Features from The Agora

Yarn Dyers, a painting by Sherry Ackerman


Inspiration:


Sherry Ackerman is grateful for Mary Ann Inman, a wonderful teacher who inspired her to take painting to another level, which has honored her with many awards for her watercolors and acrylics. Sherry is the Chairperson for AWA's Tiny Treasures, an avid gardener, walker, pickleball, and table tennis player.

Kitchen Match, a short story by Thomas Schlicht

You can download the complete work here.  You can also read along with your Agora Volume 7!

Tom Schlicht is one of the longest-serving PLATO coordinators. He has volunteered for this group since the mid-nineties. The oldest of six children, he got started in teaching by helping his sibs with homework and sports. He now enjoys the Golden Years with his long-suffering, faithful life-partner, whom he lovingly calls “St. Catherine.”

Sparkling River, a photograph by Bill Eisinger


As a farm boy I loved to hike and explore nature. In college, biology was a natural fit for me and I was a professor at a West Coast university for nearly 40 years. After retiring, we moved to the Madison area to be near our daughter and family—Bill Eisinger

Day of Diagnosis, a poem by Diane Hughes


Text of Day of Diagnosis can be found here.

For Diane Hughes, art has long felt like a necessary counterpoint to my "real life" of accounting and administrative work for non-profit organizations. Retirement offered more time to focus on art, including offering "Exploring Creativity" as a PLATO class. I began writing after impulsively signing up for a PLATO memoir writing class.

Dr. Ackerman's Memory Training Seminar, a short story by Andy Millman

Andy Millman has been facilitating PLATO’s Writers Workshop since 2015. His own writing has appeared in numerous places including: The Big Jewel, Midwest Review, Little Old Lady Comedy, Weekly Humorist, Points in Case, Flash Fiction Magazine, Pif Magazine, Zest Literary Magazine, Helix, and Black Heart Magazine.

Morning Call, a painting by Susan Young Hoffman



When not creating art, Susan Young Hoffman spends time promoting literacy through her blog susanyounghoffman.wordpress.com, tutoring, and gardening. She recently published her second children's book Henry's Play on Words. Her work in acrylic and watercolor ranges from abstract art to realistic portraits

What Time is it Anyway?, a short story by Mary De Wolf

Mary De Wolf was born and raised in Chicago and worked for the CTA developing their data bases in the IT department for twenty-plus years. But writing was my first love, I began writing when I was 7 or 8 and haven't stopped. There are so many more stories to tell.

A Walk in the Woods (during Pandemic), a painting by Jim Albright and a poem by Judith Sokolow


Jim Albright was born and raised in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Jan, returned here after retiring. He is an engineer by degree and spent his working career in industry, all the while pursuing his love of painting. Some of his works can be viewed at his web site: www.jimalbrightart.com.

Coastline, a poem by Nancy Cross Dunham

Nancy Cross Dunham retired from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2011, and turned her artistic attention to contemplative photography and writing (poetry, memoir). She published book of poetry in 2020, and has recently been awarded a writer’s residency at Write On, Door County (for December 2021).

Brother Older Than Myself, a poem by Barbara Carson


Text of Brother Older Than Myself can be found here.

Barbara Carson’s career has been nursing and nurse anesthesia. She has written poetry since she was a teenager and published a little of it. After living and/or working in 15 states (she was a traveling anesthetist) she retired in Madison.

Bridge, a photograph by Bill Eisinger


As a farm boy I loved to hike and explore nature. In college, biology was a natural fit for me and I was a professor at a West Coast university for nearly 40 years. After retiring, we moved to the Madison area to be near our daughter and family—Bill Eisinger.

Woodpecker, a poem by Jane Hall.


Text of Woodpecker can be found here.

Like many migrating species, Jane Hall divides her time between the American Midwest and the mountains of central Mexico. She writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry, inspired by her encounters with other cultures and the natural world. Jane has degrees from UW-Madison, Columbia University and Hamline University, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at age 65.

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