An Evening of Storytelling with the Luce County U.P. Poet Laureate

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Peter Wurdock, an Upper Peninsula Notable Book Award winner and U.P. Poet Laureate of Luce County, will present an evening of storytelling and discussion on Tuesday, July 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis, MI. Wurdock’s six books showcase his versatility as a writer, blending fiction, poetry, and non-fiction along with his beautiful photography.

UPPAA A man with long hair and a beard is kneeling on a grass lawn, surrounded by autumn leaves. He is wearing a white shirt and a black vest. He is holding two brindle greyhounds close to him. Trees and foliage are visible in the background.

Peter Wurdock, U.P. Poet Laureate of Luce County

The focus of the evening will be on his three Upper Peninsula-inspired books, which are a captivating blend of artistic endeavors and deep connections to the landscapes of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From his roots in Royal Oak to his studies in creative writing and music at Albion College and Berklee College of Music respectively, Wurdock’s path has been rich with diverse experiences.

“At this point, I forget whether Pete Wurdock is a photographer who writes or a writer who takes great photographs. But I know I love the way he combines words and images to bring to life so much of what makes the Upper Peninsula our state’s North Star.”Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press

Living in Newberry with his two adopted greyhounds, Petie and Meerah, Wurdock continues to draw inspiration from his surroundings, crafting stories that resonate with readers and capture the essence of small town life and Michigan’s rugged beauty.

“In a voice at once elegiac and vividly present, Peter Wurdock takes his reader on a personal journey through joy and sorrow, wonder and pain. You will be transported and captivated. And you will fall in love with Wurdock’s greyhounds.” -Bryan Gruley, award-winning author of the Starvation Lake trilogy.

“Peter Wurdock’s photos and words capture the ineffable in this lovely collection. That he knows and loves the UP—along with the human heart—is clear from page one.” Ellen Airgood, two-time Michigan Notable Book award winner.

The event is free and open to the public in the Upper Level of the ECA Building at N9224 Saw-Wa-Quato Street in Curtis. Learn more here. 


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