talked with her about her writing and her career. […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Thomas Davis

    Thomas Davis as an educator, environmentalist and writer. He works in many genres – fiction, playwriting and poetry – and in August was recognized in the Wisconsin People & Ideas annual writing contest with an honorable mention for his poem “Gaia’s Song.”  Davis’s latest work is In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams, a historical novel […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Marilyn Taylor

    Marilyn Taylor will be the featured poet at the Sept. 11, 7 pm, Dickinson Poetry Series event held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in north Ephraim. Taylor, a former Wisconsin poet laureate, is the author of six poetry collections, and her work has appeared in Poetry, Able Muse and Measure […]

  • Door County Poets Receive Honorable Mentions in Statewide Poetry Contest

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy, announced the 2019 winners of its statewide fiction and poetry contests.  Fiction winners were Exile by Steve Fox, first place; Spirit Box by Nikki Kallio, second place; and Mirror Box by Michael Hopkins, third place. Poetry winners were “Greyhound” by Robert Russell, first place; […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: ‘Praise for Dark Things Too’

    curated by the Door County Poets Collective Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who fell in love with Door County in 1984 and made it her home in 2008. She has a number of poetry collections, four of which include collaborations with other poets. Her latest book is a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist […]

  • POETRY: ¿Quién eres? Who are you?

    In the fall of 2018, Write On led a multi-week writing program for Latinx students at Sturgeon Bay High School. The program was to culminate on Nov. 12 with a workshop and reading with Write On’s writer-in-residence, Eloisa Gomez, but the students were inspired and wanted to continue meeting and writing after Gomez left. Teachers […]

  • PENINSULA POETRY: Estella Lauter’s ‘Incubator’

    Lauter was appointed poet laureate of Door County for 2013-15, during which time she founded the Door County Poets Collective to publish an anthology, Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015). With Francha Barnard, she co-edited the 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar for WFOP on the theme of water.  Since her retirement from the University […]

  • Garland Featured in Dickinson Poetry Series

    Max Garland, the 2013-14 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, will be the featured poet at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on July 10, 7 pm. He will read some of his own work and discuss Walt Whitman’s bicentennial birthday. Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It and […]

  • Q&A with the 2019 Hal Prize Judges

    We had the opportunity to talk with the 2019 judges for the Hal Prize in Literature and Photography – Tytia Habing (photography), Cynthia Swanson (fiction), Ira Sukrungruang (poetry) and Thomas Pecore Weso (nonfiction) – about their art. Peninsula Pulse (PP): When did you know you wanted to be a writer or photographer? Cynthia Swanson (CS): I […]

  • Peninsula Poetry

    Henry Timm is an actor, director, poet, playwright and publisher who is well known to Peninsula Pulse readers, having written articles about books, local theater and literary events. He and Nancy Rafal published N.E.W. Voices: A Literary Magazine in 2011-12. In 2014, Timm directed the world premiere of the English-language version of Policy, a play […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series

    Thomas and Ethel Mortenson Davis will be the featured poets at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on May 8, 7 pm. An open mic will follow. Thomas has had six books published, including two epic poems, The Weirding Storm and An American Spirit. He will primarily present sonnets from his novel […]

  • Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal Is Coming to a Library Near You

    Even though she won a gold star for it, Nancy Rafal discounts the poem she wrote about the wind in sixth grade. “Awful poem,” she said. “I should say it was in a two-room school, so it didn’t take much to get a gold star.” It would be many years before the Milwaukee native would […]

  • Hal Prize Deadline Is May 1

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2019 Hal Prize. Awarded annually since 1998, the mission of the Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression in various literary forms and photography. The competition offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 18,000. Prizes include cash awards of up to […]

  • Peninsula Poetry

    Our April Peninsula Poetry author is June Nirschl of Baileys Harbor. What strikes her poetic fancy are the ironies and contradictions in life. In looking back over a lifetime (always in Wisconsin), she is amazed by the stories each of us has carved out. Chasing variety accounts in part for her leaving secondary education post-motherhood […]

  • 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. […]