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The latest news in the literature scene in Door County along with reviews, creative writing and news about The Hal Prize.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 337

    South Dakota poet Leo Dangel has written some of the best and truest poems about rural life that I’m aware of. Here’s a fine one about a chance discovery.

  • Praise the Undaunted

    How the trees inform us, / how they stand, how they stand! / How they celebrate the wind, / divide the sky, grab each / a share of earth for sustenance.

  • Poetry Judge and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Releases New Book

    Wisconsin Poet Laureate, and this year’s Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Grutzermacher’s Writers’ Expose Poetry Judge, Bruce Dethlefsen will soon release his new book, Unexpected Shiny Things.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 336

    This week’s column is by Ladan Osman, who is originally from Somalia but who now lives in Chicago. I like “Tonight” for the way it looks with clear eyes at one of the rough edges of American life, then greets us with a hopeful wave.

  • Morning Prayer

    watering nasturtiums / I find a long / spider’s tether line / strung stalk to stalk

  • September

    the children / have made / a zucchini offering / in the shade

  • A History of Wisconsin Gardens

    As Wisconsin’s population moved from farmsteads into villages, towns, and cities, the state saw a growing interest in gardening as a leisure activity and source of civic pride.

  • “Wisconsin People & Ideas” and the Wisconsin Book Festival Host Writing Contests

    Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best poetry and fiction from around the state, and now it’s the public’s chance to become a part of Wisconsin’s new literary canon.

  • Door County Poet Laureate Presents “The Poet’s Bag of Tricks”

    Barbara Larsen, recently appointed Door County Poet Laureate by the County Board, is charged with serving as Door County’s “literary ambassador.” Her initial appearance in this role will take place on September 28 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Red Cup Café on Washington Island.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 334

    Those of us who have gone back home to attend a reunion of classmates may have felt the strangeness of being a vaguely familiar person among others who, too, seem vaguely familiar.

  • I married you for happiness

    The starting point for I married you for happiness is Nina’s calls for her husband Philip to come to dinner, only to realize that he is not going to awaken from his nap. Her first decision is that she will not give her adult daughter the sad news until morning, and her second is that she will spend one last night with her husband before she notifies anyone.

  • “Shooting Star”

    Would the boy be full of excitement, grinning from ear to ear? Or nervous about leaving his mother and his comfortable home for their four-day journey? Ronnie was a funny kid.

  • Door County Author Releases “Star Shooting”

    Local author David K. Dodd has released Star Shooting, a true-to-life novel that spotlights the promising young life of Ronnie Cousins. Set in the fictional small town of Humble, Kansas, the story of a popular all-American kid unfolds and reveals how his bright future changes with one surprisingly out-of-character crime.

  • Book Signing and Sidewalk Sale at Novel Ideas

    Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor will host a book signing on September 17 during Autumn Fest. Door County author Gregg Powell and Fish Creek native illustrator Corinne Lea will be signing their new children’s book Goobadabers.

  • Verse Wisconsin Calls for Submissions: “Mask and Monologue”

    For spring 2012, Verse Wisconsin online will present “Mask or Monologue.” Whether it’s a dialogue between self and soul or Harry and Sally, a poem about a historical figure, fictional character, or inanimate objects suddenly animate, Verse Wisconsin is interested in the masks poets don and the ones they strip off.

  • Paul McComas Presents at “Confessions of a Fiction Writer” at Door County UUF

    The Emerson Series will return to the UUF in Ephraim, featuring an evening of monologues and music titled “The Lying Game: Confessions of a Fiction Writer” with Paul McComas on September 16 at 7 pm.

  • Words and Images Featured in Dickinson Series

    A multi-media show by Edward DiMaio will be featured at the monthly Dickinson Poetry Series on September 14 at 7 pm. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) in Ephraim.

  • Opportunity for Wisconsin Poets

    Building on the success and popularity of the first “Verse and Vision” exhibition, Gallery Q in Stevens Point invites Wisconsin poets to submit original poems for consideration as part of a second collaborative exhibition of art and poetry.

  • Golf

    I have taken up the game of golf out of self-defense. In America not playing golf is a bit like not contributing to the United Way or something equally antisocial.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 333

    Here is a lovely poem by Robert Cording, a poet who lives in Connecticut, which shows us a fresh new way of looking at something commonplace. That’s the kind of valuable service a poet can provide.