There has been hope amidst this pandemic, and award-winning Wisconsin author B.J. Hollars has gathered it up to share at a special Conversations and Coffee event at 10 a.m., Sept. 25 at Write On, Door County. Hollars will be joined by local writers whose essays and poems on hope they found appear in his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic.
Door County area contributors will join Hollars in sharing the Hope they found during this special discussion. Contributors scheduled to appear include Rebecca Meacham, author of two award-winning fiction collections and a UW-Green Bay English professor; Sharon Auberle, the Door County Poet Laureate from 2017 to 2019; and jack-of-all trades and writer Ralph Murre, the Door County Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.
Drawing upon Emily Dickinson’s famous poem “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” Hollars called on Wisconsin writers to reflect on their own glimpses of hope in the era of COVID-19. He gathered 100 of their writings into a book that demonstrates not only that hope lives in hard times but the depth and range that such hope comes in: a dad dance, a birth plan, an unblemished banana, a visit from a neighborhood dog, the revival of an old tradition, empathy, and more.
This event is presented in person; please read our Covid-19 policy. This event is free but registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call 920-868-1457.