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Imagine! Poetry Reading Series: Poems that Go Bump in the Night

Thursday, October 30
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Imagine! Poetry Reading Series: Poems that Go Bump in the Night

Doris Bezio is an artist and poet from De Pere.  She has been published in the Peninsula Pulse, Fox Cry Review and Your Daily Poem among others, and is working on two books of her poetry.

 

Amy Crane Johnson is a native of Green Bay and a graduate of UW-Green Bay with a degree in English Literature. Her poetry has been published in The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Wisconsin Poet's Calendar, The Alsop Review anthology, Crossing the Rubicon anthology and Eclectica. She has also published four children's bilingual picture books called the Solomon Raven series. Amy also belongs to an artists' group called The Fiber Fanatics, and her current work includes papier-mâché and upcycling projects.  

 

Louis Vincent Clark III (also known as Two Shoes) was born and raised on the Oneida Reservation, where he was taught the oral tradition of storytelling. Full of imagination --  not quite red, not quite white – his poetry flirts with the humorous aspects of many of life's situations.  His first chapbook "Two Shoes" was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and the University of Arkansas. He has received a Fellowship award sponsored by the Oneida Arts program, The Wisconsin Arts Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a guest speaker at Clarion University in Pennsylvania as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers Series. He was also a featured poet at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ spring conference and the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh.  He is honored to be a poet in the schools and was a guest DJ on WOGB 103.1. He is a dedicated husband of 42 years, father, grandfather, and Paul Hornung has called twice to discuss writing a book. 

Nancy Sweetland

Thursday, November 6
6:30 pm at The Reader's Loft

Nancy Sweetland

A Reader's Loft Book Group Discussion


From Divine Garden Press:

A picture-perfect coastline provides the backdrop for The House on the Dunes, a sweet yet mysterious and shocking tale. Surprised by inheriting spectacular emeralds and a lavish home on Lake Michigan, Olivia Hobart is compelled to uncover the secrets of her late mother’s past. Ignoring the wishes of her controlling husband, Olivia temporarily separates herself from him and her disabled adult daughter to stay at the dunes house and search for the truth which has been concealed from her all her life.

Her pursuit for answers is a challenge of its own, but Olivia’s efforts are further complicated by dangerous incidents, proving that what she doesn’t know can hurt her. Could someone else lay claim to the missing emeralds? Is her nearest neighbor—the attractive grandson of the house’s original owner—romantically interested in her or only attempting to regain what he sees as his rightful estate? Is the house’s seemingly innocent caretaker really a pawn in this baffling plot?

With only the help of the clue her mother left for her to find, Olivia brings to light the small town affair that could cost her the only life she has ever known. 

Orphan Doors

Tuesday, November 11
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

Orphan Doors

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion

Publisher's Comments:

When Bea Seidl was a young girl growing up in the Fox River Valley in northeastern Wisconsin, she was abruptly chaperoned in a fancy new dress to a new life. Before she could hardly make sense of what was happening, she was the newest resident of St. Joseph's Orphanage in Green Bay, where stern nuns, rigid regimens, and scant tenderness defined her days. She emerged from eight years there hard of heart and spirit but soon embarked on a life journey to rediscover the meaning of family in ways she did not imagine possible.

Orphan Doors is Seidl's inspiring, poignant memoir of survival and personal strength that is certain to resonate with anyone who believes in the resiliency of the human heart. Both deeply felt and delightfully humorous, her firsthand account of an abusive home and abandonment charts her beginnings in a dysfunctional family to her own attempts as an adult to forge a family of her own, a desire at times met with tragedy and ultimately with profound joy. In 1942, Seidl was given over to St. Joseph's Orphanage, with no explanation as to why her mother Glenda lost custody of her and her siblings. Most traumatic for the author was the loss of her older sister, who had long served as her protector in their chaotic household. At the punitive hands of Sister Edythe and other sisters at the orphanage, young Beatrice was given little comfort, immersing herself in schoolwork. However, she eventually found a rewarding life for herself in her beautiful and tender husband, Ken. It was not too long before fate intervened and a young, widowed Beatrice had to find a new path to a fulfilling, family life- and even a way back to the Catholic Church as a gratifying vocation.

As Seidl rises above dark days and emotional isolation, Orphan Doors offers an uplifting story of hope, happiness, and a good dose of plain silliness. It's a heartfelt testament to love, reconnection, and the healing power of laughter.

Kevin J. Miyazaki

Wednesday, November 12
6:30 pm at The Reader's Loft

Kevin J. Miyazaki

Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls "a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan." Miyazaki set up his portable studio on beaches, in parks, on boat docks, and in backyards, photographing those he met along the way. From residents, environmental scientists, and artists to a Native American water rights advocate, surfers, and commercial fishermen, Lake Michigan holds a powerful place in the life of each. Many shared their thoughts with him on why this body of water is important to all. Miyazaki also photographed the water as he went, creating waterscapes of the ever-changing lake affected by weather and time. Perimeter gathers these images together, creating a diverse portrait of both people and a place, encapsulating Lake Michigan's significance to those who are drawn to it.

Kevin J. Miyazaki is a Milwaukee-based editorial and fine art photographer. His work has appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Living, Travel + Leisure, Midwest Living, and The New York Times Magazine. His series Camp Home, in which he documents the reuse of Japanese internment camp barracks from World War II, has been exhibited at the Photo Center NW and SOIL Gallery in Seattle, the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the James Watrous Gallery in Madison. Miyazaki’s work can be seen at

Dracula

Sunday, November 30
The Reader's Loft

During a business visit to Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count's transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula's grim fortress, but a friend's strange malady -- involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds -- initiates a frantic vampire hunt. The popularity of Bram Stoker's 1897 horror romance is as deathless as any vampire. Its supernatural appeal has spawned a host of film and stage adaptations, and more than a century after its initial publication, it continues to hold readers spellbound.

The Art Forger

Tuesday, December 9
6:00 pm at The Reader's Loft

The Art Forger

A Reader's Loft Book Club Discussion

Publisher's Comments:

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting — one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum — in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting — the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner — is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. It’s a dazzling novel about seeing — and not seeing — the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

Tara Meissner

Thursday, January 15
6:30 pm at The Reader's Loft

Tara Meissner

Tara Meissner is a former journalist and a lifelong creative writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and works part-time at her local library. Tara lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, and their three sons. She writes longhand in composition notebooks. Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis is her first book. 


Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis 

This psychology memoir is about the things that break us and how we heal. It offers a raw view a 33-year-old wife and mother swallowed by psychosis. The psychotic episode includes meeting Jesus Christ, party palnning with Ellen DeGeneres, and narrowly escaping eternity in the underworld. 

Casually called a nervous breakdown, psychosis is an entrapment outside of self where hallucinations and delusions anchor. Family, doctors, and fellow patients witnessed a nonverbal, confused, distraught shell of a woman. In the security of a psychiatric care center, the week-long psychosis broke and spit out a bipolar patient in the cushioned place of middle class medicine. 

Outpatient recovery consumed the better part of a year with psychiatric treatment and spiritual contemplation. Left scarred and damaged, health returned allowing her to tentatively embrace a grace and peace earned through acceptance of bipolar disorder.

                             

 

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