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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Fall 2016

In this issue: Ansel Adams 2.0 and a MacArthur genius in Milwaukee, a call for artists from the Watrous Gallery, and WisconsinEye cuts through the spin. Shrimp farming in Newton, extinct birds in the Coulee, and Wisconsin authors, well, everywhere. The discovery of an unknown cellular process leads to an innovative sci/art collaboration. The weirdest noir story you'll ever read, new poems from our contest, and reviews of new titles from Wisconsin writers.  Did you know that you can get this fine magazine delivered right to your door? Begin your membership in the Wisconsin Academy today and we'll send you this and three more issues of the best magazine about contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture: Wisconsin People & Ideas.

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In an era marked by hyperpartisan political discourse and obsessive coverage of the personalities of the moment, Wisconsinites have an objective public media resource in WisconsinEye.

Theater professor Anne Basting has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, making her the sixth person living in Wisconsin to win the award.

Photographer and Milwaukee native Jarob Ortiz was recently selected as the new photographer for the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program, where he will explore the architectural history of t

Illustration by Stephanie Steinhauer

Promise (for farmers) and peril (for shrimp) at a new aquaculture outfit in rural Newton. 

The professor behind U-Boo's Cheesehead Lit 101 asks: What makes a distinctly Wisconsin author?

Amy Fichter, Black Tern (Chlidonias niger surinamensis), Holga 120N, Fuji Pro 400H, 2015. Specimen courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Menomonie artist Amy Fichter’s avian meditation on what we are losing—and what we have lost.

The collaboration behind Leslie Iwai's Daughter Cells: Inheritance, Separation & Survival.

Wild, wacky, and utterly entertaining, the 2nd place-winning story from our 2016 fiction contest turns the hardboiled detective story on its head.

In a political season rife with hyperbole, posturing, half-truths, intolerance, and worse, author and UW–Madison Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Jack Mitchell reminds us that there is a media outlet where intelligent debate and...

Milwaukee poet Mark Zimmermann’s first full-length poetry collection, Impersonations, dazzles with a gallery of pithy portraits written in a novel form. Take, for instance, “Osama bin Laden.”

I’m one of those readers who start at the beginning of a volume of poems. I don’t page through, nor do I read the end of the book first.

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