Category Archive: Dickinson Poetry Series

Dickinson Poetry Series Presents Collaborative Couple

Richard Carter and Carolyn Kenney-Carter

Richard Carter and Carolyn Kenney-Carter

Richard Carter and Carolyn Kenney-Carter are the featured artists in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm.

Richard E. Carter, geographer, naturalist, aviator, essayist and poet, has a deep connection with earth’s forces and creatures. From a career in city planning, he has moved into the natural world, where he invites readers to share his vision and adventures in northern Wisconsin. His gentle and deeply personal looks at humanity’s relationship with nature share universal truths far beyond the northern Wisconsin environs. He and his wife Carolyn received the Council for Wisconsin Writers Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award–2011 for Through the Cabin Door, a book of essays and drawings. Among his other awards are the Jade Ring and first place in the Al P. Nelson contests of the Wisconsin Writers’ Association.

Carolyn Kenney-Carter has provided pencil drawings and nature notes for two other joint ventures, including Inside and Out, a recent collection of Carter’s poetry.  She worked as an artist for Milwaukee museums, completed a master’s degree in business and explored the field of graphic design before becoming a painter and visual collaborator with Carter. Her rich, poignant drawings flow in perfect harmony with her husband’s words. The collaboration raises the need to get out and explore the world, letting nature speak to you. At the Dickinson series Carolyn will discuss the collaboration that produces this strong symbiosis. Then Richard will read his poetry.

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Dickinson Series Features Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

One of the first poems that Gary Jones wrote when he was a boy told of watering the roses with hoses.  While the lines rhymed beautifully, the subject matter was disingenuous: the only roses growing in their rural lawn were in a wild clump that had never been watered in the history of the farm, and the only hoses were connected to milking machines.

His poetry has improved.

Jones will be the featured poet at the Unitarian Fellowship of Door County’s Dickinson Poetry series on July 10 at 7 pm.

As a poet he sees his work as verbal snapshots of life around him, a record of the ironies and idiosyncrasies that make him and his fellow bipeds human.  He enjoys toying with words, images, and sounds the way he played with Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys as a child.

His work is often inspired by what he sees on his morning runs along Waters End Road toward Lake Michigan, or on the bank of the Rountree Branch in Platteville. Sometimes tending his Sister Bay gardens or working on his 1860-era cottage on the edge of the UW-Platteville campus, poems come to him unbidden.

An obsessive writer, Jones is not only a poet, but freelances for the Pulse and Door County Living.  Occasionally his plays are performed and his short fiction published.

After many years teaching English at Gibraltar High School, Jones is now a composition instructor at UW-Platteville.  He and his wife of many years spend winters in Platteville (going “south,” just not as far south as most people in Door County!) and summers in Sister Bay.

On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception.  The public is welcome and admission is free. The UUF is located at 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information, call 920.854.7559.

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Cynthia Oliver Featured Poet for June

Cynthia Oliver

Cynthia Oliver

Cynthia Oliver will be the featured poet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm.

When Cynthia retired from her massage therapy practice in the Chicago area in 1999, she sold her condo and gave away what she could neither take in her car nor store in a small unit.   Then she happily journeyed to and lived in different regions of the United States.   These adventures included housesitting in Port Townsend, Washington for a year, living and working at the YMCA of the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado, and living in a motor home in Apache Junction, Arizona. She also tent camped in National Parks and Forests in the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains as well as by the Pacific Ocean and various lakes, rivers, and streams. Read the rest of this entry »

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UU Fellowship Releases Book of Poems

Each year the UU Fellowship of Door County publishes a poetry chapbook with poems from the Dickinson Poetry Series during the previous year.  What Is Hidden, the poetry from the fourth year of the Series, will be released on Sunday, April 28, 2013, Poetry Sunday at the Fellowship.

What Is Hidden is the title of one of the poems in the book and suggests the provocative images, metaphors, perceptions and ideas contained within the poetry.  Poetry Sunday, celebrated each year in April in honor of National Poetry Month, has 11 poets reading their poems, focusing on the title “Earth Spirit Rising.” The service will be followed by a gala publication party heralding the release of the book.

Twenty-five poems in the book represent 16 poets/readers, nine of whom have been published in previous volumes of the Series. Copies of the book will be for sale at the party or $10. During the gala, featured poets will read their works and will autograph their pages in the book. The books will continue to be available throughout the year from the Fellowship and at select poetry events.

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Mary Gray Kaye

Mary Gray Kaye

Mary Gray Kaye

Mary Gray Kaye will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on May 8, 7:00 pm.

Mary Gray Kaye is a published writer whose many years of diversified experience find a place in her writing. Her professional background includes newspaper reporting, public relations and corporate travel. Her creative life has produced ghostwritten memoirs, essays, magazines articles, poems and fiction. She served as a script supervisor for a Chicago film production company. She participates in Chicago’s Neighborhood Writing Alliance and other Chicago writing communities, is a graduate of Northwestern University and has attended Ragdale Writers Retreat in Lake Forest IL. She has delivered readings at the Chicago Public Library, the Printers Row Book Fair, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the University of Chicago and DePaul University. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dickinson Poetry Features Cynthia Stiehl

Cynthia Stiehl

Cynthia Stiehl

Mezzo soprano Cynthia Stiehl will be featured in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm. Through poetry, melody and human feeling, Ms. Stiehl’s presentation, entitled “Poetical Interpretation”, will examine how singers choose, interpret and present text to their audiences. She will be accompanied by Judith Jackson on the piano.

Known for her recitals of American art song, opera and musical theater, Ms. Stiehl’s repertoire extends from Bach to Cole and beyond. She has appeared as guest soloist with symphonies, choirs, and ensembles in Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon and Wisconsin. Door County audiences are familiar with Ms. Stiehl’s numerous benefit performances for local non-profit organizations. She has performed Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach” and Aaron Copland’s “American Songs,” as well as premiering works by Richard Cumming, written especially for her. Ms. Stiehl has several CDs to her credit, most notably her memorable recital with John Browning recorded at Björklunden.  She is proud to serve on the UUFDC Board of Directors and several other Boards in Door County. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Series for 2013-2014 Announced

To commemorate National Poetry Month, the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series is pleased to announce an exciting list of featured poets for its fifth series beginning in April. Seven of the readings will feature poets new to the series: Cyndy Stiehl with Judith Jackson, Mary Gray Kaye, Cynthia Oliver, Richard E. Carter and Carolyn Kenney-Carter, Susan T. Moss, Patrick Moran, and Karla Huston. Look for new elements this year including poetry into song, poetry accompanied by art works connected to the poems, and dual readings. This much-loved monthly poetry event is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 www.versewisconsin.org 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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