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A semi-fictional narrative about a slave settlement on Washington Island changes our understanding of Door County.

Cover of MAIDS and photo of the author, Abby Frucht

Maids is Abby Frucht’s first collection of poetry, and, as she says on her website, probably her last.

Kim Blaeser's latest collection of poems

In Copper Yearning, poet Kimberly Blaeser fills the pages with light, lore, and love.

In a world of superficial relationships enabled by social media, Steve Hannah’s book, Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind, shows us the value of taking the time to connect with ordinary people through their extraordinary stories.

The very title of Tom Montag’s latest book of poetry started a Simon & Garfunkel song playing in my head. “How terribly strange to be seventy,” a 27-year-old Paul Simon wrote in “Old Friends” back in the late 1960s.

Few books pace themselves with the resonance of truth telling. These rare books can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, but within the story being told is a heart beating in time with constant universal rhythms. Thomas D.

Spectral presences flit in and out of In Light, Always Light, Milwaukee poet Angela Trudell Vasquez’s first chapbook. Ghosts appear with purposeful messages, the voices of dead ancestors echo, and human remains float over a city.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the western boundary of the “Rust Belt,” a phrase popularized by presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984 to describe a sizeable chunk of America that was—and still is—facing an uncertain post-industrial future.

The future is all about water. And here in Wisconsin, we’ve got it. The problem is: The rest of the world wants it.

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