2020 Featured Writers

Ryan Ireland

Ryan Ireland is author of novels published by Oneworld, Beyond the Horizon and Ghosts of the Desert. He has also published scholarly, popular, and creative nonfiction in Public Libraries QuarterlyVoices of Youth AdvocatesSidereal, and Ripcord. For the last decade he has worked in public library communications. In 2016 he combined his passion for libraries and storytelling with his TEDx talk, “Your Story Matters.” In late 2019 he was a writer-in-residence for the Jan Michalski Foundation, located in Switzerland, where he finished his third novel.


Cathryn Cofell

Cathryn Cofell is the author of six chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections including Stick Figure with Skirt, winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She previously performed her poems with the music duo Obvious Dog and together they produced Lip. Cathryn’s been published 300+ times and earned 50+ awards for her work, including the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award and the Mill Prize for Poetry. In 2020, the Council for Wisconsin Writers gave Cathryn the Christopher Latham Sholes award for her advocacy efforts as founder of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize and Poetry Unlocked, among others.  www.cathryncofell.com