Category: Literature News

Door County writing classes, poetry readings, author appearances, meetups and more. Experience the rich literature community of the Door in inspiring settings.

  • Write On Names New Executive Director

    Door County’s home for storytellers has a new executive director. Write On, Door County has selected Al DeGenova to lead the organization during the next phase of its evolution.  DeGenova is a writer, poet, teacher and marketing professional from the Chicago area. He has written four books, founded After Hours Press and is a co-editor […]

  • Mystery Novel Focuses on Belgian History

    Rebecca Derenne of the Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels will lead the next meeting of the UntitledTown PageTurners Book Club on Sept. 22, 6 pm, at St. Norbert College’s Mulva Library in De Pere. The group will discuss The Lace Maker’s Secret by Kathleen Ernst. Greed, uncertainty and death become entangled in the mystery of […]

  • Lisa Vihos Book Reading and Signing

    Author Lisa Vihos will read from her novel, The Lone Snake: The Story of Sofonisba Anguissola; answer readers’ questions; and sign books Sept. 17, 1-2 pm, at Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St. in Algoma. In The Lone Snake, Vihos brings Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola to life as a woman who’s yearning for recognition in a […]

  • Local Author Receives Gold from Military Writers Society

    Each year, the Military Writers Society of America recognizes noteworthy authors and their works nationwide, and this year, local author Annette Langlois Grunseth earned a gold medal in the Memoir/Biography category for her book Combat and Campus: Writing through War. The work combines correspondence from Grunseth’s older brother, Sgt. Peter Langlois, during the Vietnam War […]

  • Book Recommendations: Children’s Banned or Challenged Books

    Recommended by Barb Husch, Branch Manager, Forestville Library During Banned Books Week, Sept. 18-24, we often review lists that include books that have been challenged or banned over the years. Children’s books are not immune to being challenged or banned, so I’m recommending a couple that are sometimes found on various lists. Walter the Farting […]

  • Culture Club: Crossings and Crossroads

    Washington Island Literary Festival celebrates 10 years of reading and writing by ELIZABETH SACHS, Festival Committee Member Heading to Washington Island in 2014 for my first experience of the literary festival I’d heard raves about, I caught the mystical, 10 pm “late boat” at Northport. I’d driven straight through from Buffalo, New York, and was […]

  • Last Call for Hal Prize Submissions

    The Hal Prize is still accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography at The submission deadline is Sept. 16. Why submit your creative work to the Hal Prize? We’ll let some previous entrants tell you their reasons why. Below are some of the answers we received to our 2020-21 Hal Prize feedback-survey question, […]

  • Questions & Authors: Adrian Matejka, Hal Prize Poetry Judge

    Adrian Matejka grew up in Indianapolis and is the author of seven books, with a graphic novel coming out in 2023. His poetry collection The Big Smoke earned the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are fellowships from the Academy […]

  • Tickets Available for Write On Gala

    Carrie Fountain Featured at Fall Gala  Take a journey into the Poem Forest at Write On’s fall gala Sept. 29 on the grounds of the Writing Center. The gala features keynote speaker Carrie Fountain, in a celebration of where words meet nature and old friends unite with new.  Get your tickets before they’re gone for […]

  • Author Collective at Yardstick Books

    Yardstick Books is welcoming six members of the Door County Published Authors Collective as part of the First Friday event in Algoma on Sept. 2, 5-8 pm. The authors will be at the store, 317 Steele St. in Algoma, to discuss and sign their books. The collective – which organized in 2020 under the Write On, […]

  • Poetry Series Showcases Former State Poet Laureate

    Marilyn L. Taylor, a former poet laureate of both Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, will be the next featured poet in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on Sept. 14, 7 pm. Taylor, currently of Madison, has authored eight collections of poetry, and her new collection, Outside the Frame: […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Melissa’ by Alex Gino

    Recommended by DOMINIC FRANDRUP, Director, Door County Library Written by Alex Gino, originally published with the title George in 2015 and republished with the title Melissa in 2022, this was the most banned book in America in 2020. Retitling a book after publication is a rare occurrence and was done by the author as a […]

  • Hal Prize Submission Deadline Is Sept. 16

    Meet our judges, and learn what they look for in short stories, nonfiction, poetry and photography Now is the time to gather up your creative work because the Sept. 16 submission deadline for the 25th Hal Prize is almost upon us. We’re accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography, and the winning works will […]

  • ‘8142 Review’ Now Available Locally

    The 8142 Review is a literary journal that contains the winning submissions to the annual Hal Prize: the Peninsula Pulse’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography contest, held in partnership with Write On, Door County and Peninsula School of Art.  From 874 contest submissions, a panel of judges selected the top four works in each genre […]

  • Don’t Be a Writer Who Isn’t Read

    Test your development and gain experience by entering the Hal Prize There was a time in my life when I had no doubt what I would “be” when I grew up. I majored in English as an undergrad, went on for an M.F.A. in creative writing. I spent a good decade of my life mostly […]

  • Explore The Great Lakes Through Books

    The Great Lakes/Great Books discussion group is back this fall to explore books with a Great Lakes focus.  This season’s selected books are Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes by William Rapai for September; Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North by Sarah Stonich for […]

  • Artist Signs Fine-Art Children’s Book

    Award-winning artist David F. Starr will sign copies of his new book, Baby Animal Scientists: A to Z, at a book launch Aug. 27, 1-4 pm, at Steele Street Trading Company and Gallery. Starr – raised in Algoma and now based in Southern California – will have 10 posters to give away to the first […]

  • Carrie Fountain Gives Voice to the Voiceless

    Poet and author Carrie Fountain to speak at Write On, Door County Gala “Writing gives voice to the voiceless things around us, and the environment is one of those things.” — Carrie Fountain, poet and author It’s a tricky summer in Austin, Texas, said poet and author Carrie Fountain, speaking by phone last week. This […]

  • Questions & Authors: Toya Wolfe

    This year, the Washington Island Literary Festival is celebrating 10 years of bringing award-winning and acclaimed writers to Door County. The five presenting authors – Cara Black, Andrew Graff, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Michael Torres and Toya Wolfe – will host talks and workshops surrounding the 2022 theme, “Crossroads.” The festival will begin with a free community creative […]

  • Storytelling with Writer John DeDakis

    Award-winning writer John DeDakis will offer a weeklong class in September to help writers drill deep into the finer points of storytelling.  Participants will learn how to overcome writer’s block and gain the skills, confidence and strategies to take their writing to a professional level through a series of workshops at Write On, Door County’s […]