Tom Erickson is a lifelong basketball fan and a writer, so after getting inspired at a poetry event a few months ago, he decided to write 34 haiku about Bucks' superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
"The Bucks were playing great, I'm a big Giannis fan and April is National Poetry Month, so I decided to write 34 haikus to match his number," says Erickson.
Erickson started writing the Greek Freak haikus – which are three-line Japanese poems – in early March and coincidentally wrote the last one on March 11, the day the NBA announced it was suspending the season.
Erickson began writing poetry in college and since then wrote three – soon to be four – books of poetry.
Erickson also encourages people to write their own "Giannis Haiku" and share with him via social media. Here's one from today:
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.