Sharon Auberle is the author of the poetry collections Saturday Nights at the Crystal Ball, Crow Ink, and Wind Where Music Was, a collaboration with Ralph Murre. In addition to being a poet, Sharon is a photographer and artist. You can find out more about her on her blog, Mimi’s Golightly Cafe.
Who are some of your poetic influences?
There are so many wonderful poets who have influenced my poetry, but I will pick only a few who particularly stand out: William Stafford and Mary Oliver, who may be my favorites; James Stroud, Jane Hirshfield, Barbara Crooker and of course, who could leave out Neruda?
How has Door County influenced you as an artist?
Besides the breath-taking landscape which influences so many, the amazing community of Door County artists has influenced me beyond anything. Not only the present poets, painters, musicians, etc., who are such a support and inspiration, but the ones who were here before us and left their beautiful legacies. This community follows their trails and blazes new ones.
What value do you think Write On Door County brings to the community?
I think Write On embodies the spirit of all of the above-mentioned: the beauty and inspiration of the landscape; the sense of community of other would-be, practicing, and struggling writers and a fine group of writers willing to mentor; and lastly, the spirit of the past, exemplified by the recent addition of The Coop, a tribute to the legendary Door County writer, Norbert Blei.
What was your experience like leading the intergenerational class?
My experience of working with the elders was quite good for me, both in meeting some lovely women, and hearing their stories. One of the women had written as her profession, and I learned quite a bit from her. So it really wasn’t an experience of “leading” a workshop, but rather, “sharing” our knowledge of writing. I have heard teachers say that in doing a workshop they will often learn as much as they teach, and I believe that is true. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with these elders, and look forward to doing this again.
What do you hope to see in the future for Write On Door County?
I would say more of the same, for sure–classes and workshops for all levels, ages and forms of writing. Ongoing support groups for writers at all stages of their craft; more classes in all the varied aspects of writing and literature, from hand-made books and journals; illustrated journaling; different culture’s forms of writing; a joining of writing with other arts–dance, photography, painting, music etc. A “book arts” category. Being a “jack of all trades, master of none” sort, I love trying out all forms of art and combining them with words. Kinder people call it being a “Renaissance” type of person, and that may be what I would like to see for Write On–a large variety of different arts, always combined with words!