Margaret Hasse returns to Write On, Door County the week of July 17th. While in residence, she will take part in our collaboration with Midsummer Music Festival. Margaret is the author of four award winning-collections of poetry. Her fifth will be published this fall. Maggie Peterman had the opportunity to chat with Margaret about her poetry and her visit to Door County.
MP: Where do you live?
MH: Saint Paul, Minnesota
MP: What author or book that has most influenced your own writing and why?
MH: My mother Gladys Johnson Hasse set me on the path of poetry by reading poetry to me and writing down my words in a notebook when I was a child before I knew how to read.
MP: Can you tell us about your current writing project?
MH: My fifth book of poems, Between Us, will be published this fall. It’s edited and ready for the publisher to typeset and lay out the manuscript, but I still haven’t settled on a cover image. (I’m fortunate having a publisher, Nodin Press, that allows its writers to influence the design of their books.)
MP: What is your favorite place to visit in Door County?
MH: I love the roads and trails to bicycle on, including along the water’s edge in the amazing Peninsula State Park.
MP: Unrelated to writing, what is your favorite activity?
MH: See answer to previous question, plus gardening, reading, book clubbing, hiking, cooking, theater, music …
MP: What are some of your favorite books?
MH: My favorite books are too many to name, but I can tell you what’s on my bedside table right now: The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang, The Widow’s House by Sharon Chmierlarz; I and Thou by Martin Buber; and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
MP: How did you become acquainted with Write On, Door County?
MH: I learned about the organization from the marvelous Jerod Santek, Executive Director and Founder, who shared news of Write On Door County at a farewell party I attended for him at The Loft Literary Center.Two years ago I was delighted to be in residence at Write On.
MP: What will you be doing at Write On during your residency?
MH: During the last time I was at Write On, I gave a workshop; this time I was asked to write a poem for a collaboration between Write On and Midsummer Music Festival. I will read it to the audience before a string quartet performance on Wednesday, July 20, at Vail Hall on the grounds of Bjorklunden.