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Articles tagged with 'writing'


Knees to the Grounded: A writer's story is a fighter's story

Published March 3, 2017

For the author, the process of writing is similar to fighting. There's a duality of combat and writing, especially in these times, when journalists are risking themselves for the distribution of truth. A writer's story is a fighter's story.


Ramsey raps and rhymes in Racine

Published May 23, 2015

Nick Ramsey is the poet laureate of Racine. Yes, Racine has a poet laureate, and Ramsey was nominated and later appointed to the two-year position in October 2013. Ramsey will read from his new chapbook, "Rhymes & Rambles," on Saturday, May 30 at Wilson's Coffee & Tea in, aptly, Racine.


I can be a friend by...

Published March 2, 2015

Every Monday, my child gets a writing prompt at school, and we've taken to discussing them in the car on the way to and from school. It's like a mini editorial meeting. We talk about potential content for the prompts.


Milwaukee Talks: Wisconsin poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser

Published Jan. 24, 2015

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission named Kimberly Blaeser as the new Wisconsin poet laureate for 2015-16. Recently, caught up with Blaeser and chatted with her about her writing, her family life, how being Native American influences her work, her favorite writers, the power of a good nap and what exactly the poet laureate does.


Local teen publishes the work of his peers

Published Oct. 16, 2014

A locally produced book featuring the writings of local teens is certainly notable, but what's even more noteworthy about "Milwaukee: A Collection of Work by Local Teens," published in a small run by Hidden Color Press, is that it was also edited, designed and produced by an area teenager. Hidden Color Press is the work of 14-year-old Jack Hietpas, a student at St. Robert School in Shorewood. He started the press as a means to publish art and writing by area teens from all backgrounds.


Sieger reflects on first month as Pfister Narrator

Published May 24, 2014

The Pfister Hotel recently named Anja Notanja Seiger as its seventh Pfister Narrator / Writer in Residence. gave her a month to settle in and then tossed her a few questions about the experience thus far.


Santiago launches new blog

Published Feb. 2, 2014

Recently, local writer and business owner Sara Santiago launched a new blog called Chronically Irritated. It's snarky, accessible, visually appealing, funny and R-rated. (You've been warned.)


Polish your dirty words in Erotica 101

Published Sept. 20, 2013

Erotica writer extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussel returns to the Tool Shed to teach an Erotica Writing 101 workshop on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20.


Five reasons Wisconsin is great for writers

Published July 31, 2013

Wisconsin is good for more than just beer and brats! Here are five reasons our state is great for writers, courtesy of bestselling novelist and Wisconsin native Jess Riley.


Featured bartender: Foundation's Ed Makowski

Published Feb. 5, 2013

Ed Makowski has worked at Foundation, Riverwest's punk rock skater hangout turned breathtaking tiki bar, for eight years. Makowski is also a poet who published two collections of poetry and served as The Pfister Narrator from November 2011 to April 2012.


From Katie, with love

Published May 3, 2012

For once, I'm going to try and keep this post short. Let's see how this goes, shall we? Two words, from me to you - yes, all of you. Thank you.


Five fab female-penned poems

Published April 5, 2012

It's National Poetry Month. Here are five fabulous poems by female poets, from the Algonquin Round Table's Dorothy Parker to Milwaukee's Susan Firer.


Keep the kids reading, writing over break

Published Dec. 21, 2010

Today is the last day of school at MPS before the winter break and schools superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton has issued some suggestions for family fun. High on his list -- and on mine -- is reading with your kids. But get them writing, too.


WriteCamp reaches out to local writers

Published April 16, 2009

The Milwaukee Writers Workshop launches WriteCamp, the first free writing conference of its kind in the Midwest, on June 6, at Mercy Hill church at The Hide House in Milwaukee.


Waukesha magazine is wealth of information for writers

Published March 24, 2003

In 1887, two Boston Globe reporters started a small publication to help writers with their craft and careers. Today, this magazine, called The Writer, is one of America's most popular writing magazines, and is created and published every month in suburban Waukesha. Read on for writing advice and more from the magazine's editor, Elfrieda Abbe.