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.
Carolyn Byrne is a writing instructor and MFA candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Graduate Creative Writing program. She hails from Long Island, New York, and after graduating from Cornell University, spent four years as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense. She is currently working on her first collection of short fiction.
Nancy Carlson has published more than 60 books as a writer and illustrator. Her specialty is making kids feel good about themselves and others. Her most recent book, published this month, is Armand Goes to a Party: A Book About Asperger’s and Friendship.
Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two spoiled cats. She’s an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel. She is the author of Unforeseen Obsessions, Taken by Surprise, and the Nick Spinelli Mystery Series.
Karen Corekin and Cynthia DeLaMer
Karen Corekin and Cynthia DeLaMer Karen holds a double major undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has developed early childhood education curriculum, worked in Corporate Communications, written copy for small business websites, worked as an editor, written for a national professional trade publication, and written for the Door County Advocate and Peninsula Pulse. Cynthia holds a double major undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and Religious Studies. In addition, she has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. As a writer, she has worked in Corporate Communications, as a journalist, written for the Door County Advocate and written Creative Non-Fiction for a national magazine, Sage Woman. Together, Cynthia and Karen co-facilitate Stone Soup, a mixed-genre writing group for Write On Door County. They are currently writing a young adult novel and both write poetry for the sheer joy of it.
Katie Dahl has three studio albums to her credit, Ordinary Band (2015), County Line (2009) and Leaky Boats and Paper Birds (2012). Her musical, Victory Farm, co-written with James Valcq and Emilie Coulson, premiered to high acclaim in 2012 and has since been made into a live cast album. She has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American north woods.
Peter Dahl is an English Major at St. Norbert College, and he will be entering his final semester there in the Fall. At St. Norbert, he works as the sports section editor for the college newspaper and as a consultant at the school’s Writing Center, where he helps his peers become stronger writers and critical thinkers. Even though these jobs and his schoolwork have him writing plenty often, writing for fun is one of his hobbies, along with playing and watching sports. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 2012.
Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer, indexer, and editor for more than 25 years. She has more than 7,000 published articles, poems, and short stories, and more than a dozen published books of fiction and nonfiction. Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, an Isaac Asimov Award, six Pushcart awards, and three Dzanc Book’s Best of the Web awards. She is the recipient of two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, and the 2011 Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry.
Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, writer, editor, and publisher. He is the author of four books of poetry and for the past 30-plus years has worked as a journalist and marketing communications professional. Albert holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing and leads the annual Norbert Blei Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School. He is also a blues saxophonist and a one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.
Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published, Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011), and Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014). He sings and plays harmonica and bass guitar in a blues band, The Big Talkers. Bruce lives in Westfield, WI, runs Poet Camp twice a year, and has taught over a thousand people how to juggle.
Lynda Drews is the author of a mystery/suspense novel and a memoir. Run at Destruction chronicled the circumstances surrounding the murder of the author’s friend and running partner. Declared “a must for True Crime readers,” it was the basis for a 2013 episode of “Deadly Affairs” on the Investigation Discovery Channel. In March of 2014, Drews’ novel Circle of Innocence was published by Whiskey Creek Press. Midwest Book Review wrote that the novel “excels in psychological depth and detail[.]”
Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning, bestselling author of 33 published books, which together have sold 1.6 million copies. Among her honors are an Emmy for children’s educational programming, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and nominations for both the Edgar and Agatha national mystery awards. Kathleen’s work includes the Chloe Ellefson mystery series for adults and mature teens; American Civil War books for adults and young readers; and American Girl mysteries and historical fiction for readers ages 8 and up.
Max Garland of Eau Claire was Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. A first generation college student, Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990. His collections of poetry include The Postal Confessions, which earned the Juniper Prize for Poetry and Hunger Wide as Heaven. Of his book, poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes, “[t]here’s a welcoming world here you’ll recognize, as well as a wistfulness that feels perfectly pitched, leaning out to mystery…I’m a mad fan of the delicious, radiant poems of Max Garland.”
Kathie Giorgio’s fourth book, Rise From the River, was published in April, 2015. Her previous works include the novels The Home for Wayward Clocks and Learning to Tell (A Life)Time and the short story collection Enlarged Hearts, selected as a 2012 Summer Must-Read by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kathie has published fiction and poetry widely and taught at colleges, universities, and independent writing centers around the country. She is the director of AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop, an international creative writing studio.
Michael Giorgio lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with his wife, author Kathie Giorgio, daughter Olivia, and an assortment of dogs, cats, and fish. His short fiction has appeared in The Strand, Mammoth Book of Tales from the Road, Tales from the Cash Register and many magazines and anthologies. In addition to writing, he is also a creative writing instructor for AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop, both in their Waukesha studio and online, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
Susan Gloss is the author of the novel Vintage, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins in March, 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives on Lake Monona in Madison with her optimistic husband, young son, and neurotic hound dog. When she’s not writing fiction or toddler wrangling, Susan can be found working as an attorney, heading an online vintage shop, or seeking inspiration for her blog, GlossingOverIt. She also blogs every Wednesday at The Debutante Ball for debut authors.
Margaret Hasse is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board, among other. Her prize-winning collections of poetry include Stars Above, Stars Below; In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling; Milk and Tides; and Earth’s Appetite.
Marggie Hatala is an End-of-Life Consultant, writing and speaking about these issues within our culture. As a Hospice Registered Nurse and Reiki Master, Marggie educates and assists others to become fully alive by embracing their inner selves. She is the author of Sally: A Memoir, outlining her mother’s illness and death in hospice care.
Karen Hering is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, chaplain and author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within. Serving as consulting literary minister in St. Paul, Minnesota, Karen leads guided writing sessions, retreats and communications workshops in community, congregational and workplace settings. Her writing has appeared in literary journals, periodicals and meditation anthologies, and her interest in the transformative power of words has spurred her to lead a Nicaraguan literary tour exploring the role of poetry, literature and imagination in movements for social change.
After growing up all over the country, Lynn Herman brings a wide variety of people, places, and perspectives to her writing/teaching toolbox. With a B.A. in English in Secondary Education and a Masters in Gifted Education, she taught English and was an Enrichment Coordinator for over 24 years. Recently retired, she remains passionate about education, writing, and students. She values the classics and encourages her students to learn from the best. After having two articles published in the past, teaching demanded her full attention. Now retired, she plans to continue to teach writing and write for publication once again.
Ann Heyse has a long career teaching writing. She has helped children, teens, and adults hone their writing skills and accomplish work of which they are proud. Her poems and articles have appeared in various journals and on-line sources and she is currently working on a collection of essays, a novel, and a book of poems.
Donna Hilbert was born in the Red River Valley of Oklahoma near the Texas border, but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. Her latest book is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, Aortic Books, 2013. The Green Season, World Parade Books, is now available in a new, expanded second edition. Other books include Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, PEARL Editions, 2004; Transforming Matter, PEARL 2000; Feathers and Dust, Deep Red and Mansions, all from Event Horizon Press.Hilbert’s work is widely anthologized, most recently in The Widow’s Handbook, Kent State University Press, 2014.
John Hildebrand’s nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Audubon, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac, Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family, Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon, and A Northern Front. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has built a cabin in northern Wisconsin. “Hildebrand proves as adept at unearthing the compelling human story as he is at penetrating nature’s subtleties. Literate prose and a naturalist’s sensibility: a better tour guide would be hard to imagine.” – Kirkus Reviews.
Heidi Hodges has written a weekly article for the Door County Advocate since 2001. In 2008, she learned that she had breast cancer, but never missed an installment of her column. After being diagnosed with cancer, she used it to share her experiences, from finding out about the disease to progressing through treatments and recovery. Her writing evolved into a single-issue feature magazine that was sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center, and which was awarded a first-place from the National Newspaper Association. She is Editor-in-Chief of Door County Magazine.
Veronica Kavaas is a writing instructor and MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Minnesota’s Graduate Creative Writing program where she is currently working on a collection of essays. She moved to Minneapolis from Nashville, Tennessee where she worked as a museum curator and taught art history. In 2012, Welcome Books and Random House published her book Artists in Love: From Picasso and Gilot to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships which received Independent Publisher Gold Award In Fine Arts. She also interviewed World War II veterans for the oral history book The Last Good War: Faces and Voices of World War II which was the recipient of the 2010 Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Editor’s Choice in Nonfiction.
Athena Kildegaard lives in prairie pothole county – Morris, Minnesota – where she is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Rare Momentum, Cloves & Honey, and Bodies of Light, a finalist for the 2011 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. She has received grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation and has taught youth and adults creative writing and environmental ethics.
Cynthia Kraack is the award-winning author of five novels, including The High Cost of Flowers, Minnesota Cold, and the Ashwood trilogy. She completed her MFA in Literary Fiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program in Creative Writing. Her short stories have received recognition in competitions ranging from the Peninsula Pulse‘s Hal Grutzmacher contest to Glimmer Train. Along with the creative team of Pixel Farm Interactive, she received an Innovator Award for the design of interactive computer simulation games for businesses. She has a Journalism degree from Marquette University and a Masters degreee in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.
Dale M. Kushner
Dale M. Kushner is the author of the novel The Conditions of Love as well as several poetry collections, most recently More Alive Than Lions Roaring. She has been honored by a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and residencies at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute as a participant in their first writers’ conference on compassion and foregiveness. She is on the core facultly of the Assisi Institute and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and editor of the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been heard on A Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in anthologies such as To Sing Along the Way and Good Poems, American Places. She co-chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and reviews books for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Estella Lauter served as Poet Laureate of Door County (2013-2015). She has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, one of which focuses on sailing trips she took with her family for twenty years. Her poems have won awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the Wisconsin Writers Association, Fox Cry Review, The Peninsula Pulse and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She has published poems in Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Journal of People and Ideas and several anthologies of poetry. She is Professor Emerita of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she chaired the English Department, after teaching interdisciplinary studies for many years at UW Green Bay. She founded the Door County Poets Collective , whose first project was Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015).
Award-winning author Virginia McCullough started her career writing magazine articles about women’s issues, children’s literature, and sailing. She has co-authored and ghostwritten more than 100 nonfiction books for doctors, therapists, and professional speakers. With two grown children, Virginia has lived in many places in the United States and the Virgin Islans and now makes her home in Green Bay. Three of her five novels are set in Wisconsin, including Greta’s Grace which is set in Door County.
Katie McKy is the author of Wolf Camp, Pumpkin Town, It All Began with a Bean, and Tough Kids, Tough Classrooms. She visits scores of schools every year, where she performs and teaches writing. In the summer, she retreats into the cultivated tranquility of her garden at her home in Maine and the wild tranquility of the Canadian wilderness.
James Mihaley grew up in Door County and currently resides in Los Angeles. He is a certified yoga instructor and poet and the author of “The New Yogi Manifesto,” hailed around Los Angeles as the definitive yoga poem of this generation. Mihaley is also an award winning children’s author, published by Macmillan. He incorporates humor into everything he does and has great faith in the power of laughter.
Dee Paulsen has lived in Sturgeon Bay since 1982, with her husband Eric. They have two grown children, son Nels and daughter Annika and one grandchild, Fritz Jospeh. Dee has a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and an M.S. in Education with an emphasis on children’s literature from Viterbo College. She taught language arts and math for 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades and has also worked as an office manager for Crown Life Insurance and Door County Eye Associates. Her interests include travel, reading, writing poetry, visiting elementary classrooms to read and do writing projects, and organizing gathering with friends.
Margaret Philbrick is the author of the novel, A Minor, A Novel of Love, Music and Memory (Koehler Books) which is the first novel to have embedded music. She also created the children’s picture book, Back to the Manger (Singing River Publications) with her mother who painted the illustrations for the book. Her poetry will be featured in the collection Between Midnight and Dawn (Paraclete Press) to be released in 2016. Margaret teaches writing and literature to eager junior high writers and aspiring adults in the Chicago area, but longs to be in Door County every weekend researching her next novel. Margaret’s non-fiction writing has been featured in Christianity Today and Relevant magazines.
Brett Reetz is a lawyer in Northeast Wisconsin. Originally from Chicago, he has resided in Door County, Wisconsin, for almost twenty years. Along with his wife, Laura, and three children, Hadley, Hayden and Hatcher, he enjoys alpine skiing, scuba diving, fishing, hunting and, of course, writing. He has always viewed the writing of fiction to be a quest much superior to his other job.
Ellen Rosewall is author of Sparkle Island: Stories of Love, Life and Walloon Lake, her memoir of her family’s 100 year old lake home near Petoskey, Michigan. Originally written just for her family, Sparkle Island sold out two printings, was quoted at a wedding, and even led to an invitation to cocktails at Ernest Hemingway’s home! During the winter months, Ellen dreams of summer days at the lake while teaching Arts Management at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She has also written an arts management textbook and is working on her third book, an anthology of boring arts management stuff.
Ellen Shriner is the director of communications at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Minneapolis where she lives. She has taught in the University of St. Thomas’ Master of Business Communication program.
Patricia Skalka is the creator of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series, published by University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books. The series debuted with Death Stalks Door County in spring 0f 2014 and was followed by Death at Gills Rock in June, 2015. Skalka is a former freelance staff writer for Reader’s Digest specializing in medical and human interest stories. She has worked as a magazine editor, ghost writer, and writing instructor. A native of Chicago, she lives in the city and takes time off at her Door County cottage.
Liza Wiemer is the author of Hello?, a widely-acclaimed novel for young adults set in Door County. She has a degree in Education from UW-Madison and has published two nonfiction books for adults, as well as stories and articles in numerous publications. Liza spent a summer selling popcorn in a Koepsell’s popcorn wagon while listening to awesome music on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. Besides being a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, she is a readaholic, a romantic, and a lover of nature, crazy socks, and rooftops.