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Wisconsin People & Ideas 2018 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading - Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, Michael Hopkins, Jack Harris, AnnaKay Kruger, Jenna Rindo, Thomas J. Erickson, Justine Jones - <span class="date-display-single">10/12/2018 - 5:00pm</span>

Wisconsin People & Ideas 2018 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

10/12/2018 - 5:00pm

Room of One's Own

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents a reading featuring the winners of their 2018 Fiction and Poetry Contest.


Fiction readers include:


  • [1st place] Michael Hopkins, Neenah -- "Static"
  • [2nd] Jack Harris, Mazomanie -- "Aeshnidae"
  • [3rd] AnnaKay Kruger, Madison -- "A Sweet Thing"

Poetry readers include:


  • [1st] Jenna Rindo, Pickett -- "Head, Thorax, and Abdomen"
  • [2nd] Thomas J. Erickson, Milwaukee -- "November"
  • [3rd] Justine Jones, Madison -- "The Act"

The 2018 Fiction & Poetry Contests were supported by Wisconsin Academy donors, members, and the following sponsors: Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Book Festival, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Learn more about how to submit your work to our annual fiction and poetry contests here.

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters

About Presenter Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters


The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters produces programs and publications that explore, explain, and sustain Wisconsin thought and culture. Our signature publication is Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture; programs include the James Watrous Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts, which showcases contemporary art from Wisconsin; Academy Talks, a series of public lectures and discussion forums; Wisconsin Initiatives, exploring major sustainability issues and solutions; and a Fellows Program, which recognizes accomplished individuals with a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. The Wisconsin Academy also supports the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and many other endeavors that elevate Wisconsin thought and culture.


About Presenter Michael Hopkins


Michael Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing as a book and music critic has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Scene, and Magnet. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and has spent 35 years working in diverse research and engineering roles. An extensive world traveller, Hopkins currently lives on a farmette near Neenah with his wife and their dog, cats, and chickens.

About Presenter Jack Harris


Originally from Mazomanie, Jack Harris is a Creative Writing and Graphic Design student at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. At Augustana, Harris is pursuing his lifelong passion for creating, especially fiction through his work in the college’s student magazine, SAGA, and learning new ways in which writing can change the world.

About Presenter AnnaKay Kruger


AnnaKay Kruger is a freelance writer living in Madison. She specializes in subjects related to science, technology, and food, but writes creatively whenever given the chance. When she’s not writing, Kruger can be found roaming the city on an orange bicycle or enjoying a glass of Shiraz in the sun.

About Presenter Jenna Rindo


Jenna Rindo and her husband raised five children on five acres in Pickett, Wisconsin, where they also tend a small flock of chickens and Shetland sheep. Her poetry and essays have been published most recently in Natural Bridge, Prism Review, Tampa Review, and Bellingham Review. An avid runner and biker, Rindo competes in triathlons and road races ranging from the 5K to the marathon. A former pediatric nurse, Rindo now teaches English to non-native speakers.

About Presenter Thomas J. Erickson


Thomas J. Erickson is an attorney in Milwaukee, where he is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets. His award-winning chapbook, The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom, was published by Parallel Press in 2013. Other books include The Biology of Consciousness (Pebblebrook Press, 2016) and the forthcoming Hailstorm Interlude (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Erickson lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Daphne, and is the proud father of Charles and John.

About Presenter Justine Jones


Justine Jones holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She works at Madison East High School, and is pursuing a career as an educator and a writer.

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