Wisconsin Authors

Wisconsin has a rich literary history containing authors of both prose and poetry. Explore the list below to find short snippets about authors who were born, raised, or now reside in Wisconsin!

Silvia Acevedo

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Author’s Website: http://www.silviaacevedo.com/

Silvia Acevedo graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a triple major: Journalism (with a dual emphasis of news editorial and broadcast), Spanish, and Latin American / Iberian Studies. See there how they meld — journalism, writing, language, and people were all rolled together as my influences. She has wrote and presented news for organizations such as WTMJ-TV, where she returned several times to guest host The Morning Blend talk show and to provide news commentary, KTBC-TV, KRDO-TV, WISN-TV, WKOW-TV, WORT-FM, The Milwaukee Sentinel, and The Badger Herald.

Sharon Hart Addy

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Addy grew up in Oak Creek,  earned a degree in Education at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and taught elementary school in Stonebank and Oak Creek. Now, she lives in Dells, Wisconsin. Her work for children has been published in a wide variety of children’s magazines including Cricket, Highlights for Children, Ladybug, The Friend, Winner, Hopscotch, Boys’ Quest, Pockets, and Shine Brightly. Combining her writing background with her teaching experience, Addy leads story-writing workshops for elementary and middle school students, is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is an instructor at the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Selected works:

  • Right Here on this Spot
  • When Wishes Were Horses
  • Lucky Jake
  • In Grandpa’s Woods
  • A Visit with Great Grandma
  • Kidding Around Milwaukee


  • Honorable Mention for the Betty Ren Wright Children’s Picture Book Award and nominated for the 2003 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award for When Wishes Were Horses, 2003
  • A CCBC Choices Book for A Visit with Great-Grandma, 1989
  • Won the Archer/Eckbald Children’s Picture Book Award and honored for an “”Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature”” by the Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association for Right Here on This Spot, 1999
Lisa Albert

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Author’s Website: http://www.lisaalbert.com/

Lisa Albert was raised in Milwaukee, and now lives in Muskego, WI. She is the author of the teen novel Mercy Lily and non-fiction books, including biographies of Lois Lowry, and Stephanie Meyer, and So You Want to Be a Film or TV Actor?

Stephen E. Ambrose

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Author’s Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/

Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than 30 books. Among his New York Times best-sellers are: Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day – June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage.
He was not only a great author, but also a captivating speaker, with the unique ability to provide insight into the future by employing his profound knowledge of the past. His stories demonstrate how leaders use trust, friendship and shared experiences to work together and thrive during conflict and change. His philosophy about keeping an audience engaged is put best in his own words: As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around the campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next.

Ambrose was born in Lovington, Illinois to Rosepha Trippe Ambrose and Stephen Hedges Ambrose. His father was a physician who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ambrose was raised in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Whitewater High School. His family also owned a farm in Lovington, Illinois and vacation property in Marinette County, Wisconsin. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity and played on the University of Wisconsin football team for three years.

A. Manette Ansay

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Ansay grew up in Port Washington, WI, where she set her first novel, the Oprah Book Club pick, Vinegar Hill. She took classes at the UW Milwaukee, and taught briefly at Marquette University. She now teaches at the University of Miami. She is the author of several books, novels, memoirs, and collections of short stories. Many of her novels, like Blue Water, Sister, and Midnight Champagne, are set in Wisconsin.

Selected Works:
Vinegar Hill
Blue Water
River Angel
Read This and Tell Me What it Says
Good Things I Wish You

Awards include:
National Endowment for the Arts grant
Pushcart Prize
Nelson Algren Prize
Great Lakes Book Award
National Critics Book Circle Award finalist

Eva Apelqvist

Eva Apelqvist

Writer’s Website: http://evaapelqvist.com/

Selected Works:
Getting Ready to Drive: a How-to Guide
Swede Dreams, an S.A.S.S. novel

Jerold Apps

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Writer’s Website: http://www.jerryapps.com/

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. Jerry has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers (the 2007 Major Achievement Award), Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Campfires and Loon Calls
Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
During his twenty-five years of canoeing in the wild, Jerry Apps has experienced it all—wicked thunderstorms, inquisitive bears, swamping a canoe, night skies filled with more stars than imaginable, falling asleep to the lullaby of water lapping at the water’s edge….
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Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening
Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Step into the garden with writer and rural historian Jerry Apps. In this treasure trove of tips, recollections, and recipes, Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land….
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Wayne Arihood
Avi (Edward Irving Wortis)
Lecia Balian
Ann Bausum
W.H. Beck
Ilsa Bick
Norbert Blei
Robert Bloch
Valerie Bodden
Dan Bomkamp
Laurie Caple
Dori Chaconas
Lan Samantha Chang
Rick Chrustowski
Vicki Cobb
Cathryn Cofell
Kevin Comerford
Lynne Diebel
Patricia Dischler
Lois Ehlert
Kathleen Ernst
Neil Gaiman
Norman Gilliland
George Greentree
John Gurda
Kathryn Heling
Deborah Hembrook
BJ Hollars
Jacqueline Houtman
Tom Jones
Jann Kalscheur
Ben Logan
Amy Lonetree
Matthew Mason
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Sterling North
Ann Packer
Michael Perry
Ellen Raskin
Sara Rath
Nina Revoyr
Patrick Rothfuss
Michael Schmudlach
Madelyn Spindler & Rebecca Williams
Frederick Jackson Turner
Larry Watson
Glenway Wescott
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thornton Wilder
Michelle Wildgen
Michael Wroblewski
Christopher Lehman