Hanne Gault is the featured reader on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm for the UUFDC Dickinson Poetry Series.
Gault has lived in Ellison Bay since 1997. She belongs to two poetry groups and has been published in Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Free Verse and The Pulse. She won third prize in The Joanne Hirshfield memorial contest in Chicago, Illinois, and was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2012. Gault was featured in the July 2012 issue of Door County Living and has published one chapbook, You Are From Where?, in which she asks the question she has answered many times since leaving Denmark fifty-some years ago.
Gault has been writing poetry for most of her adult life. Of poetry she says: “Poetry has existed in every civilization we know and is probably needed now more than ever. With all the stresses in our surface world, poetry is a place one can go and still experience life in all its intensity. For me, poetry fills a need to speak in words as sparingly and universally as possible. I draw most of my inspiration from people I have known and observed over the years, their lives and their peculiarities. I have a quirky sense of humor and generally take it as far as I dare without going over the edge. I tend to see the humorous side of life while also trying to be conscious of social inequities.”