Join Write On for an evening of poetry by local and visiting poets! Former Door County Poet Laureate Estella Lauter and Green Bay poet and author Annette Langlois Grunseth join Write On’s writer-in-residence Marianne Boruch for a reading and audience discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to all ages.
Poet and essayist Marianne Boruch grew up in Chicago. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including, most recently, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (2016); Cadaver, Speak (2014); The Book of Hours (2011), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Grace, Fallen from(2008); and Poems: New & Selected (2004). Her memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (2011), concerns a hitchhiking trip she took in 1971. In the Blue Pharmacy (2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (1995) are collections of her prose on poetry. In an interview with Brooke Horvath for the Denver Quarterly, Boruch noted, “Both poetry and the essay come from the same impulse—to think about something and at the same time, see it closely, carefully, and enact it.” Boruch has taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan, and at the University of Maine at Farmington, going on, in 1987, to develop and direct the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue University where she continues to be on faculty. Since 1988, she has also taught semi-regularly in the low-residency graduate Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. Summer conferences where she’s run poetry workshops include Bread Loaf, RopeWalk, and the Haystack School of the Arts.
Annette Langlois Grunseth, Green Bay, is retired from a career in healthcare public relations and marketing. She has published poems in journals and anthologies such as Bramble, Midwest Prairie Review, Fox Cry Review, Soundings: Door County in Poetry and The Poetry Box, Portland, Oregon. Three of her nature poems were set to original music at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Her chapbook, Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition (Finishing Line Press, 2017) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Society of Midland Authors Poetry Prize. Her poetry has won awards with Wisconsin Academy Review, Wisconsin People and Ideas and WFOP. When not writing, Annette can be found kayaking on northern Wisconsin lakes, where her muse tags along just for the exercise.
Since her retirement from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as Chair of the English Department, Estella Lauter has reveled in the writing community, publishing four 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 Bramble, Midwest Review, Stoneboat, 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). She co-edited the 2017 Poets Calendar for WFOP with Francha Barnard on the theme of water.