A Celebration of Birds and Rivers - Poetry with Ronnie Hess and a Mystery Guest!

Thursday, June 21st

7 pm

About Ronnie HessHess

Writer and poet Ronnie Hess (author page) grew up in New York City, attended the Lycée Français de New York and Julia Richman High School, and graduated from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She began a career in broadcast journalism at Wisconsin Public Radio. In the 1980s, she was a reporter/producer for CBS News in Paris, spending nearly four years in France reporting on political, social, and cultural issues. After she returned to the Midwest, she worked for Minnesota Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio and was a freelance writer/producer for the “American Justice” series that aired on A&E. Returning to UW-Madison, she became director of communications in the Division of International Studies. During a sabbatical year, from 2004 to 2005, she taught middle school English in France.

She has contributed to many publications – national, regional and local – including SaveurThe Christian Science Monitor, and The Milwaukee JournalSentinel. She was restaurant critic for several years for Madison Magazine and was a freelance arts critic for The Capital Times.

owlAbout O Is for Owl

"In this small, even intimate collection, Ronnie Hess has written a series of love poems about – owls.  From First Owl, to the last poem in the book, Married to an Owl, Hess describes, sometimes humorously, her growing awareness of these birds, her infatuation with them, and the lessons she ultimately takes away from them. "  -- Borderland Books



About Canoeing a River with No Name

"Follow poet Hess on this riverine journey of thoughtful, nuanced poems. Hess' unique voice can come across as almost matter-of-fact, yet  there are depths to her poetry that belie this seemingly straightforward tone. Rocks and rapids lie just underneath the gentle current and surprises wait around the next bend."  -- Bent Paddle Press