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Ellsworth teacher's slice-of-life article gets published

Because Marci Glaus could identify with her niece's reading interests, she wrote an article about it which has now been published.

The Ellsworth High School English teacher submitted her article, titled "Forbidden Love," to the Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal, she said Friday. She'd had her writing appear in the publication before, but really didn't think it would be accepted, aware the journal wasn't known for printing this type of work.

"It was kind of a stretch," she said about her chances for acceptance.

But she wasn't overly concerned, admitting to simply enjoying writing. She said she does it for pleasure mostly during the summer when she's not busy in the classroom. This particular essay, inspired by a shopping trip with niece Lilly to a book store and how it sparked a memory of her own childhood, was written rather quickly, revised and edited. Late last August, she sent it in.

"I didn't hear back," she said, so she assumed rejection and, despite slight disappointment, "moved on."

As a member of the association now in her third year (she's presently on its high school committee), Glaus receives the tri-annual magazine, she said. When she opened the end-of-the-year issue and checked its index, the title of her article was listed. Home alone (she lives in Durand with husband Tim of Glaus Brothers Construction and their cat "Kitter"), she had no one with whom to immediately share the good news upon first learning it.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 3.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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