Our mission is to inspire people to write and share their stories. We do this through events and workshops at our Writing Center and within the community, through our residency program, and by offering support to our writers.


Cemetary Flowers

By Michael Brecke | May 29, 2021 |

Memorial Day has always loomed large over my family. As each generation began to pass away, the responsibility for flowers on the graves fell to my mother. There were flowers…

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The Pool Hall

By Michael Brecke | May 17, 2021 |

In my early years, probably age seven to nine, I found Main Street in my hometown an endless source of mystery and adventure. My family home was a short walk,…

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By Michael Brecke | March 13, 2021 |

Water! I went into the bathroom to use the facilities and wash my face and hands. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. I was about to flush the…

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By Michael Brecke | February 23, 2021 |

Lawrence Ferhlinghetti died today. He was 101. As a radical college student, publishing an underground newspaper, he was one of my great heroes. He was a poet and a bookstore…

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Song of the Solitary Man

By Michael Brecke | February 10, 2021 |

The land and the trees change with the seasons. The forty acres of land has been a part of my family life and lore for over 100 years. It has…

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