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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.

  • When The Judge Said

    When the judge said, “Will the defendant please rise,” this morning, for some reason I thought of bread. But here in criminal court there aren’t too many sweet rolls, just tougher loaves ready for baking in ovens like correctional facilities at Redgranite or Waupun. Gray stones, iron gates, steels bars make strange stoves whose doors, […]

  • Lucille’s about ready to leave

    She’d be a hundred next month but won’t see it. Aides will miss her sense of humor on the East wing; something to look forward to after bathing and dressing grumpy Ed in 106 each day. She lightened up the daily routine. Such great spirit in that tiny wren’s body, it didn’t take much conversation […]

  • A Letter to My Daughter

    I remember pulling weeds in the garden for the first time, my mother standing over me making sure I didn’t accidentally pull out a tulip or one of the pansies, as if I couldn’t tell the difference between the jagged, dark green weeds – some of them with those prickers that stick in your skin […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 281

    Anton Chekhov, the master of the short story, was able to see whole worlds within the interactions of simple Russian peasants, and in this little poem by Leo Dangel, who grew up in rural South Dakota, something similar happens. One September Afternoon Home from town the two of them sit looking over what they have […]

  • After He Died

    “His mother finds comfort in knowing he got to fall in love before he died.” ~ NPR News The road, with its tall, yellow trees, is what saves her. Day after day, the woman walks it, believing that somewhere she’ll come to a place without pain. Along the way, she notices things: sunflowers and bronzed […]

  • Two Poems

    The Bed The bed was preposterous, the largest that Verlo had to offer: A pillow-topped king-sized mattress, individually coiled for maximum comfort with an extra layer of memory foam, over a box spring more intricately wired than the space shuttle. That’s what they were buying, he said: Space. Space to move in asleep. Space to […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 280

    Marilyn Kallet lives and teaches in Tennessee. Over the years I have read many poems about fireflies, but of all of them hers seems to offer the most and dearest peace.

  • Every Last One – A Review

    Anna Quindlen has a devoted following of readers, not only because of five best-selling novels, but also books of nonfiction, columns in both the New York Times and Newsweek, and movies based on her fiction.

  • Window Man

    A winter gale swept a cutting chill off Lake Michigan down Howard Street. Around the corner by the el station, a line had formed waiting patiently, huddled together against the boarded-up businesses.

  • Home Coming – A Novel – By Rosemary Hintz

    In the follow up to her first novel, Return to Sawyer School, Rosemary Hintz delivers yet another captivating novel about growing up during the war years of the 1940s in Home Coming.

  • Corn Legends

    Corn has its legends. Once were the Mayan and Aztec, once the Sauk, the Iroquois, the Huron, the Navajo; once was Hiawatha. In our age legendary corn is knee high by the Fourth, though it might have been wiser had that not been uttered.

  • The Beatles to be Replaced by Big Brother and the Holding Company

    Nearly two years ago, highly trained musical analysts from Berkeley technical school in Southern Indiana put into effect “Operation Big Brother.” I know what you’re thinking.

  • Dylan Thomas Reading Upcoming

    Prof. Gareth Lloyd Jones, emeritus professor at Bangor University, Wales, will read from the works of Dylan Thomas at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, July 28, at the Church of the Atonement, Fish Creek.

  • Hansotia Recognized with Jumpstart Award

    Phil Hansotia of Ellison Bay was a finalist in the 2010 Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award. He will receive $250 to create “poetry trails” (poems in display cases mounted on posts) in Newport State Park, a partnership between the Wallace, Unabridged and Word Women poetry groups with the Newport Wilderness Society, Newport State Park, and Sevastapol, […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 277

    Here’s hoping that very few of our readers have to go through cardiac rehab, which Thomas Reiter of New Jersey captures in this poem, but if they do, here’s hoping that they come through it feeling wildly alive and singing at the tops of their lungs.

  • Honest Men, Unprotected

    I wasn’t sure why the boots bothered me. They weren’t even mine. Basic brown steel toes. Nothing much to speak of, but there they were – laid out in the middle of the rig. I had to take them off of him around the same time my partner was putting the shock pads away. The […]

  • Friends’ Book Sale at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The Friends of Door County Library will be holding its 2010 Book Sale July 29 – 31. More than 10,000 books will be available for sale and will cost just $1 for a hard cover book and 25¢ for children’s books. Where else can such a great bargain be found? This sale is held in […]

  • Jacksonport Historical Series Continues with Volume Seven

    Volume Seven of Jacksonport Through the Generations is now available. This number in the Jacksonport Historical Society’s on-going series features stories about the Bley, Brungraber, Clark, Graf, Herbst, Kasten, Mueller, and Naumann families.

  • Book Signing by Door County Author

    Jerry Amos, author of the newly published novel, The Division, will appear at Sturgeon Bay’s Book World, 30 N. 3rd Avenue, on July 31 from 11 am – 2 pm.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 276

    I live in Nebraska, where we have a town named Homer. Such a humble, homely name and, as it happens, the poet Donal Heffernan is from Homer, and here’s his hymn to the town and its history.