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Untitledtown Today!

I’ll be at the Untitled Two Book and Author Festival today and tomorrow. Today at 11:00 a.m. I’ll be working the book fair with my daughter, Mary Wood, at the Broadway Center at Old Fort Square in downtown Green Bay.

At 5:00 p.m. I am giving a reading at the Aardvark Wine Lounge at 204 South Pine Street.

Then, tomorrow, at 2:00 p.m. Kat Abbot, a writer and television producer from Madison, and I will be doing a workshop: Beyond the Game of Thrones Worldbuilding in SF and Fantasy. Want to know how to write a SF or fantasy novel, play, television, or movie script? Kat Abbot and I can give you some really practical advice.

Featured Presenters at the festival? Roxane Gay * R.L. Stine * Kristen Radtke * Danez Smith * Christopher Moore * Michael Perry * José Orduña * Hillary Jordan *Peter Geye *Dan Chaon

I hope everyone that is interested in building a book culture in Northeastern Wisconsin floods downtown Green Bay!

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Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit

P.K. Adams

Guest blog by DM Denton

Without the Veil BetweenIn the mid-1990s, while organizing bookshelves, I happened upon my miniature copy of Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë’s debut novel. Flipping through it I stopped at Chapter 24, The Sands, set in Scarborough on the north-east Yorkshire coast. I was reminded of my visit there in March 1974, which took me up to the town’s medieval castle and into the yard of St. Mary’s church where Anne was buried. I was intrigued to find her interred apart from her family, away from Haworth village and the beautifully brutish moors of West Yorkshire that she and her sisters were associated with.

Even when all I had to go on was a hunch, I recognized Anne as something of a rebel—not in defiance but for discovery. My curiosity is always piqued more by the neglected than the celebrated, so I wanted to explore the connection I felt with…

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In praise of independent publishing

This is a small essay by Deborah Bennison, who is the proprietor of Bennison Books that published my epic poem, The Weirding Storm. I am deeply grateful to Deborah who is an absolutely outstanding editor. The Weirding Storm would not be as good as it is without her superior skills. I really value this essay, which originally appeared in The Wagon Magazine.

Bennison Books

This article by Deborah Bennison, the founder of Bennison Books, first appeared in The Wagon Magazine.


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The Holy Work

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To the Browns Twenty-five Mesa

He presented to us
a bag of brown beans.
The work of growing food
begins with irrigating the fields,
he said,
then planting seeds…
more irrigation
and finally harvesting.

It is holy work,
like teachers and the holy men do,
the growing of food.
It Is something sacred:
work and joy together.

Note:  Linda Brown blogs at https://coloradofarmlife.com.  Tom and I visited her and Terry, her husband, during our trip to Colorado.

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Himalayan Goddess, Ridgeway, Colorado

photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis
white statue

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How to Dress on a Winter Day

a photograph by Sonja Bingen
How to Dress on a Winter Day

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Celestial Bird: A Poem

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

One
became caught
last night
in my net.

This morning
I untangled him —
eyes true and bright,
magnificent iridescent feathers,
and a warm beating heart
that stayed in my hand
as I threw him up into the air
so he could
continue his flight
across the universe.

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