Dickinson Poetry — Jami Hanreddy

Event details

  • Wednesday | December 12, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
  • 902-854-7559

Jami Hanreddy is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, December 12th, at 7:00 pm.

Jami first came to Door County in 1993 when she and her husband were invited by Fred Alley to come and hear what American Folklore Theater (now Northern Sky) was all about. After spending many summer vacations with Fred and being harangued by him that we “belonged” in the Door, they bought a place up by Gills Rock in 2001, soon after Fred’s untimely death and the towers in New York had fallen.

Jami had been a language arts/English teacher for most of her career and authored several books for English Language Learners (one of which has the happy honor of being the longest-surviving book of its type in her field in its 7th edition form.) Before becoming a “full-timer” in Northern Door in 2010, she had taught many a student to find their own voices in their writing, but realized that up until then she had not really given much time or thought to finding her own. It took a few more years and encouragement from the likes of Estella Lauter and Max Garland to really believe that poetry might be just the vehicle she needed to explore the “vast reaches of mind and spirit” (as UUers would say.) After all, hadn’t she been known to teasingly cajole her students to write by telling them, “How can you really know what you think until you actually see [on paper] what you say?”

So it began. And now after four years or so, she has a file full of poems that she has been encouraged to put into a chapbook and has been asked to read some of them at the UU Dickinson Poetry Night. To make it a bit more fun (and in case you think the poetry sucks), she will try to have some slides to accompany the poems. And the audience might be asked to help her choose a title for said chapbook. Top contenders so far, based on some of the common themes , are: Life at Death’s Door; Dead Dogs and other Loves Lost; Putting My Affairs in Order: Confessions of a Common Woman; Family, Friends and other Beloved Beasts. Say what you will about her poetry…she writes hilarious titles.

Photo credit to Steve Brandt

About Dickinson Poetry Series: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a renowned local or regional poet followed by an open mic, providing an opportunity for others to read their poetry. A reception follows affording an opportunity to meet the poets. The Series is named for Emily Dickinson, a prolific poet and philosophically in tune with Unitarian beliefs. The public is welcome and there is no charge. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call (920) 854-7559.