Category Archives: Literary

Great River Writes – Writing Your Ancestry: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Family

Saturday | November 14 | 2:00-3:30pm

Great River Writes is going virtual in 2020! Join internationally bestselling author (and former La Crosse resident) Danielle Trussoni for a reading and workshop around writing your ancestry. This workshop will use family stories and ancestral origins to explore techniques in fiction and creative nonfiction.

This event is free to attend and sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Writers Guild and La Crosse Public Library. Danielle Trussoni is an internationally bestselling author, columnist, and creator. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, where she writes the Dark Matters column. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and was the Chair of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction jury this year. Her new book, The Ancestor, came out in April 2020. For more information on Danielle and her books, visit

This event will be held via Zoom. You will be sent the meeting information the week of the event. Register by emailing or by calling Payge at 608-789-7145 to reserve your spot.

River Arts Alliance is a partner of Great River Writes.

4th Annual Great River Writes Kickoff Event

Thursday | November 5 | 6:00pm Great River Writes is going virtual in 2020! Join us for the 4th annual Great River Writes series with keynote kickoff speaker and poet Jaki Shelton Green. We’re thrilled to welcome this dynamic author and artist to our writing series. The event will be held on Zoom and… Continue Reading

Winona Poetry Walk Kick Off Event

Friday | October 30 | 5:30-6:30pm Blooming Ground Coffeehouse The Winona Fine Arts Commission and the City of Winona are very pleased to announce the new public art initiative. The Winona Poetry Walk is installed and ready to experience. There will be a launching ceremony, free of charge, with many of the Poets reading… Continue Reading

Just Published: What Trees Know by Emilio DeGrazia

In this collection of poems entirely about trees Emilio DeGrazia erases the sharp lines that divide person from thing, and science from poetry. Those “green things standing in the way” have secret lives, strange silent powers, and ancient legendary histories. And today they are crucially important creations full of wonders wide-eyed scientists are trying to… Continue Reading

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Winners Announced

Winners in the 2020 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest were announced on Saturday, August 8th at our virtual Closing Event. To see the list of winners and read their sonnets, visit Because this was an online event, many of the winners were able to participate by reading their sonnets. We invite you watch the recording… Continue Reading

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Closing Event

Traditionally, the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest has held an annual Closing Event in partnership with the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF). Because we are unable to host a large in-person event this year, we are taking the opportunity to re-invent the celebration. What does that mean? Potentially the largest audience ever! The Closing Event is… Continue Reading