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[This bibliography is number 64 in the series “Wisconsin Bibliographies in Women’s Studies” published by the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office, 430 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-5754; email: the Women’s Studies Librarian.] WISCONSIN WOMEN WRITERS OF ADULT FICTION AND POETRY 1962 – 1992
This bibliography in the series WISCONSIN BIBLIOGRAPHIES IN WOMEN’S STUDIES covers the work of 123 Wisconsin women authors of adult fiction and poetry who published one or more books between 1962-1992. While the focus is on authors of fiction or poetry, codes beside the names indicate the writers who have also produced nonfiction or plays. For authors who have published many books, the works cited are selective.
These Wisconsin writers cannot be classified according to genres, which range from historical novels to nature poems, from romances to horror tales. Nor can their writing be categorized by a particular place, although each writer has a Wisconsin connection. Some were born in Wisconsin, but others came to this state from as far away as Russia, Vietnam, India, and South Africa. At least nine women share their ethnic heritage through their work: African American, Native American, Chicana, and Japanese American.
This bibliography has been compiled so that we may share the diversity and appreciate the creativity being expressed by the women of Wisconsin — both those who grew up in the neighborhoods of this state as well as those who were transplanted to Wisconsin communities either permanently or briefly.
A list of the sources consulted to compile this bibliography is included. Sources of continuing information on Wisconsin writers are the column “Readable Wisconsin” appearing annually in an issue of Channel DLS from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Division for Library Services; the Wisconsin Library Association’s annual list of books by Wisconsin authors; and issues of the Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
Authors were selected on the basis of:
1. having resided in Wisconsin for at least a year’s time;
2. having published one or more books of fiction or poetry for adults since 1962.
F = Fiction writer
NF = Nonfiction writer
P = Poet
Pl = Playwright
FOLAMI ABIADE P
African American poet whose work has appeared in Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets (1983), A Confluence of Colors (1984), and Winter Nest (1987). Her book, There’s Magic in the Dust: We don’t need no aspirin, was published in Milwaukee in 1986. An MA thesis entitled Mythology in Film: Can Spike Lee Bring Something New to the Table? (1991) is available at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
KATHLEEN S. ABRAMS F,NF,P
Her book, Rural Route Reflections (1981), has been described as “a collection of short prose and poetry for the person who likes to walk the backwoods”. Also writes nonfiction.
ELLEN AKINS F
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. Lived in Chicago. Her latest book lists Ms. Akins as the town constable of Cornucopia, WI. Has published Home Movie: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 1988); Little Woman: A Novel (Harper & Row, 1990) and World Like a Knife (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1991) which is a collection of short stories. Her stories have also appeared in periodicals such as the Georgia Review and Southwest Review. Winner of the 1989 Whiting Writer’s Award and Ingram Merrill Foundation Award as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
JO BARTELS ALDERSON (1930 – ) NF,P,Pl
Born in Janesville, WI. A published poet, play reviewer, editor, free-lance writer and playwright. Her publications include a trilogy of poetry books entitled Owls, Owls Too and II, and Tri-Owls (Company for Wisconsin Arts Press 1980, 1984, 1988). Tri-Owls was the 1st place winner in the poetry division of the 1988 National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Competition. Past president and member of the board of directors for both the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Council of Wisconsin Writers.
PAT ALEA (1945- ) P
(Lake Geneva, Milwaukee)
Born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, went to school in Milwaukee. Currently, she’s living on a farm in Lake Geneva, WI. Has published poetry in various small magazines. Her poetry also appeared in A Change in the Weather: Midwest Women Poets (1978) which credited her with one book of poetry entitled Terrarium.
SHIRLEY BOWERS ANDERS P
Writer-in-residence at UW-Fox Valley. Poetry published in several journals and two chapbooks, Shirley Anders: Poems (1984) and The Bus Home (1986). Received the North Carolina Arts Fellowship in 1985 and a Devins Award from the University of Wisconsin Press in 1986.
ELIZABETH BALESTRIERI P,F
Taught creative writing and composition at UW-Milwaukee. Prize winning chapbook is entitled Flowers of the Mouth, Birds of the Eyes (Bucksnort Press, 1986). Her thesis entitled Geo-graphics: A Novel, Stories, Poems (1986) is available at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
BETTIANNE BALLWEG P
Her poetry appeared in The Heel of Her Skirt (1976) and her publication Echoes; The Funeral; No, Roses; Pills (too many) (Evanscent Press, 1977).
SUSAN BARTELS. See Susan Bartels Ludvigson.
MARGARET BENBOW (1944 – ) P
Born in Wisconsin. Attended school in Madison in the late 1960s. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals as well as anthologies such as The Journey Home (1989). She has had two chapbooks published: Poems by Margaret Benbow and Bride and Bear (Quixote Press).
SALLY BENFORADO (1924 – ) F,P
Born in New York state. Moved to Wisconsin over 20 years ago. She is a free-lance writer and teacher who works with the UW-Madison Continuing Education and Creative Arts/Over Sixty. In 1987, received an award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers for her collection of short fiction entitled Bring Me A Story (Floricanto Press, 1986). Has had poems published in Feminist Connection, Writing Women, and Madison Area Writers Anthology.
MARTHA BERGLAND (1945 – ) F,P
Born in Oklahoma City, OK. Earned an M.A. from UW-Milwaukee in 1976. An instructor in English at Milwaukee Area Technical College since 1984, her publications include A Farm Under a Lake (novel published by Graywolf Press, 1989); and a chapbook entitled Fish (Nemesis Press, 1975). Her short story, “An Embarrassment of Ordinary Riches” won the Council of Wisconsin Writers annual contest in 1987, was included in the Pushcart Prize XII and listed as one of “One Hundred Other Distinguished Stories” in The Best American Short Stories 1987.
ELAINE BERGSTROM F
The Wisconsin Library Association has Bergstrom listed as a Wisconsin author. Her tales of horror are Shattered Glass, Blood Alone, and Blood Rites (Jove, 1989, 1990, 1991).
LOIS BERTOLINO (1947 – ) P
Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals as well as the anthology New Poetry Out of Wisconsin (1969). At one time, she worked for the Madison Public Library. Her collection of poetry entitled Garden of Eve was published by Abraxas Press in 1968.
MARJORIE M(ARKS) BITKER (1901 – 1990) F,P,NF
Born in New York City, graduate of Barnard College, began professional writing career as an occasional journalist while working on her master’s degree at Columbia University. Married, had three daughters. Moved to Milwaukee in 1957. Wrote book reviews for the Milwaukee Journal. Under her maiden name, Marks, has published stories in the New Yorker and Parents Magazine. Her publications include Kindle an Inward Sun: Poems for the New Year (1984), Thanks for Giving and Other Poems (1990) as well as the novels A Different Flame and Gold of Evening (Popular Library, 1976, 1975). She was a board member of the Council of Wisconsin Writers from 1970 through 1977. Also listed as a founder and past president of the Friends of Wisconsin Libraries and the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library.
GRACE BOGSTEAD P
(Milwaukee, Oconto County)
A native of Oconto County in northern Wisconsin, Bogstead published a book of poetry entitled God’s Reflections Shine On Me (1977). A review in the Wisconsin Academy Review (June 1978) noted these poems were “moving, direct expressions of her religious feelings”.
JAI BRETT P
A former journalist who has lived in England, Brett with Nancy Nunn published Close But Not Touching (Spindrift Press, 1986). 26 poems in the collection were written by Brett.
JANET KAY BRICE (1954 – ) P
Born in Reedsville, WI. Her book of poetry, Sweet and Flaky, was published by Shepard Publishing in 1984.
HAZEL F. BRIGGS. See Hazel Rice.
MARY BRINGLE F
Wisconsin Library Association identified this writer as a former Wisconsinite. Currently, lives in New York and has written a number of mysteries including The Footpath Murder; Hacks at Lunch: A Novel of the Literary Life and Murder Most Gentrified.
GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917 – ) P,F
Poet and novelist. Taught poetry at a number of colleges and universities including UW-Madison in 1969. She was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1950 for Annie Allen. New York Times Book Review article by Toni Cade Bambara notes that Brooks “has been applauded for revelations of the African experience in America, particularly her sensitive portraits of black women”.
INGA GILSON CALDWELL (1897 – ) P
Attended Oshkosh State Teacher’s College (now University of Wisconsin) in 1924-25. Was a school teacher for 20 years in Waupaca, WI. A charter member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association, her books of poetry are entitled Still Waters (Bruce Humphries, 1950), Giants in My Valley, and Jonquils in December (Douglas-West, 1971, 1974).
JACKIE CALHOUN F
Born and raised in Wisconsin, lived in Indiana for 27 years, moved back to Wisconsin 1987. Divides her time between home and her cottage. Her first novel, Lifestyles, was published by Naiad Press in 1990.
ROBIN S. CHAPMAN (1942 – ) P
Has published poetry in journals such as Nimrod and Poetry as well as being a frequent contributor to the Wisconsin Academy Review. Her publications include Distance, Rate, Time: Poems and Learning to Talk: Poems (Fireweed, 1989, 1991). She received a 1990 Wisconsin Arts Board Development Award in Poetry. Ms. Chapman teaches courses in children’s language development at the UW-Madison.
KELLY CHERRY F,NF,P
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cherry has been a professor in English and writer-in-residence at University of Wisconsin- Madison since 1977. Author of several books of poetry including Lovers & Agnostics, Natural Theology, and Relativity: A Point of View as well as five novels. Has received a number of awards including being named a Notable Wisconsin Author in 1991 by the Wisconsin Library Association. WLA also recognized her for Outstanding Achievement for her book My Life & Dr. Joyce Brothers: A Novel in Stories (Algonquin, 1990). The Exiled Heart: A Meditative Autobiography was published in 1991.
LAURA CHESTER (1949 – ) NF,P
Once a resident of Wisconsin as listed in the Directory of American Poets (1973 edition). Her books of poetry include The All Night Salt Licks (Tribal Press, 1972) and Free Rein (Burning Deck, 1988).
JOSIE CHURCHILL (1895 – ) F
At the age of 84 wrote Dirt Roads: A Collection of Stories (LaCrosse Tribune/Crescent Printing, 1981) which were based on her childhood in Vernon County near Dell, Wisconsin. Has also written the sequel, Among the Hills.
LENORE MCCOMAS COBERLY (1925 – ) P,NF
Native of West Virginia, has traveled extensively in the Far East, had one of her poems published in China, teaches poetry writing to the elderly in Madison where she lives. Her two collections of poetry are Drink From a Sulphur Well (Pieris Japonica Press, 1973) and Belonging (Fireweed Press, 1989). Has also written nonfiction.
DAISY CUBIAS P
Cubias is originally from El Salvador and has traveled extensively in Central America with her bilingual poetry. Currently, lives and works in Milwaukee. Her poems have appeared in A Confluence of Colors (1984), Variedades Magazine and Catholic Worker. Her book, Children of War: Poems of Love, Pain, Hope and Determination = Los Hijos de la Guerra, was published in both Managua and the United States (1989).
SHARON CURTIS (1951 – ) F
(Madison, Milwaukee, Waukesha)
Born in Dahran, Saudia Arabia, immigrated to the United States, naturalized citizen, attended the UW-Madison. Writes romances with co-author Thomas Dale Curtis under the pseudonym, Laura London. Books include A Heart Too Proud (1978) and The Wildflower (1984).
DOROTHY DALTON (1915 – dec) P
(Green Bay, Menasha)
Born in New York City, she earned a B.S.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, did post graduate study at Columbia University and later lived in Menasha, WI for many years. Her four volumes of poetry were Poems (Olivant Press 1967), Midnight and Counting (Charas Press 1973), The Moon Rides Witness (Wolfsong 1978) and Unfinished and Holding (1984). Her poetry also appeared in journals and anthologies such as And Her Name Shall Be Demeter: An Anthology of Fox River Valley Women Poets.
XUAN MAI DANG P
Vietnamese poet whose work appears in A Confluence of Colors and Winter Nest. Published Tinh Tho Trong Mat Ngoc or The Love of Poetry is in Your Eyes (Van Hoc, CA 1982).
FRANCES DAVIES. See Leone Lewesohn.
PEGGY HANSEN DOPP F
Co-authored with Barbara Fitz Vroman the book, Tomorrow is a River (1977), which won the Council of Wisconsin Writers Award for Fiction. The novel is about life in nineteenth century Wisconsin. Dopp lives in Wild Rose, Wisconsin which is a few miles from the Tomorrow River.
MADELEINE DORAN (1905 – ) P,NF
Professor Emeritus in English of the UW-Madison. Her book of poetry, Time’s Foot, won the 1975 Banta Award given by the Wisconsin Library Association which also named her a Notable Wisconsin Author in 1980. Other publications include Something About Swans: Essays (University of Wisconsin Press, 1973). Also written nonfiction. An interview with the author is in the oral history project located in the UW-Madison archives collection.
MARJORIE DORNER (1942 – ) F,Pl
(Luxemburg, DePere, Milwaukee, Oshkosh)
Born in Luxemburg, WI. She earned her B.A. from St. Norbert College in DePere, her M.A. from Marquette University and her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Taught English at UW-Oshkosh and St. Norbert College. Currently teaching at Winona State University in Winona MN. Her novels include Family Closets (McGraw-Hill 1989), Freeze Frame (Morrow 1990) and Winter Roads, Summer Fields (Milkweed 1991).
SUE DORO (1937 – ) F,P
Once a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Feminist Writer’s Guild, her books are Of Birds and Factories (People’s Books & Crafts 1983); Heart, Home and Hard Hats: The Non- traditional Work & Words of a Woman Machinist & Mother (Midwest Villages & Voices 1986); and Blue Collar Goodbyes (1992).
SUSAN HERR ENGBERG (1940 – ) F
Born in Dubuque, Iowa. Earned a B.A. from Lawrence University in Appleton in 1962. Since college, she has lived in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and Iowa. In 1979, moved back to Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters. Her collection of short stories, Pastorale (Univ. of Illinois Press 1982), won the 1983 Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. The titles of her other collections are A Stay by the River (Viking 1985) and Sarah’s Laughter and Other Stories (Knopf 1991). Has also published short stories in such publications as Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner.
ROSE ESTES F
Writer of science fiction/fantasy novels. Authored eight of the Dungeons and Dragon series. Other titles include Blood of the Tiger and Brother to the Lion, each a volume of the Saga of the Lost Lands.
SARAH WEBSTER FABIO (1928 – 1979) P,Pl
Black playwright, poet, and a professor of Afro-American literature born in Nashville, TN. She taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 shortly before her death. One of her publications was entitled A Mirror : A Soul (1969) was a 2 part volume of poems.
HELEN FAHRBACH (1919 – ) P
Born in Neenah, WI, she lived in Menasha where she worked as a special services librarian. Ms. Fahrbach has retired, lives and writes in Neenah, teaches creative writing workshops and is active in writing organizations across the state. Her two collections are entitled No One Rides the Carousel & Other Poems (Butte Des Morts Press 1978 and A Thousand Journeys: Poems (Perin Press 1989). Has also had poems published in various journals including the Wisconsin Academy Review.
JEAN FERACA (1943 – ) P
Born in New York City, she has been with Wisconsin Public Radio since 1984. She produces and hosts a daily call-in talk show. Her poetry has appeared in several journals including the special issue of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters entitled Wisconsin Poetry (1991). Her collection of poetry, South from Rome: Il Mezzogiorno was published by Larkspur Press in 1976. She is the winner of the 1975 Discovery Award.
ANN EVELYN FILEMYR P,NF
Once a member of the Milwaukee chapter of the Feminist Writer’s Guild, her publications include Journey of Hags: Come With Me, This Is Our Journey and Like All Journeys, It is a Circle, a Cycle, a Revolution, a Dance (Wicked Witch of the Midwest 1981) and Thinking (P. Scobey’s Vintage Press 1987). Also has written nonfiction.
SUSAN FIRER (1948 – ) P
Teaches at the UW-Milwaukee and has been awarded an Academy of American Poets prize and a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies such as A Change in the Weather: Midwest American Poets (1978). Her collections are entitled Her Hands Were Old & Other Poems (Albatross Press 1972) and My Life With the Tsar & Other Poems (New Rivers Press 1979).
VICTORIA FORD P
Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review and the Wisconsin Poets Calendar 1987. Ford was a co-winner in the First Dane County Poetry Competition. Her collection is entitled Following the Swans (Fireweed 1988).
RUTH MARY FOX P,NF
(Racine, Milwaukee, Madison)
A professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has also taught at Edgewood College in Madison. A collection of her poetry, Some Did Return, was published by Wakebrooks House in 1976. Her poetry also appeared in a variety of magazines as well as the anthology New Poetry Out of Wisconsin (1969).
RONA GAHR P
Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies including Poetry Out of Wisconsin V (1980). She has had one book, Mood Poetry for Mother (Triton Press 1978), published . She lives in Milwaukee.
MARGARET GEORGE F
Born in Nashville, TN, her early childhood was spent overseas in such places as Taiwan, Israel and Germany because her father was a career diplomat. George has lived in Wisconsin since 1975 when her husband joined the faculty of the UW Medical School in Madison. Her first novel, The Autobiography of Henry VIII (St. Martin’s Press 1986) won the 1987 Banta Award given by the Wisconsin Library Association.
BARBARA BROWNE GIBSON (1930 – ) P,NF
Her poetry appeared in New Poetry Out of Wisconsin (1969) which noted she was in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her books include Say My Name (Cronopios 1963) and In The Water of Crystal Lake I Float Free (Morgan Press, 1969). The latter volume was also illustrated by the author. She co-authored Our Bedroom’s Underground: Poems (Kenwood 1963) with Morgan Gibson.
NOREEN GILPATRICK F
Currently living in Wisconsin, her book Piano Man (St. Martin’s Press 1991) was chosen as the Best First Traditional Mystery in the First Annual St. Martin’s Press Malice Domestic Contest. The setting for this mystery is the Puget Sound from where she was transplanted.
MARIA GITIN (1946 – ) P,NF
Born in Petaluma, CA, she now lives and teaches English in California. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972-73 (finished her B.A. at Antioch University 1979). Her poetry has appeared in the anthology In Touch: Poems by Women (1972) as well as in her two collections entitled Little Movies (Ithaca House 1975) and Night Shift (Blue Wind Press 1977). Has also published a cookbook.
IEFKE GOLDBERGER P
Born of Dutch parents in Spain, she was educated in Utrecht, The Hague and Amsterdam. Moved to California in 1957 and to Wisconsin in 1960. At one time, Goldberger taught Dutch at the UW-Madison as well as working as a librarian in the Rare Book Department of Memorial Library. Has since moved to Milwaukee. Her poetry has appeared in several journals such as Delta (The Netherlands) and Lynx. Her poetry collections are entitled The Catch (1982) and The Weeping Crab (Sol Press 1984).
JUDY GREENSPAN P
Greenspan is listed in the Wisconsin section of the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers. Her poetry collections are entitled We Are All Lesbians and To Lesbians Everywhere (Violet Press 1972, 1976).
JANE HAMILTON (1957 – ) F
Lives, works and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novel, The Book of Ruth (Anchor Books 1988), won both the 1989 Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association as well as the 1989 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation award for best first novel. Her short stories have also appeared in Harper’s magazine.
PORTIA HANSON P
Her chapbook, Of Water (Valhalla Publications 1986), was reviewed in the Wisconsin Academy Review of Books (1987). The review noted that Hanson was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
CONSTANCE OLSON HAYES F,NF
Grew up in Stoughton, WI. Lived in Washington D.C. area for most of her married life. She published The Lure of New York & Other Stories in 1975 and The Mood of Youth & Other Stories in 1986. Has also written an autobiography.
INEZ HERNANDEZ P
A Chicana/Native American poet of Nez Perce heritage whose poems appeared in Winter Nest (1987). Her publications include Con Razon Corazon or No Wonder My Heart (1980). She now lives in Davis, California.
P. C. HODGELL (Patricia Christine 1951 – ) F
Born in Des Moines, she was a teacher of English at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1981 to 1985. She has been working on her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. As a writer of fantasy novels, her publications include God Stalk (1982).
ELLEN HUNNICUTT F
(Big Bend, Milwaukee)
Born in Indiana, she has lived with her family in Big Bend, Wisconsin for over 20 years. Gives piano lessons and has taught creative writing at Waukesha County Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her publication, In the Music Library (University of Pittsburgh 1987) is a collection of short stories which won the 1988 Drue Heinz Literary prize. Her first novel, Suite for Calliope (Walker & Co. 1987), was the 1988 winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Banta Award.
MYRTLE COOK JACKSON P
(Knapp, Shawano, Stevens Point, Eau Claire, Green Bay)
Graduate of Stevens Point State Teacher’s Normal School and Eau Claire State. She originally “wrote out” for her first Teacher Certificate in 1907 when she graduated from grade school. Began publishing poetry in the 1940s and was included in Poetry Out of Wisconsin V (1980). Her collections are The Butternut Tree (Christopher 1970), Trillium & Mayflowers (1967) and Sunshine on the Trees (Windfall Press 1962). In 1980, she was a resident of Green Bay.
TERESA KENNEDY (1953 – ) F,NF
Attended the UW-Madison where she majored in dramatics and creative writing. Has worked as an assistant literary agent, a free-lance editor and a professional fortune-teller. Currently, she resides in New York. Two of her short stories appear in Wisconsin Images (Wisconsin Arts Board 1978). She has published a novel entitled Baby Todd and the Rattlesnake Stradivarius (St. Martin’s Press 1987). Also has written young adult novels under the pseudonym Kate Vickery.
MARY KIRCHOFF F
The Wisconsin Library Association identified Ms. Kirchoff as a Wisconsin writer. She writes fantasy novels such as Kendermore which is a volume in the Dragonlance series.
JUDITH KIRKWOOD P
Her poem, “Dear Paul”, is included in the Hometown Poets on Wisconsin Rag series published by Small Planets Press in 1991. Her collection of poetry entitled The Climate of Dreams was also published by Small Planets Press in 1979.
MARY KITTREDGE (1949 – ) F,NF
This mystery writer was identified as a Wisconsin writer by the Wisconsin Library Association. Her books include Dead and Gone (Walker 1989); Fatal Diagnosis: An Edwina Crusoe Mystery (St. Martin’s Press 1990); and Barbara McClintock (Chelsea House 1991).
CHARYL KNEEVERS P
Once a member of the Milwaukee chapter of the Feminist Writer’s Guild, she has published one collection of poetry entitled Heartwood Echoes (Singing Stone Press 1983).
ELLEN KORT (1936 – ) P,F,NF
(Glenwood, Clintonville, Menomonie, Appleton)
Born in Glenwood, raised in Menomonie, lives in Appleton. A mother of six children who has worked as an assistant manager and talk show host on a radio station in Appleton. She has written poetry, short stories, articles, humorous essays, and children’s books as well as editing an anthology of Fox Valley Women Poets entitled And Her Name is Demeter (1981). The Wisconsin Academy Review states in the review of her collection, There Is Something Ancient Here (Woelfinger Press 1986), that hers is “a voice resonant with Wisconsin country sounds and images, and her readers are blessed with poetry that explores not only her past but the past of us all”.
CATHERINE M. KRUEGER (1908 – ) F,NF
A Wisconsin writer as identified by the Wisconsin Library Association, her publications include Songs in the Night & Other Stories (Vintage Press 1975) and Mother Was a Bachelor (Vantage 1983). She has also published a biography of her husband, Arthur Michael Krueger (1910-1973), a United Church of Christ clergyman, entitled Letters to Art: A Biography of Sorrow, A Celebration of Hope (Vantage 1978).
PEG CARLSON LAUBER (1938 – ) P
Born in Detroit, she now teaches creative writing and women’s literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies such as A Change in the Weather: Midwest Women Poets (Rhiannon Press 1978) which she also edited. Her chapbooks are entitled Locked in the Wayne County Courthouse (Rhiannon Press) and Wonderful Things Refuse to Happen in Grand Rapids (Piirto Press 1979).
MARY (BARTELT) LEADER F,NF
(Milwaukee, Shorewood, Mequon)
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Earned an A.A. degree from the University of San Antonio, a B.A. from the University of Texas, and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II; as a news and feature writer as well as theater reviewer for the Cedarburg News Graphic; and as an actress in a touring company of “Women of Destiny”. Each of her two novels, Triad (1973) and Salem’s Children (Leisure Books 1979), contain elements of the supernatural.
LEONE LEWESOHN F
Under the pseudonym, Frances Davies, writes romances for the lines Second Chance At Love and Harlequin.
ANGELA LOBO-COBB P
Madison poet and lecturer. Has edited and contributed to A Confluence of Colors: The First Anthology of Minority Wisconsin Poets (1984) and Winter Nest: A Poetry Anthology of Midwestern Women Poets of Color (1987). Her book, Roots and Rootlessness: Poems of Indian History, Change and Migratory Experience was published by the Writers Workshop of Calcutta in 1983. She has lectured on poetry in India, Europe and the USA.
LAURA LONDON. See Sharon Curtis.
SUSAN BARTELS LUDVIGSON (1942 – ) P
In Contemporary Authors, Ludvigson writes, “I was born and grew up in a small northern Wisconsin town, Rice Lake — a place that continues to fascinate me and that figures in many of my poems”. Writing under the name Susan Bartels, her books include Step Carefully into the Night (1976) and Northern Lights (1981).
FRANCES MAY P
A past president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, her collection entitled Night Letters (1971) won a Wisconsin Press Association Award. She has also published in poetry journals and anthologies such as Poetry Out of Wisconsin V (1980).
JERI MCCORMICK (1934 – ) P,NF
(Madison) Spent her childhood in the Kentucky Cumberlands. A Wisconsin resident since 1970, she received an M.S. at the UW-Madison, teaches creative writing at senior centers and works as an editor in the State Department of Administration. The poetry in her chapbook, The Sun Rides in Your Ribcage (Fireweed 1987), uses a variety of fairy tale images. Her poems have also appeared in journals such as the Wisconsin Academy Review and Abraxas.
EVE MERRIAM (1916 -1992) P,F,NF,Pl
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Attended Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania (A.B. 1937) with graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University. Lives in New York. The author of more than 40 books for adults and children. She has won many awards for her poetry as well as an Obie Award from Village Voice in 1976 for her play, “The Club”. Her poetry collections include The Double Bed: From the Feminine Side; The Inner City Mother Goose; The Nixon Poems and Montgomery, Alabama, Money Mississippi and Other Places.
EDNA K. MEUDT (1906 – 1989) P,Pl
Born on a farm in Wyoming Valley, Wisconsin and a life-long resident of Wisconsin. She was a teacher, lecturer, editor and writer who published six books of poetry and two plays. She received several awards including the National League of American Pen Women prize in 1976 for her collection of poems, The Ineluctable Sea; the Council for Wisconsin Writers prize in 1977 for Promised Land; and the University of Wisconsin award of distinction in 1978.
MARTHA MIHALYI (1953 – ) P
Her poetry has appeared in a special issue of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters entitled Wisconsin Poetry (1991). She has been awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, a Minnesota Loft Mentor Award, a Lake Superior Contemporary Writer’s Award (twice) and a Devine Fellowship. Her two books are The Woman in the Glass House Speaks (Stone and Water Press) and Bloodflowers (Red Weather Press).
LAUREL MILLS P
Born in Maine, Mills has lived in Neenah for more that 10 years. The Wisconsin Library Association cited her book My Gull is My Divining Rod with an Outstanding Achievement Recognition in 1986. Her home is near Horicon Marsh, a wildlife refuge for Canadian Geese on their annual migration which is reflected in the images in her second book of poetry Canada Geese Coming Home (Woelfinger Press 1986).
KYOKO MORI (1957 – ) F,P
(Milwaukee, DePere) Earned her Ph.D in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and teaches at St. Norbert College in DePere. Her poetry was featured in Sing Heavenly Muse #15: Three Womem Poets and in the South Florida Poetry Review (Winter 1987). Has also published a book of short fiction entitled The Ritual in Roses and Silk (Morgan Press).
LORRIE MOORE (Marie Lorena 1957 – ) F
(Madison) Creative writing professor at the UW-Madison. Her collections of short stories, Self-Help (Knopf 1985) was honored by the Wisconsin Library Association with an Outstanding Achievement Recogition in 1986. Her other collections are Anagrams (Knopf 1986) and Like Life (Knopf 1990).
LUCINDA OAKLAND MORKEN (1906 – ) P,NF
(Ettrick, Wausau, Taylor, Blair)
A member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, her books include Lines Across My Sky (Windy Row Press 1972) and Women of Spirit (Morken 1986). During her career as a high school English teacher, she taught in Wausau, Taylor and Blair Wisconsin. Resides in her pioneer grandparents’ farm.
ANDREA MUSHER P
Originally from the East Coast, Musher has lived in and around Madison for over 12 years. The biography in the anthology, Eleven Wisconsin Poets: A Whitewater Poetry Sampler, states she has supported her “habit of writing poetry with a variety of paying jobs including making omelettes, acting in a dinner theater, teaching and helping to establish a postsecondary education program in two state prisons”. Several of her poems have been published by private presses including Poem for the Maple Leaves (Flatlands Press 1982) which she wrote soon after coming to Wisconsin.
DIANE NICHOLS P
An author of poetry, fiction and free-lance articles, her publication entitled This Sunheart, This Me was published by Shelters Press in 1976. Nichols was one of the founders and the chief editor of Primipara, a journal for and by Wisconsin women which was published between 1974 and 1984.
LORINE NIEDECKER (1903 – 1970) P
(Fort Atkinson, Beloit, Madison)
She lived for most of her life on the Rock River near Fort Atkinson. Attended Beloit College for two years after graduating from high school in 1922. She also briefly lived in Madison writing for WHA radio. From This Condensery: The Complete Writings of Lorine Niedecker (edited by Robert J. Bertholf and published in 1985) won the 1986 Banta Award given by the Wisconsin Library Association. The WLA had already named Niedecker a Notable Wisconsin Author in 1978. Other publications include My Life By Water: Collected Poems, 1936-1968 (Fulcrum Press, 1970) and Blue Chicory (Elizabeth Press, 1976).
NANCY NUNN P
Published with Jai Brett a collection of poetry entitled Close But Not Touching (Spindrift Press 1986). Eighteen poems in this collection were written by Nunn. She’s makes a living in real estate sales.
JOYCE CAROL OATES (1938 – ) F,NF,P,Pl
Ms. Oates lived in Madison for one year (1960-61) while earning an M.A. in English as the University of Wisconsin. She has received many awards including the National Book Award for Fiction in 1970 for them.
MARSHA PARKER (1952 – )
(Milwaukee, Madison, Beloit, New Berlin)
Born in Milwaukee. Attended UW-Madison and Beloit College. She has been a writer and farmer in New Berlin since 1979. Her first novel Ghosts was published by Dutton in 1982.
MARIAN PAUST P,NF
A charter and life member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Paust has had several books of poetry published including Honey To Be Savored (1968), Everybody Beats a Drum (1970) and New Poems Hung Up to Dry (197?). She also has been a member of the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association since 1949.
ANGELA J. PECKENPAUGH (1942 – ) P
Born in Richmond, Virginia, she moved to Milwaukee in 1968 and to Whitewater in 1982. Currently an associate professor of English at the UW-Whitewater, her poems have been publishied in both journals and anthologies such as Eleven Wisconsin Poets (1987). Her books of poetry include A Book of Charms (Barnwood) and Discovering the Mandala (Lake & Prairies Press). She has received a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant and honorable mentions from the Council of Wisconsin Writers. The last few years she has been performing a series of poems about women artists call “Courage and Color, Creating Beyond Convention”.
GRETA CELIA LAGRO POTTER (1894 – 1981) P
Born in West Superior, Wisconsin, Greta Potter was included in the book Wisconsin Women: A Gifted Heritage (1982). Her publications include Chequamegon View Hilltop and Other Poems (1977).
ANNE POWERS. See Anne Powers Schwartz.
PENNY PRITZL P
The Wisconsin Library Association identified her as a Wisconsin author with the publication of her book of poetry entitled Tracing the Heartline (1990). A previous collection, Tonight There Is a Pattern was published by the author in 1986 in New Mexico.
SARA LINDSAY RATH (1941- ) P,NF,Pl
(Manawa, Gay Mills, Boscobel, Madison)
Born in Manawa, Wisconsin, she earned a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College, Vermont. Currently living in Boston, her books of poetry are entitled Whatever Happened to Fats Domino & Other Poems (Wisconsin House 1971); Cosmic Virgin (Wisconsin House 1973); and Remembering the Wilderness (Northword 1983) which was the winner of the 1984 Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Rath has also won awards for her nonfiction and teleplays written for WHA-TV.
GEORGIA JO RESSMEYER (1947 – ) F
After growing up in a parsonage on Long Island, she also lived in Indiana, Chicago, Toyko, New Haven and Milwaukee. Once a member of the Milwaukee chapter of the Feminist Writers Guild, the author’s note in her book Bernice: A Comedy in Letters (Metis Press 1984) reads “besides writing, her careers have included shearing Christmas trees, teaching English as a second language, practicing law, and organizing women. She likes writing best. She loves women. Her sexual preference is the Midwest”.
HAZEL RICE (1896 – ) F,P
Writes under the name of Hazel F. Briggs. Publications include Mary Carter on Behalf of the Aunts: A Novella (Rice Publication, 1979; appeared in serial form in the Wisconsin Academy Review in 1978) and I’ll Tell You Tomorrow and Other Stories (Northword, 1983). Also an interview with the author is a part of an oral history project in the UW-Madison archives collection.
SHEILA ROBERTS F,NF
Originally from South Africa, she moved to Michigan in 1977 after her first novel, He’s My Brother (reprinted in U.S. as Johannesburg Requiem) was banned by the South African government for obscenity and political content. In 1986, she relocated again to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Most of her books and short stories have been published in South Africa. Besides her creative work, she is the author of many articles on South African literature. Roberts became a U.S. citizen in 1990.
LISA RUFFOLO F
Born in Milwaukee, she earned a B.A. from the UW-Madison in 1979 and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1980. Her short story collection, Holidays (New Rivers Press 1986), was reviewed in the Wisconsin Academy Review of Books (September 1988) as being “tightly crafted story-telling”. At the time of the review, Ruffolo was teaching writing part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author also has had stories published in the Madison Review. She received a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in 1984.
JESSICA KAWASUNA SAIKI F
She grew up in a Japanese community in Hawaii. Her first book, Once, A Lotus Garden and Other Stories, depicts life in the small Japanese-Hawaiin community of Lunalilo during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Her second book, From the Lanai: And Other Hawaii Stories was published by New Rivers Press in 1991. Also an accomplished artist, she has illustrated each of her books. A longtime resident of Watertown, Wisconsin, the author has recently moved to Denver, Colorado.
KAY SAUNDERS P,NF
A native of Michigan now living in Appleton, her poetry has been published in journals such as American Bard and Primipara. A Whippoorwill Calls For Memories (Post Printing 1982) and Only the Footprints Are Gone (Saunders’ Enterprises 1987) are two collections of her poems. Her book, Gift of the Strangers (Pearl- Win 1983), was a product of her creative writing classes with the elderly.
ANNE POWERS SCHWARTZ (1913 – ) F
Born in Cloquet, MN, this writer of historical romances was a long time resident of Milwaukee. Publishing since the 1940’s under the name of Anne Powers, her books include Young Empress (1979) and To Follow the Passionate Heart (1980). Most of her books have appeared in foreign editions and in paperback.
R. E. SEBENTHALL (Roberta 1917 – 1979) P,F
(Eau Claire, Mount Horeb)
She lived most of her life in Mount Horeb although she was born in Eau Claire. Her poetry appears in the anthology The Journey Home (1989) as well as in her books entitled Acquainted With a Chance of Bobcats (Rutgers Univ. Press 1969) and Anatomy of December (Juniper Press 1978). She also published mysteries under the pseudonym of Paul Kruger such as Weep For Willow Green: An Inner Sanctum Mystery and The Cold Ones (Simon & Schuster 1966, 1972). Her other pseudonyms were Roberta Hill and Harry Davis.
GERTI H. SENNETT (1919 – ) P
(Milwaukee, Keshena, Wisconsin Rapids, Bay View)
Her poems have appeared in a number of journals such as the Wisconsin Academy Review and anthologies such as Poetry Out of Wisconsin V (1980) and The Journey Home (1989). Of Menominee heritage, her book of poetry, Dream Song to the Buffalo Spirit (Company for Wisconsin Arts Press 1990) was published under the name Kah-Shee-Nau-Wah. During her years of residence, she was a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association. She now resides in California.
JANET BEELER SHAW (1937 – ) F,P
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Shaw has lived in Wisconsin for over 10 years. She has been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and a visiting writer at Edgewood College in Madison. The Wisconsin Library Association cited two of her books for an Outstanding Achievement Recognition: Some of the Things I Did Not Do (Univ. of Illinois Press 1984) which is a collection of short stories; and her novel Taking Leave (Viking Penguin 1985). Her book of poetry, Dowry (University of Missouri 1978), won a Devins Award. Has also published six novels for children in The American Girls Collection for the Pleasant Company.
LYNN SHOEMAKER P
Listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, her poetry collections include Coming Home, Curse & Blessings (Ithaca House 1973, 1978) and Hands (Lynx House Press 1982).
MARY SHUMWAY (1926 -2000) P
(Portage, Plover, Oshkosh, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, Stevens Point)
Born in Portage, grew up in Wisconsin Dells and is currently an English professor at UW-Stevens Point. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals including the Wisconsin Academy Review. Her books of poetry include Practicing Vivaldi (Juniper Press) and Time & Other Birds (Konglomerati Press). She is also a musician who plays the violin, trumpet and baritone horn.
SUE SILVERMARIE P
Once a member of the Milwaukee chapter of the Feminist Writers Guild, her book Imagine Her Satisfaction (Midwife Press 1985) was awarded 3rd place for a 1985 poetry book by the Council of Wisconsin Writers.
MONA (ELIZABETH) SIMPSON (1957 – ) F
A resident of Wisconsin until the age of twelve, Ms. Simpson uses her native Green Bay which she calls Bay City as one of two main settings in her first novel, Anywhere But Here (Knopf 1987). She has published short stories in the literary journals Ploughshares and Iowa Review as well as a second novel, The Lost Father (Knopf 1991).
HELEN CATHERINE SNYDER SMITH (1903 – ) P
A member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters since 1941, her poetry has appeared in many different journals and anthologies including New Poetry Out of Wisconsin (1969). Her publications include a collection of poems entitled But Not Yet published in 1973.
KAY NOLTE SMITH (1932 – ) F
The Wisconsin Library Association identified as an author with a Wisconsin connection. She moved to New York after growing up in Minnesota and Wisconsin to pursue a career as an actress and writer. Her book The Watcher (1980) won a Mystery Writers of America/Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel. Her most recent book is entitled A Tale of the Wind: A Novel of 19th Century France was published by Villard in 1991.
KAREN A. SNIDER P
While a member of the Feminist Writers Guild Milwaukee chapter, she published a book of poetry entitled Aunty Em is a Prisoner in Kansas (Wicked Witch of the Midwest 1981). Salient Seedling Press published her poem Dorothy During Wounded Knee: A Portrait At Sixteen in 1985.
RUTH STONE (1915 – ) P
Born in Roanoke, Virginia, she has taught English at a number of colleges and universities including the UW-Madison (1967-1969). A Guggenheim Fellow, her poetry collections include Topography & Other Poems (1970) and Second Hand Coat: New & Selected Poems (1987). She has also been the subject of a documentary film, “The Excuse: The Poetry of Ruth Stone”.
JANET STRECHER P
Her first collection of poems, Dream Machines and Magic Potions: Other Notes from Life (Phaedrus Press 1986) was reviewed by the Wisconsin Academy Review of Books (September 1988). Many of the poems found in this volume give voice to her experiences as a practicing nurse.
ANNE STUBBE (1911 – ) P
Born on a farm in northeastern Wisconsin, she now lives in Wausau. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies since she began publishing in the 1960s. Her first collection of poetry, Letters from the North Country, was published by the Company for the Wisconsin Arts Press in 1987.
INGRID SWANBERG P
Born in Ross, California, she moved to Madison in 1973. She edits and publishes the poetry journal Abraxas as well as a poetry book series under the imprint Ghost Pony Press. Her poetry has been published in the Wisconsin Academy Review, Lips, and Osiris among other journals. Her books include Flashlights (1981) and Letter to Persephone & Other Poems (1984).
NANCY THAYER (1943 – ) F
Identified as a Wisconsin author by the Wisconsin Library Association, her publications include Bodies and Souls (Doubleday 1983); Nell (W. Morrow 1985); and Spirit Lost (Schribner’s 1988). Lived in Racine and taught at UW-Parkside before moving to Nantucket.
BARBARA FITZ VROMAN F
Born in Chicago, this former journalist for the Waushara Argus is currently a free-lance writer living in Hancock, Wisconsin. Co-authored her first novel Tomorrow is a River with Peggy Hansen Dopp (see Dopp entry). Her second novel, Sons of Thunder (1981), set in late 18th century Ireland received the Milwaukee Journal Leslie Cross Award. Her latest novel is entitled Linger Not a Chebar (Angel Press of Wisconsin 1992).
PHYLLIS WALSH P,NF
She is now a resident of Richland Center after living in rural Wisconsin for most of her life. Her poetry has appeared in Primipara and other such journals. Her collection, Like a Dream Waking, was published by the Midwestern Writers’ Publishing House in 1981. Her most recent work is a biography of another Wisconsin women poet, Lorine Niedecker: Solitary Plover (Juniper Press 1992).
MARGARET WEIS (1948 – ) F,NF
(Lake Geneva, Williams Bay)
Born in Independence, Missouri, Weis moved to Lake Geneva Wisconsin in 1983 as an editor of juvenile romances and other special products lines of TSR Hobbies, Inc. She has been a free-lance writer since 1987. As a writer of fantasy novels, she has authored and co-authored with Tracy Hickman many of the books in the Dragonlance series. Has also written nonfiction for young readers under Magaret Weis and Margaret Baldwin (former married name).
EUDORA WELTY (1909 – ) F
Primarily viewed as a Southern writer, Ms. Welty did earn her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Mississippi. Her work has received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1973 for The Optimist’s Daughter.
JO ANN (MUELLER) WENDT (1935 – ) F
Romance writer who earned an M.S. from Wisconsin State University (now UW-Oshkosh) in 1968. She lives in California since her husband retired from the Air Force. During 26 years in the military, they lived in Hawaii, Japan, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Virginia. As a free-lance writer, she has been published in the a variety of magazines and newspapers. Her romances include The Golden Dove (1989) and Beyond the Savage Sea (1990).
VIOLA WENDT (1907 – ) P
A retired professor of English and poet-in-residence at Carroll College whose home is in Waukesha. Her poetry collections include The Wind is Rising (1979) and In Any Available Light: New Poems (1983).
ROBERTA HILL WHITEMAN (1947 – ) P
(Baraboo, Madison, Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation, Eau Claire)
A poet of Native American heritage, she grew up near the Oneida Reservation. Attended UW-Madison and the University of Montana, taught in South Dakota and on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin, and is currently teaching Native American Literature at UW-Eau Claire. Her poetry has appeared in in numerous journals including Abraxas. The Wisconsin Library Association cited her collection of poetry, Star Quilt (Holy Cow! Press 1984), with an Outstanding Achievement Recognition.
GENEVIEVE SMITH WHITFORD P
Identified as a Wisconsin author by the Wisconsin Library Association, her books of poetry are Queen Anne’s Lace & Other Poems and The Sound of the Harp (Harp Press 1982, 1989).
DORIS T. WIGHT (1929 – ) P,F
Born in Harvey, Illinois, she earned at Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the UW-Madison, and has been a creative writing teacher at UW-Baraboo, Madison Area Technical College, and UW- Extension. She has contributed more than 400 hundred poems to 140 publications as well as fiction. Her collection of poetry is entitled Bird Wings.
VICTORIA GLENN YATES P
Born in Tennessee and educated in southern schools and colleges. Upon retirement from professional life, she moved from Madison to Janesville. Her poems appeared in Poetry Out of Wisconsin V (1980) which credited her with a volume of poetry entitled Why Me? (Existential Press 1977).
MARYA ZATURENSKA (1902 – 1982) P,NF
Born in Kiev, Russia, brought to the U.S. in 1909, naturalized as a citizen in 1912, attended Valpariso University in 1922-23 and the University of Wisconsin 1923-25. Her poetry collections include Collected Poems (Viking 1965) and The Hidden Waterfall (1974). She also wrote non-fiction and co-authored several books with her husband, Horace G. Zaturenska.
CHRISTINA ZAWADIWSKY (1950 – ) P
Born in New York City, she moved to Milwaukee at the age of 14 and later attended UW-Madison. Her poetry collections include The World at Large (Bieler Press 1978) and Sleeping With the Enemy (Floating Island Press 1980). Her poetry has appeared in a Pushcart Prize anthology as well as The Journey Home (1989).
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Feminist Writer’s Guild, Milwaukee Chapter. NEWSLETTER. 1980.
IN TOUCH: POEMS BY WOMEN. Madison, WI: Women’s Center, 1972.
Lauber, Peg Carlson, ed. A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER: MIDWEST WOMEN POETS. Eau Claire, WI: Rhiannon Press, 1978.
Lobo-Cobb, Angela, ed. WINTER NEST: A POETRY ANTHOLOGY OF MIDWESTERN WOMEN POETS OF COLOR. Madison, WI: Blue Reed Arts, Inc., 1987.
Mainiero, Lina, ed. AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT. Volumes I-IV. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1979.
Nichols, Diane, Jane Farrell, Ellen Kort, Nancy Breitsprecher and Jeri McCormick, eds. WORDS REACHING BETWEEN. Oconto, WI: Primipara, 1984.
Sicherman, Barbara and Carol Hurd Green, eds. NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN: THE MODERN PERIOD: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1980.
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Compiled by Maureen Welch, May 1992.