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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Summer 2022

In this issue: We venture out for a new take on farm-to-table at Together Farms in Buffalo County. Sit in on a conversation with artist Kyoung Ae Cho, whose work merges the natural and the man-made, and the physical and the spiritual. Learn how experts in Wisconsin are contributing to the response to the pandemic, and read about an unlikely collaboration between artist, scientists, and musicians in Melody for a Melting Glacier. In one of our largest and most colorful stories yet, discover the important mid-century monumental mosaics in Milwaukee and learn about the remarkable artists who made them. This issue also features more reviews of books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as stellar new fiction and poetry from several up-and-coming Wisconsin writers that you do not want to miss. 


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Recently, I have been hearing a lot about resilience, the invaluable quality that is essential to maintaining daily life during times of crisis and which is also the underpinning of great achievements.

Summer means different things in different places.

We strike out for Together Farms one evening in mid-May. The minivan is packed tight: every bench and bucket seat claimed by one family member or another.

“Forward” by Marjorie Kreilick. Located in the Milwaukee State Office Building. Photo: Eric Vogel

I’ve accepted the idea that art and architecture are one and the same… anything you call separately as art, whether it be sculpture, or painting, or mosaic, or any other form of expression, it must be an integrated part of the whole.

A scientist in a lab coat and gloves uses a pipette

Three public health experts in Wisconsin provide invigorating insights as they share their experiences working on Covid-related research.

Image: Bruce Crownover, Blackfoot Glacier, 2014. Reductive woodcut, 24 x 36 in.

This is a story about creative, unlikely collaborations, and connections between artists, scientists, and musicians.

Kyoung Ae Cho, Last Place He Stopped By, 2020. Temporary wooden crematory box, fabric from Father’s suit pants, thread, 8 x 8 x 8 in.

One of the great privileges of working at the Watrous Gallery is getting to know the artists and gaining a fuller understanding of their creative process.

Climate change is real. That’s not news to elders in Wisconsin’s Native American communities. They see it, they feel it, and they are taking action to deal with it.

Dad and I had each of us shot a buck and back at the truck we shared with quiet abandonment how it all had gone down. We were leaning against my grandpa’s Ford. Grandpa came up and congratulated me.

University of Wisconsin Press, 472 pages, $39.95

More than two billion years of Earth history, and thousands of years of human history, have shaped the physical landscape in Wisconsin and, in turn, influences how we live with the land. In The Geography of Wisconsin, written by John A.

Doubleday, 240 pages, $24

The narrator of Jackie Polzin’s memorable first novel, “Brood,” pays exquisite attention to the seemingly ordinary world around her.

Turning Plow Press, 143 pages, $24

Wisconsin poet Maryann Hurtt’s groundbreaking new book, Once Upon a Tar Creek: Mining for Voices, gives poetic voice to hard truths about Oklahoma’s Tar Creek environmental disaster.

Grove Press, 208 pages, $17

In her debut story collection Milk Blood Heat, Dantiel W. Moniz handles the concept of human connection as if it were a jewel, inspecting its every facet, glint, and shadow.

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