sexta-feira, dezembro 03, 2010

Book-signing, readings Saturday from new poetry collection by local writer Georgia Ressmeyer

Sheboygan writer Georgia Ressmeyer will appear at the Map & Globe Exchange, 841 Riverfront Drive, Sheboygan, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, to autograph her first collection of poetry, "Today I Threw My Watch Away," and conduct readings of her poetry.

The collection was just released as part of Finishing Line Press' Chapbook Series. The 30-page, limited edition book contains 24 poems inspired by the area's natural beauty.

Karl Elder, Lakeland College's Fessler professor of creative writing, wrote of Ressmeyer's work: "Reading 'Today I Threw My Watch Away,' one might think the reverse of Frost's 'A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.' … Time, space and weather are here made vibrantly alive by a refreshingly romantic and resilient sensibility, an air about her in casks of near-classicism that, when released, when experienced, turns into whirlwinds of words through every season … not a syllable wasted nor out of whack."

John Lehman, founder of Rosebud Magazine and poetry editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas, wrote: "This exuberant collection celebrates changing seasons in the best way possible."

Ressmeyer is a great-great-great-granddaughter of early Sheboygan settlers Friedrich Koehn Sr., and Elisabeth Balken Koehn, who arrived in Sheboygan from Germany in 1853 and were instrumental in establishing fishing as an important Sheboygan industry. Her great-great-grandparents, Friedrich Koehn Jr. and Sidonia Seifert Koehn owned two dry goods stores in downtown Sheboygan. Great-grandparents Franz Pieper and Minnie Koehn were married at Sheboygan's Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1877.

Ressmeyer has twice received grants in creative writing from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her short novel, "Bernice: A Comedy in Letters," was published by Metis Press in 1984. An excerpt from another short novel, "Sea Robin," appeared in an anthology, "The Five-Petalled Blossom."

Her poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines.

Ressmeyer worked for many years in Milwaukee as a defense attorney for individuals with mental disabilities through the Wisconsin State Public Defender's office. Retiring at 55, she moved to Sheboygan in 2002 to renew her interest in writing. The beaches, dunes, forests and restored prairies of Sheboygan County have inspired much of the nature imagery in her work.

The cover photograph and design are by Sheboygan photographer Lisa Lehmann, who also will be at the book signing.

The book retails for $14 and will be available at the Map & Globe Exchange, Maywood's Ecology Store and other local retail outlets, or can be ordered online from


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