Visiting Writers Reading

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery
Franco Pagnucci
Susan Pagnucci

Franco and Susan Pagnucci to be featured at Visiting Writers Reading

Franco Pagnucci, emeritus professor of English who taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from 1968 until 2000, will read poetry from his newly released book, “Tracks” (2014), at the Visiting Writers Reading on Wednesday, April 9, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A 4:30 p.m. meet and greet will prelude the event.

Pagnucci will be joined by his wife, Susan Pagnucci, a writer, editor and artist who will display her hand-crafted books, many of which feature her husband’s poetry. Susan taught at UW-Platteville from 1997 until 2000.

Franco has published four books of poetry: “Out Harsmen’s Way” (1991); “I Never Had a Pet” (1992); “Ancient Moves” (1998); and “Imprints of Your Tires on Damp Sand” (2012). He also has published two poetry anthologies: “Face the Poem” (1979) and “New Roads Old Towns” (1988); as well as various storytelling books for teachers and students.

“Franco and I had offices next door to each other for many years,” said Dr. Terry Burns, chair of the department of humanities. “I loved to listen to him talk to his students. He was always very understated, the kind of person who would say maybe a couple of sentences about a story or poem and leave you with a whole new way of looking at things.”

Susan creates paper artist books and sculptures which have found homes with private individuals, as well as the UW-Madison collection. Her works have been shown at the Center for Brook Arts in Minneapolis, Minn.; the Hill Museum at St. John’s in Collegeville, Minn.; North Prints Gallery in Duluth, Minn.; the Artbeat in Hayward, Wis.; Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa; North End Gallery in Superior, Wis.; and elsewhere. Her cards have appeared in Take Ten, Stampers’ Sampler, Gallery, 450 More Cards, Workshop and other publications.  

Susan is the editor of Burr Oak Press and for many years published her own children’s magazine. She has also spent many hours putting on puppet shows with homemade puppets at libraries.  

Living and teaching in Platteville was a family affair for the Pagnuccis. Franco’s children all went to Platteville public schools; his son Gian briefly taught at UW-Platteville; their daughter Anna Pagnucci, a UW-Platteville graduate, is on the faculty of Ashford University.

Contact: Teresa Burns, Department of Humanities, (608) 342-1826,

Written by: Antonio Bouxa, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-1826,
Formatted by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education (608) 342-6191,

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