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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Fall 2021

In this issue: Take a walk inside Ruth DeYoung Kohler’s visionary Art Preserve in Sheboygan. Accompany Nickolas Butler out to the Driftless area to learn about conservation efforts by Doug Duren that reach far beyond Wisconsin. Fabu Phillis Carter does for Mary Lou Williams, the storied jazz musician, composer, and band leader, what Alice Walker did for Zora Neale Hurston. Explore The Last Glacier Project, at our James Watrous Gallery, a collaboration between three artists of international renown who are documenting the impact of our warming planet on glaciers. And read the first-place story from this year’s fiction contest, the first- through third-place poems, and reviews of two new books by Wisconsin authors.

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Photo of Jane Elder in front of Academy offices

A ten-year journey carrying the vision forward comes to an end.

Photo of Jason A. Smith

You might have noticed something different about our cover.

The installation of sculptures by Nek Chand at the Art Preserve is suggestive of the way the artist layered his work at his Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India

Ruth DeYoung Kohler's visionary Art Preserve, the first musem of its kind in the counry, promises to be an unconventional art destination.

Mary Lou Williams sitting at a piano

A centennial celebration of the First Lady of Jazz reveals the surprising role that Madison plays in the life and music of legendary jazz artist Mary Lou Williams. 

woman walking on a nature trail

The Poetry Trail in Newport State Park at the tip of Door Peninsula offers a unique experience of poetry, community, and nature.

Doug Duren at his land in the Driftless Region

Living and working on a fourth-generation farm in the Driftless area, Doug Duren's passion for the land has made him one of the most influential conservationists in Wisconsin, and beyond.

Crop of Todd Anderson's Tyndall Glacier, ROMO–The Last Glacier

Three artists collaborate to capture the majesty of Earth's remaining glaciers.

Country Road with Sunset

It happened on graduation night after the ceremony was over.

The Comfort of Monsters Cover and author headshot

The Comfort of Monsters casts a wide net over a neglected city and its people.

Nickolas Butler Godspeed Cover and author headshot

Godspeed is a thriller by a writer with considerable literary chops.

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