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  • 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 […]

  • Washington Island Lit Fest Announces Author Slate

    The Washington Island Literary Festival Committee announced the festival’s 2018 slate of authors who reflect the festival’s theme of “Words on Water.” The 6th Annual Festival will be held Sept. 13-16 at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center and various locations throughout the island. “All of the authors invited to this year’s festival have made clean […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 688

    by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate   We honor the memory of the thousands who died in Vietnam, here’s a poem by Bruce Guernsey, who divides his time between Maine and Illinois, about Maya Lin’s memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall Someone has opened a giant map and with the tips of our fingers, each […]

  • Identity, Empowerment Celebrated at WRiTERS NiGHT

    Open Door Pride will host their first ever Pride Week June 19 – 23 in preparation for the second annual Open Door Pride Festival. One of the week’s events calls forth writers of any kind to share LGBTQ+-inspired material at the Holiday Music Hotel’s Tambourine Lounge. The Peninsula Pulse talked with Cathy Grier, one of […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 8, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond 3. Hillbilly […]

  • Write On Poetry and Prose Awards Open for Entries

    The Norbert Blei Award in Poetry and the new Washington Island Literary Festival Award in Flash Prose are now accepting entries. Poetry and works of fiction or nonfiction of 750 words or less are accepted through July 20, 2018. The theme for this year is water. Judging this year’s awards is writer Albert DeGenova. Administered […]

  • Poetry: Memorial Day

    by E. E. Lewis   With cherry blossoms in full display, and trillium in the woods at play, as on our drive I raise the red white and blue,   my memories unfurl with their flutters to a distant bugle and the calls it blew, and prompt my whistling of “To The Colors.”   Though […]

  • Poem: Nature

    Nature donald and david and dillon and dan went out in the woods to wander the land and donald dove down an old ravine over rough red rocks to a burbling stream; and dan loved the light that broke through the branches, its sudden sweetness that always enchants us; and david washed over a white […]

  • Poem: ‘ALONG THE WAY’ by Sharon Auberle

    Editor’s Note:  In honor of Door County’s rich literary and photography communities, the editorial staff at Door County Living decided to highlight both in this issue’s literature section. Following is a poem written by Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, inspired by a springtime image captured by our photography director Len Villano. ALONG THE WAY […]

  • Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Poetry Judge Leslie Adrienne Miller

    When Leslie Adrienne Miller was an undergraduate at Missouri’s Stephens College in the ‘70s, she met various poets and writers who visited the women’s-only college for readings and residencies. Among them were Margaret Atwood and Adrienne Rich. It was a special time in Miller’s life. A budding poet, hearing those women share relatable poems and […]

  • Potluck, Readings Part of Poetry Month Celebration

    April is National Poetry Month and Write On, Door County offers two special events to celebrate poetry from around the world and to meet others who appreciate poetry. Both events are free and open to the public. In partnership with Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, a Poetry Potluck is planned for April 20, 6 […]

  • 2018 Hal Prize Judges Announced

    The Peninsula Pulse newspaper is pleased to announce the judges of the 2018 Hal Prize poetry, prose and photography contest. They are:  award-winning Wisconsin photographer Carl Corey, Minneapolis poet Leslie Adrienne Miller, Minnesota novelist Peter Geye, and nonfiction writer José Rodríguez. Conducted annually since 1998, the mission of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize is to […]