Category: Literature

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

  • The Same But Different

    Union Station was congested with trains when I finally returned to Chicago for good. In many ways, the three years I had been away seemed like a lifetime.

  • Fringillidae

    Spring is a wholly owned subsidiary, surprising how many people don’t know this about spring. That it is owned outright, indeed and in patent, by a well-heeled holding company.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 220

    One of the privileges of being U.S. Poet Laureate was to choose two poets each year to receive a $10,000 fellowship, funded by the Witter Bynner Foundation.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 219

    As we all know, getting older isn’t hard to do. Time continues on. In this poem, Deborah Warren of Massachusetts asks us to think about the life lived between our past and present selves, as indicated in the marginal comments of an old book.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 218

    American literature is rich with poems about the passage of time, and the inevitability of change, and how these affect us. Here is a poem by Kevin Griffith, who lives in Ohio, in which the years accelerate by their passing.

  • Calling All Writers and Photographers!

    The Peninsula Pulse is again calling for poetry, prose, and photography submissions for their annual Hal Grutzmacher Writers’ Exposé and Annual Photography Jubilee.

  • Door County Library Branches Honor World War II

    As part of World War II Week at the Door County Library, original photographs, personal mementos and artifacts of the war will be on display at the Sturgeon Bay location from Monday, June 8 through Saturday, June 13.

  • Dickinson Series Features Ellison Bay Poet

    Hanne Gault will present her unique and inspiring poetry at the next Unitarian Universalist Fellowship-sponsored Dickinson Poetry series June 10.
    Reflecting on her writing style Gault said, “When I read or hear poetry I am not thinking of the structure of the poem as much as I am of that indefinable something, be it beautiful, disturbing or humorous, that has moved or inspired me.

  • Door County’s Regional Mystery Writer – Gail Lukasik

    You feel like you’re there – the sensation you have when you enter is one of recognition, of familiarity. Or it can be the exhilaration of experiencing a place for the first time, the excitement of discovery.

  • Vagabond

    The smoldering butt dangled from her lips like the dripping tongue of a panting dog. From behind the smoke screen, and a beehive of blue hair, a gravelly voice uttered the words, “What’s your poison?”
    Now, I’m not expecting to be able to eat off the floor of this greasy spoon, but, hey, maybe the spoon.

  • 2 Poems

    3rd Generation Fire

    Grandpa was Chief,
    so was Dad.
    The first firetruck was parked in a bay under their hardware store.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 217

    American literature is rich with poems about the passage of time, and the inevitability of change, and how these affect us. Here is a poem by Kevin Griffith, who lives in Ohio, in which the years accelerate by their passing.

  • Battle-of-the-Books

    Take four middle school students, a 20-title booklist, months of preparation, a computer, and 25 very detailed questions. Reproduce that scenario 94 times around the state and you have Battle-of-the-Books, a statewide literary activity which climaxes during one week each February as teams huddle around a computer in their individual schools to test their knowledge of the plots, characters, and settings of the books on that year’s list.

  • Lukasik Releases New Mystery, “Death’s Door”

    Gail Lukasik, author of the Door County mystery novel Destroying Angels, has recently released her second book in the series, Death’s Door.

  • Then Picasso Looked At Me and Said…

    I boarded the boat Amsterdam to Le Havre, France at New York City port 79. I was introduced to a group of other students from the French department of Southwestern at Memphis.

  • Husbands and Wives

    1. Hannah

    Hanner Hart, Hanner Hart, they all called me.
    The problem with husbands is, they don’t last!
    After Ed died, I was on my own for 45 years,
    And it was hard times for Hanner Hart.

  • A Guy Recipe

    It is a perfect conundrum, and to suggest here is a problem that cannot be solved, if it can, the solution is worse. Nice word is conundrum, it even sounds like a conundrum should, doleful at the last syllable.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 216

    Judy Loest lives in Knoxville and, like many fine Appalachian writers, her poems have a welcoming conversational style, rooted in that region’s storytelling tradition. How gracefully she sweeps us into the landscape and the scene!

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 215

    To commemorate Mother’s Day, here’s a lovely poem by David Wojahn of Virginia, remembering his mother after forty years.

    Walking to School, 1964

    Blurring the window, the snowflakes’ numb white lanterns.

  • Dickinson Series Features Baileys Harbor Poet

    Cynthia Johnson, a Door County poet, painter and photographer, will present her poetry during the second monthly Dickinson Series on May 14 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), Ephraim.