High Point Inn Celebrates the poetry of Barbara Larsen

Sponsored by the High Point Inn Poetry Contest

Barbara Larsen of Sister Bay has been named Door County’s Poet Laureate for 2011. Larsen who has published 6 volumes of poetry, finds inspiration in Door County’s natural beauty. Her duties as Poet Laureate encompass something she has been doing since moving to Door County in 1986 – sharing her love of the written word with the people of her community.

In an April 14, 2011 Peninsula Pulse article Gary Jones gives us a glimpse of the passion Larsen feels for poetry:

In some respects Larsen has been functioning as an informal poet laureate for years. She has published six volumes of her verse (two with illustrations by Gretchen Maring); wrote Trilogy, poetry that was set to music and performed by the Peninsula Chamber Singers; and has offered poetry writing workshops at The Clearing, Bjorklunden, Scandia Village, and Gibraltar Schools. She is active in two writing groups that she helped to found, the Wallace Group and Unabridged Poets.

Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Free Verse (now Verse Wisconsin), Rag Mag, the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, and the Wisconsin People and Ideas Magazine. She has won awards in the Peninsula Pulse Hal Grutzmacher poetry writing contest, and in 1995 received the Jade Ring for poetry in a competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association.

Barbara Larsen is going to spend 2011 as Door County’s poet evangelist and we will be a richer community because of her work. Larsen will serve a two-year term and is expected to compose poems related to the community and for special occasions, as well as serving as the community’s “literary ambassador.”

And don’t forget to enter the High Point Inn acrostic poetry contest. Click here for details.

Door County Poetry Contest: Win a Night at the High Point Inn!

High Point Inn presents an “acrostic” poem competition. Entrants are to use the letters in DOOR COUNTY to create your acrostic poem. Your poem should include each letter of DOOR COUNTY as a new line. (Please see example below.) The winner will receive a free night in one of our spacious suites, A book of poetry by Door County’s NORB BLEI (Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem), a gift certificate from a local coffee shop, an empty journal to fill with future poetry and a pen! The winner will be announced on Friday, May 13.

All poems will be posted on our Facebook page and voted on by a panel of acrostic enthusiasts. Please send your entries along with your name, address and phone number to: info@highpointinn.com. Please put POEM CONTEST in the subject. We will post all poems on our Facebook page.

Here is our first entry:
Dare to write
Of days gone by
On this Door Peninsula
Remember well the memories

Cherry picking it may be
Or playing on the beach
Under trees within the park
Nature at its best
Tell a tale of Door County
You may soon impress!

Good luck to everyone and be sure to tell your friends and family!

THIS IS AN ONGOING CONTEST FROM TODAY UNTIL MAY 13.  EMAIL YOUR ENTRY TO info@highpointinn.com Thanks!

High Point Inn Celebrates the poetry of Norbert Blei

 


Sponsored by the High Point Inn Poetry Contest

Norb Blei has enriched the lives of his readers with truth-telling poetry and prose. He is a journalist, a teacher, a publisher and editor, a novelist and writer of non-fiction, a painter and a poet. His writing brings to life the characters and landscapes that have surrounded him, both urban and rural. From the Czechoslovakian neighborhood where he grew up in Chicago to the rural villages and towns he now observes from his chicken coop/studio in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Blei’s character studies never disappoint as he transports readers from the taverns of Door County to the coffee counter at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, capturing the banter of everyday life that provides nourishment to the residents of a small community.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Blei’s essay ‘Shut the Damn Door’ written in 1992 implored residents and county officials to be wary of over-development on our tiny peninsula. ‘Take any dirt road and get lost,’ Blei concludes. ‘You may discover the real value of this place. You may discover yourself.’

And just when you think you have defined the man and his life’s work, comes Blei’s role as a teacher, most recently his very popular writing classes offered at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. Rounding off the activities of this Door County Renaissance man is his role of mentor, publisher and editor featuring the writings of other authors at Cross+Roads Press. Check out the titles and purchase something, it feels good to support the art of writing!

Today, thanks to the Internet, Norb Blei’s writings are reaching “the global village” with sites originating in Russia and France as well as the U.S. Visit Norb Blei’s many websites and check out the creative output of one of Door County’s human treasurs: NorbBlei.com, Basho’s Road.com, and PoetryDispatchandOtherNotesfromtheUnderground.com.

Scroll down and listen to Blei reading his poem 29th Going for Milk accompanied by classical guitarist Jim Spector
Listen in as Norb Blei interviews his longtime friend Al Johnson at DoorPodShow.com

And don’t forget to enter the High Point Inn acrostic poetry contest. Click here for details.

Also check out John Nelson’s excellent Wikipedia.org page on Norb.

Door County’s High Point Inn Celebrates National Poetry Month

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Ephraim’s High Point Inn salutes the world of poetry by celebrating April as National Poetry Month. National Poetry Month was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Throughout the years many poetic words have been written about Door County. Poet Frances May of Sturgeon Bay, was declared the first Poet Laureate of Door County. Door County author Norb Blei is a fierce promoter of the work of Frances May, whose writings bore gritty, yet at times sentimental testament to a long life spent on the Door peninsula. Below is May’s last poem from THE RAIN BARREL published posthumously in 2005 by Blei’s Cross+Roads Press.

To All My Friends
Poets don’t die.
They go away somewhere to hide
from the pretenders.
The borderline is a circle
of stumps you can see past
if you stand on your toes
and let the grass spring up
between your toes.
The cotton in your head floats away
and lets you see clearly.
I see bluebirds,
minnows in the creek,
and go back to my violin.
–Frances

Norb Blei has written many words about Frances May. Click here, scroll down a bit and you can read a heartfelt tribute to the woman who used the written word to flesh out the real story of life in Door County. Purchase Frances May’s books of poetry at Cross+Roads Press or check them out through the Door County Library.

And please enter our acrostic poetry contest in honor of National poetry Month!

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High Point Inn presents an “acrostic” poem competition. Entrants are to use the letters in DOOR COUNTY to create your acrostic poem. Your poem should include each letter of DOOR COUNTY as a new line. (Please see example below.) The winner will receive a free night in one of our spacious suites, A book of poetry by Door County’s NORB BLEI (Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem), a gift certificate from a local coffee shop, an empty journal to fill with future poetry and a pen! The winner will be announced on Friday, May 13.

All poems will be posted on our Facebook page and voted on by a panel of acrostic enthusiasts. Please send your entries along with your name, address and phone number to: info@highpointinn.com. Please put POEM CONTEST in the subject. We will post all poems on our Facebook page.

Here is our first entry:
Dare to write
Of days gone by
On this Door Peninsula
Remember well the memories

Cherry picking it may be
Or playing on the beach
Under trees within the park
Nature at its best
Tell a tale of Door County
You may soon impress!

Good luck to everyone and be sure to tell your friends and family!

THIS IS AN ONGOING CONTEST FROM TODAY UNTIL MAY 13.  EMAIL YOUR ENTRY TO info@highpointinn.com Thanks!

A DOOR COUNTY poetry contest at High Point Inn!

Here in Door County at the High Point Inn we are trying to liven things up a bit.  With the arrival of spring and the oncoming summer season we thought it would be fun to have a little acrostic poetry contest.

We are looking for acrostic poems about Door County and what it means to you!  The winner will receive a free night in one of our suites, a book of poetry by Door County’s own NORB BLEI (Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem), a gift certificate from a local coffee shop, an empty journal to fill with future poetry and a pen!

Join us on Facebook for this poetry contest today!  Entries can be e-mailed to info@highpointinn.com along with name and contact information.  If you have any questions about the contest you can get more details on Facebook or give us a call at 1-800-595-6894.  We are looking forward to all the entries!