Katie Vagnino

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Wed. Oct. 3rd, 2018

Long Live the Queens: Inside the Valley's vivacious drag scene

Katie Vagnino, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Over the past decade, the drag scene in the Chippewa Valley has blossomed from a subculture limited to a handful of venues to something much more visible and vibrant.

Mon. Mar. 26th, 2018

Imitation Crab

Katie Vagnino

With practice you can learn to spot a fake – / sloppy sleight of hand, or a smile too slick / gives it away. The truth is what we make ...

Fri. Feb. 23rd, 2018

Lighting a Fire

Katie Vagnino, photos by Randy Lee, Luong Huynh

UWEC’s Fire Ball more than a drag show

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017

Oddball? No, V Ball

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Luong Huynh

I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand

Fri. Aug. 26th, 2016

Where FM Means Fine Music

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a look inside humble, independent Chippewa Falls radio station WCFW, its eclectic programming, and the spirit behind it all

Wed. Jun. 29th, 2016

Dairy Diary

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Dunn County Extension

one woman's self-guided tour through some of the region's best dairy breakfasts in all their cheesy glory

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

FEATURE: Uncorking the Chippewa Valley Wine Scene

Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Hanna Agar

Yes, Wisconsin is beer country, but wine lovers who look closely will find palate-pleasing restaurants, retailers, wine bars, and vineyards aplenty.

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

Nothing to Fear

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Master Singers travel for FDR concert

Mon. Dec. 28th, 2015

Still Life

by Katie Vagnino

We fall into each other like swirls of paint / on slick paper. The canvas of your body / I color with my own, lips staining / your chin, cheek, torso. Brush strokes / from your lashes – I inhale sharply – / and our pillowcases shimmer like twin moons.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015


by Katie Vagnino

You pantomime making breakfast / while your husband does his best impression / of a man who likes his wife’s coffee ...

Mon. Dec. 9th, 2013


Katie Vagnino

In English, we have words for everything:
 / Names and tidy labels stain our lives, /
 Brand each moment with a familiar ring.