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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Winter/Spring 2021

In this issue: We get to know the new Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, and discover a new sustainably operated and tribal-run fish processing company on the shores of Lake Superior. Wisconsin art is increasingly defined by first generation artists, a few of whom we profile, and an essay reveals how one artist is living—and creating—with Parkinson's disease. Brand new creative writing from our 2020 fiction contest 2nd-place winner and honorable mention poets, and reviews of three new books by Wisconsin authors.

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Photograph of Academy director Jane Elder

Have dwindling investments in  K-12  civics and social studies led us to our current cultural/political moment?

Photo of editor Jason A. Smith

From a clammy basement office in the Academy’s Steenbock Center, Marieli Rowe ran a nonprofit called the National Telemedia Council.

Commercial Red Cliff Band fishermen like Junior Gurnoe (left) make their living from the waters of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Photo courtesy of Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

A tribally owned and operated, zero-waste processing plant and retail shop opens on the Red Cliff Reservation just north of Bayfield.

Photo of Ruth DeYoung Kohler II

Ruth DeYoung Kohler was a long-time supporter of the Academy and its arts programming.

A 1995 photo of the artist Arthur Kdav in Lake Geneva, Illinois. Photo by Heather Swan.

My dad, the artist Arthur Kdav, didn’t tell anyone when he noticed the first signs of his disease.

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton stands in front of The Rebirthing of the Earth Mother, a mural artist Tia Richardson created in 2018 for an exterior wall of the Historic Garfield Apartments (originally Garfield Street School) in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Photo by TJ Lambert/Stages Photography

Poet. Teacher. Mentor. Maker. It has taken Dasha Kelly Hamilton decades to find a fitting title for her role.

Internationally renowned coffin maker Eric Adjetey Anang is part of a vanguard of immigrant and first-generation American artists who call Wisconsin home. Steven J. Erickson, 2017.

Six first-generation immigrant artists describe how moving to Wisconsin has affected their artwork and their careers.

Closeup of purple carnation

The woman stands in a yellow sundress and sandals, snow circling her blue ankles. It’s January in Milwaukee, and she’s out on the street half-naked.

Photo of book jacket cover and author

What constitutes reality and what is merely enticing fantasy?

Photo of book jacket cover and author

Few things have shaped our state more than the Wisconsin Idea. But what the heck is it?

image of author and book cover

A picaresque autobiographical journey that focuses on the simultaneous sense of belonging and dispossession that immigrants and their first-generation children often face.

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