Poetry Reading and Book Signing – John Bates

  • 01/12/2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get to know local poet John BAtes and listen to poetry from his new collection

Friday, January 12, 2018

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Free & Open to all ages.

Refreshments served.  Books will  also be available for purchase.

Held at Land O’ Lakes Public Library  – Fireside Room

4242 County Road B – Downtown Land O’ Lakes

 Hosted by LOLA & the Land O’ Lakes Public Library

About Cold to the Bone

Bates’ poems express what it means to belong to the natural world, to attempt to be a “card-carrying” member rather than an intruder or merely a tourist. The intersection of science and spirit is where these poems reside, and while they offer depth and insight, they ask an equal number of questions.

This is Bates’ first book of poetry, but it comes on the heels of 22 years of publishing seven non-fiction books of observations in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The book is divided into three sections: Water, Woods, and Home. In every one, a mindful appreciation lights the way, along with a heartfelt resonance to the communities of life that we all live within.


About the Author

Poet John Bates

John Bates is the author of eight books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. John’s poems have also appeared in five different art/science collaborations, several of which have traveled nationally. He’s worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for 28 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it. His most recent book is a collection of poems entitled Cold to the Bone.

John won the 2006 Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for his book Graced by the Seasons: Spring and Summer in the Northwoods. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He currently serves on the Board of the Northwoods Land Trust and the Board for the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and very locally, the board for the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts.

John and his wife Mary live on the Manitowish River in Iron County where they raised two daughters.

 For further information about this event,  call LOLA  at 715-547-3950.

This event is co-sponsored by LOLA and the Land O ‘ Lakes public library.


Venue Phone: 715-547-6006

Venue Website:

4242 County Rd B, Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin, 54540, United States