Category: Literature

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

  • 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.

  • Door County’s Young Readers Vote

    T.J. Walker Middle School students were among the nearly 27,000 young readers of Wisconsin who have selected their favorite books for the state’s 2009 Golden Archer Award.

  • April

    April, last boil, a cold day. Done by mid-afternoon. Four boils for the year, about average. In an age, some would say a psychosis, of global warming where all indicators are ominous; it is nice to have a normal pattern to weather, a cold spring, maple sap.

  • Aunt Eunice Comes to Town

    You can’t even begin to imagine the intense anxiety my mother and I felt when a telegram arrived while we were eating supper. We’d never received a telegram before, ever.

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  • Existentialist Drywallers, Rejection, and Fatherhood with Michael Perry

    In his first book, Population 485, author Michael Perry seemed to jump into the life of anyone remotely touched by the world of the volunteer firefighter or first responder. The bestselling author, musician, and humorist is back this month with his fourth book, Coop: A Year of Pigs, Poultry, and Parenting, and he’s coming to […]

  • The Cosy Transformation from Bustle to Nestle

    Door County in autumn smells like freshly brewed coffee tickled by the sweet bay breeze. Adorned by a cozy scarf and cotton knit poncho, I sit at a coffee shop and enjoy the comforting bliss of the nonchalant after-season, the post Labor Day sigh, the oncoming off-season for renewal and refreshment. Sitting outside, the cedar […]