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Your Favorite Local Author

1st Place: Michael Perry
2nd Place: Nickolas Butler
3rd Place: Max Garland

Jeez, don’t have a cow just because Michael Perry scavenged his way to another landslide win as your favorite local scribe. Light a bonfire as Nickolas Butler, like Mr. Perry, won literary recognition way outside of the Chippewa Valley, like, nationally —like, internationally. (Is that France’s coveted PAGE Prix America Award listed on Mr. Butler’s website?) Finally, those in attendance of UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt’s inauguration ceremony no doubt experienced poetry-gasm as Max Garland read to us. He provided verse-induced ecstasy around the state as Wisconsin’s 2013-2015 poet laureate. —Rob Reid


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