Category Archive: Dickinson Poetry Series

Dickinson Poetry Series Features Rolf Olson

Rolf Olson

Rolf Olson

Rolf Olson is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm.

Rolf Olson has called Door County home since 1980. He has been a craftsman in wood and metal for 25 years, working as a boat builder and joiner, designing and building doors, cabinets, furniture and functional objects in wood and metal.

Olson began writing poetry seriously about 14 years ago.  He writes about a wide variety of subjects and describes his poems as “bold, thought provoking, and entertaining.” Others have described Olson’s poems as “spare, fun, intense, and Zen-like”. He is pleased to have been a member of the “Unabridged Poets” group for nine years. Olson’s first chapbook, “One Glass Eye,” was published in 2003, and his next book, “Riot at the Poets’ Café” is currently in final editing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Gibraltar Student Writers

Five young poets are the Dickinson featured readers on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm. A program devoted to young poets is an annual tradition begun after the great acclaim for a youthful poet during the inaugural year of the Dickinson Poetry Series . The five poets from Gibraltar High School have been prepared and coached by Lauren Bremer, the teacher of senior English. Three of these poets have been featured in the series previously and are emerging into the rich poetry community of Door County. Read the rest of this entry »

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Estella Lauter Reads at Dickinson Series

Estella Lauter

Estella Lauter

Estella Lauter will be the featured reader for the Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 pm. An open mic follows the featured reading.

Since her retirement from teaching in the UW System, Estella has published two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, KY. Her poems have appeared in the Peninsula Pulse, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin and Wisconsin People and Ideas, and several anthologies, including The Nature of Door. They have won awards from the Pulse, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Regional Writers Association and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. As a member of the Wallace group and Word Women–two of Door County’s ongoing poetry workshops–she has participated in recent exhibits on the Newport Poetry Trail, at The Meadows and at Brew Coffee House. Some of her latest work may be seen online at in Issue 110, “It’s Political.”  She lives with her husband on 31 acres of woodland between Fish Creek and Ephraim and believes in poetry “because it still leaps out of the water of syllables into fresh air to change its course and ours.”

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Steven Link Featured Dickinson Poet

Steven Link

UUFDC is pleased to host Steven P. Link as the featured December poet Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm.

Mr. Link’s engaging, sporadic, poetic “occurrences” often find him scurrying for pen and paper to capture poetic images.  Writing poetry, running a used bookstore, and collecting rare books comprise his more satisfying second career.  In his previous life as a corporate data analyst, Mr. Link migrated through Northern Illinois and Madison before arriving home to Door County.  He currently owns and operates “Untitled” Used & Rare Books in Sturgeon Bay which offers a monthly poetry reading and occasional music events.

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Chuck Sully

Chuck Sully

Chuck Sully will be the featured reader in the Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. After his reading, there will be an open mic for other poets to read. New poets and listeners are welcome.

Chuck began to write poetry when he was 15, and the love of poetry has continued to inform his work. Two other passions are reflected in his writing: sailing and baking bread. Sailing represents a way of life for him. He has traveled 44,000 miles on the water. Catch him selling his bread at some of the farmers’ markets in Door County, and you may get him to recite a poem or two. He has published a book of poems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor is October’s Dickinson Poet

Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn L. Taylor will read new and selected poems at the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on October 10, 2012 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County.  A complementary reception will follow the reading and open mic session.

Ms Taylor is the 2009 and 2010 Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and 2004 and 2005 of the city of Milwaukee.  She taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years at UWM. She has facilitated poetry workshops, readings and presentations throughout the state and at many venues across the country from Connecticut to California and has recently been appointed to the advisory board of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

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Christine Swanberg Highlights September Dickinson Poetry Series

Christine Swanber

By Ginny Olson

Christine Swanberg is the featured poet for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on September 12, 2012 at 7 pm.  A complementary reception will be served following the reading and open mic session

Swanberg teaches regularly at The Clearing where she has mentored many writers. She also enjoys residencies and teaching at the Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, WA.  A prolific writer, she published seven books of poetry, appeared in many journals and anthologies, authored a college poetry text, and two of her essays appeared in Women on Poetry. Her newest collection combining older and new poems is now available from The Puddin’head Press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Rusty McKenzie

Rusty McKenzie

Rusty McKenzie’s poetry reading August 8, 7 pm, at the UU Fellowship is aptly titled “Never Far From Water”.

She lives and writes on the north shore of Lake Winnebago. She describes herself as, “A lucky woman who gets to watch seasons of sunsets and storms cross the lake, and who gets to read and write poems when the muse shows up.” A retired art therapist, McKenzie is blessed with family and friends, books, watercolors and occasional trips to a tiny out-island in the Bahamas. She has written two books of poems: Never Far From Water and Alive With Dandelions.

McKenzie is a listener, an observer, a reader of people, a lover of story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dickinson Poetry Series: Phil Hansotia

Phil Hansotia

Phil Hansotia

Phil Hansotia returns to the Dickinson Poetry Series July 11 to read a variety of his works.

Phil is a retired physician who lived in Marshfield for 35 years before settling in Ellison Bay eight years ago. He has been a member of the Wallace group of poets and has been involved with setting up the Poetry Trail at Newport State Park with Nancy Rafal and Sharon Auberle. He was born in India and received his early education there. Themes of experience in two cultures and memories of life in both places lace his work. Travel poems, experience with disaster work with Red Cross, and vignettes of life and places of Door County add to his collection. Phil says, “The poetry community in Door County is rich and stimulating and adds greatly to the pleasure of life on the peninsula.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dickinson Poetry Series: Nancy Rafal

Nancy Rafal

Door County published poet Nancy Rafal, Baileys Harbor, will present a sampling of her poetry June 13 at 7 pm.

Recently Nancy embarked upon a publishing venture with her friend, Henry Timm.  N.E.W. Voices is a twice-yearly literary platform for writers in northeast Wisconsin.

Nancy’s work can be found in the 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar and in past issues.  Nancy and Kathy Miner were co-editors of the 2009 edition.  Along with Judy Roy and June Nirschl, Nancy produced Slightly Off Q, a 2004 sell-out chapbook.  Her work has also appeared in the Peninsula Pulse. For the past three years Nancy’s contribution to the Hardy Gallery Community Mosaic Project has included her poetry. Read the rest of this entry »

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