Midsummer’s Music asked Write On to invite poets who would create original poems based on music to be played at one of Midsummer’s concerts. Poets were sent a CD of music to be performed the night of their concert, but with no information as to the composers or other details. Poets were asked to write a poem or poems in response to the emotions evoked by the music they heard. Music and Poetry will take place at eleven of Midsummer’s concerts, occurring at different venues throughout the county. The featured poet for today’s concert is Estella Lauter.
To order tickets, visit www.midummersmusic.com or call 920-854-7088.
Since her retirement from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as Chair of the English Department, Estella Lauter has reveled in the writing community here, publishing three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press (one of them in the New Women’s Voices series) and enjoying membership in three writing workshops. Her poems have won awards from WFOP, the Wisconsin Writers Association, Fox Cry and the Peninsula Pulse. She tied for first prize in the 2009 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry contest, and her work has been published in several literary journals, including Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin and Wisconsin People and Ideas. Two poems were nominated for the Pushcart award. Poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including The Nature of Door, Sweeping Beauty, and Echolocations. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Door County for 2013-2015, during which time she founded the Door County Poets Collective to publish an anthology, Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015). Most recently, she co-edited the 2017 Poets Calendar for WFOP with Francha Barnard on the theme of water.