Author, Barbara Larsen will be the next poet featured in the Door County Unitarian Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series, sharing her work on May 12 at 7 pm, followed by an open mic.
Barbara Larsen believes in the power and truth of poetry and in its ability to connect with the hearts and minds of readers.
Much of her work is inspired by the beauty in nature around her home on a bluff overlooking Green Bay waters in Door County. She finds the constant changes of sky and water each day to be endlessly fascinating. Seasons go by and furnish constant sources of material to write about.
Family memories and humorous incidents in her life also find their way into words. An avid reader, influences of other writers help shape some of her work. Many of her poems have a strong philosophical bent.
Active in Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for many years, she now concentrates on the many public poetry activities of Door County. She is a member of the Unabridged Poets and the Wallace Group where she joins other poets in polishing skills and critiquing each other’s work. She has won literary awards and her poems have appeared in numerous publications.
Books she has published are: Beach Road Year; Pine Ridge, 1937; Tea Leaves; Bjorklunden Sketches, in collaboration with Gretchen Maring; All in Good Season; and her latest, Finding Tongues in Trees.
Other poets are encouraged to read their poetry during an open mic session following the featured poet. The recently published book No Breath Is Lost, a compilation of poems read during the inaugural Dickinson Series 2009-2010 will be available for purchase.
The Dickinson Poetry Series is held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. Following the featured poet’s reading, an open mic is available for seasoned and budding poets to share their own writings. The Series is free and open to the public.