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  • Peninsula Poetry: In Honor of Francha Barnard

    During October, the Door County Poets Collective is honoring the late poet Francha Barnard. Francha Barnard died close to her 76th birthday this year. She had retired to Baileys Harbor in 2005 after a lengthy career as a librarian in Sheboygan. Shortly after she arrived here, she joined the poetry community through workshops, becoming a […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Welcomes Milwaukee Poet

    Stephen Anderson, a Milwaukee poet and translator, will be the next featured poet in the Dickinson Poetry Series, set for Oct. 12, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim. Anderson’s work has appeared in Southwest Review, Latin American Literature Today, Verse Wisconsin, Foundling Review, Twist […]

  • New Poetry Collection by Karen Wilson

    Karen Wilson is no stranger to the Door County poetry scene, having participated in workshops and critique groups since 2003. She’s also been a featured poet in the Dickinson poetry series and the Peninsula Pulse, and she’s a founding member of the Door County Poets Collective.  Now Baileys Harbor publisher Sand Beach Press has released […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate to Perform at TAP

    Wisconsin poet laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton will make a special free appearance presented by Write On, Door County at Third Avenue Playworks on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7 pm. “This is a performance not to be missed,” said Jerod Santek, Write On’s artistic director. “Dasha connects with people on so many different levels. Her presentation is […]

  • America’s Greatest Unknown Poet: Lorine Niedecker

    Lorine Niedecker (1903-70), who has been called “America’s greatest unknown poet,” lived almost her entire life in Wisconsin. Many of her poems were inspired by the wildlife, the water and the people in and around her home on Blackhawk Island (which is not actually an island, but a flood-prone peninsula near Lake Koshkonong, southeast of […]

  • Laufer Up Next in Dickinson Poetry Series

    Paulette Laufer will take the Dickinson Poetry Series stage at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) on Aug. 10, 7 pm. Laufer – featured in the Peninsula Pulse’s Peninsula Poetry column in early April – will share some of the varied poems she’s written since moving to Door County in 2015 and highlight the […]

  • New Poetry Book Chronicles Parkinson’s Journey

    Lee LeVoy of Ellison Bay was already writing poetry when her husband, Hugh, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It was natural, then, that poems became LeVoy’s mode of expression through the course of her husband’s illness, and her second poetry collection focuses on this journey. Sacred Moments: One Couple’s Walk with Parkinson’s was recently released through […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Nancy Rafal

    In 1994, Nancy Rafal and her husband, Harry, left the Chicago area and moved to Baileys Harbor. She took a poetry-appreciation class with Barbara Larsen, started writing semiseriously and joined the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Rafal served as its treasurer and held the same position with the Wisconsin Writers Association. She was one third of […]

  • Local Poets Featured in Poetry Calendar

    The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets has released the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar 2023, edited by Door County’s current poet laureate, Mike Orlock; and Ethel Mortenson Davis and Thomas Davis of Sturgeon Bay. The poetry organization has published the calendar since 1983 to highlight the work of poets throughout the state and those who have a close […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Albert DeGenova

    Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, publisher, teacher and author of four books of poetry and three chapbooks. His most recent book is Black Pearl: poems of love, sex and regret; and his collection of haibun and poetry Postcards to Jack was recently released in a second expanded edition. DeGenova’s chapbook Mama’s Blues is forthcoming […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Allison Stephenson Haus

    Allison Stephenson Haus is a geochemist and geologist who works in environmental consulting. She and her husband have four boys. Poetry is a creative, happy hobby in which Dr. Haus’ love of rocks and Door County are on display. Find more of her lyric verse on beer sold at the Peach Barn Brewing in Sister […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Holly Selle

    Holly Selle was born in Missouri, started school in Nevada, grew up in Texas, attended college in Iowa, completed one graduate program in Arkansas and then finished another in Alaska before settling down in Door County, where she has lived for the past 12 years.  Having moved around for most of her childhood, a sense […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein

    Recommended by GRACE JOHNSON, Peninsula Pulse staffer and bibliophile As National Poetry Month comes to end, I can’t help but think back to the poetry that has stuck with me. One collection that always comes to mind is this one by Shel Silverstein. As a kid, I was mesmerized by the fun and quirky poems, […]

  • Book Recommendation: New Folger Library, Shakespeare

    Recommended by LAURA KAYACAN, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library  This April during National Poetry Month, I recommend my favorite poet of all time, William Shakespeare. Not only did he write a series of remarkable, timeless sonnets, but all of his plays are written at least partly in iambic pentameter or blank verse. Which other […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Paulette Laufer

    Paulette Laufer grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin, and began writing poetry as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point. After earning her M.F.A. in dramatic art, she embarked on playwriting and theater work in the Washington, D.C., area.  She had never been to Door County when she first lived in Wisconsin; it was during that time […]

  • Poets Laureate Visit Novel Bay Booksellers

    A sampling of the finest work by the seven Door County poets laureate is featured in a new book, Seven By 7. A couple of the poets will sign books and chat with book lovers April 16, 11 am – 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Frances May served […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Stephen Crane: Complete Poems’ by Stephen Crane

    April is Poetry Month, so to celebrate, all of our recommendations this month will be poetry collections. Recommended by STEVEN RICE, Manager, Door County Historical Museum and Archives Most famous for his classic Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane had an outsized impact on American literature despite his short body of […]

  • UUFDC Poetry Series Features June Nirschl

    June Nirschl will be the featured poet during the Dickinson Poetry Series on March 9, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim. Nirschl strives for poetry that sings, and it was the excitement of writing poems that first attracted her to the county – where […]