- August 9, 2017
- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
June Nirschl’s attitude toward life is reflected in her poetry: Let there be variety! Trained as an English teacher, a job she loved for 15 years, she moved, after a brief interlude for motherhood, into local government as a municipal town clerk in southeastern Wisconsin. Throughout her careers, Nirschl dabbled in poetry, continuing to find that around every corner lay something new, someone new. So goes it with poetry.
Although she had already been studying poetry, the move to Door County in 2000 enabled Nirschl to continue writing among a supportive group of poets, most especially the Wallace Group. Her work has benefited from the instruction of poets Mariann Ritzer, Ellen Kort, Robin Chapman, and Marilyn Taylor.
With Judy Roy and Nancy Rafal, June Nirschl’s work was published in their initial offering, Slightly Off Q, followed by Two Off Q: A Conversation in Poetry with Judy Roy. The Wisconsin Library Association recognized Two Off Q for outstanding achievement in poetry in 2009. Her most recent chapbook is a solo effort, Before & After. Nirschl’s work has appeared in the Peninsula Pulse, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Museletter, and Fox Cry Review. Her poetry has been awarded the Jade Ring from the Wisconsin Writers’ Association and the Grutzmacher Award from the Peninsula Pulse.
Nirschl believes poetry has the ability to be a photograph captured on an i-phone or an emotion felt, however personal, in many cultures and times. It can create pleasure for both the eye and ear, and its moods can be as variable as the weather. Because poetry is as diverse as the people who write it, not all poetry may be to our liking; but because its variety is great and uses all our senses, poetry enjoyed can make each of us more alive.
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.