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Featured Poet: Katie Schnorr

Katie Schnorr lives on a farmstead in Southern Door County with her husband and two young daughters. She teaches in the Sturgeon Bay Public Schools and also writes for Door County Living magazine.

Schnorr graduated from Brown University, where she studied Comparative Literature and voice performance. She received her Master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University in Evanston, IL.

Her lifelong interest in poetry was reborn the year she stayed home and cared for her infant and four-year-old daughters. Writing was her way to connect with the adult world of words and ideas, and to transcend the sometimes-isolating experience of being a stay-at-home mother.

Since then, her poems have explored themes of self, relationships, faith, and the natural world.

“For me, writing poetry is a way to examine the beautiful and difficult moments in life in a way that is both intensely personal and also detached. Writing lets me dig deeper into the mysteries and contradictions of being human,” says Schnorr.

She was the first prize winner of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Exposé poetry contest in 2009.