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Contest winners photos and logo

Wisconsin People & Ideas, our quarterly magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents a special Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of our statewide Fiction & Poetry Con

Photo of Anthony Bukoski and his book THE BLONDES OF WISCONSIN

The Blondes of Wisconsin provides an intimate look into the lives of the working-class Polish-Americans who live and love and work in northern Wisconsin. 

Photo of Lauren Fox and her book, SEND FOR ME

A family’s history, like an old jigsaw puzzle, often has missing pieces, stories forgotten or kept secret.

Vintage photo of meat counter

Eva would tell her father about the proposal herself.

A photo of instructor Kelly Dwyer with her recent book

Instructor Kelly Dwyer will guide you through writing a plot outline, a character arc, and the main elements of your novel.

Closeup of purple carnation

The woman stands in a yellow sundress and sandals, snow circling her blue ankles. It’s January in Milwaukee, and she’s out on the street half-naked.

Photo of Lucy Sanna and her most recent book

Whether you have a hot idea for a novel, a work-in-progress, or a completed draft to polish and refine, this workshop with novelist Lucy Sanna will give you the skills needed to bring your novel to life.

Photo of author Chris Fink and his new book

“Who’s native and who’s been introduced?” asks a character in Chris Fink’s story, “The Bush Robin Sings.” The question in many ways fits tidily into the other stories within his new collection, Add Thi

Photo of Jack Harris

Jack Harris reads his award-winning story, “Aeshnidae,” from the 2018 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest.

Photo of Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins reads his award-winning work, “Mirror Box,” from the 2019 Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction contest.

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