"Wisconsin in Words With Michael Norman" Interviewed by Steve Walters, July 28, 2011. Watch the full half-hour interview.
Michael Norman, an author, educator and playwright, is the author most recently of the third edition of the popular HAUNTED WISCONSIN, published in 2011 by the University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books.
“From settlers’ legends to modern-day reports, Haunted Wisconsin is a fascinating guide to ghosts around the corner, and under your bed.”
—Jay Rath, Isthmus columnist and author of The W-Files
THE NEARLY DEPARTED: MINNESOTA GHOST STORIES AND LEGENDS, 2009, The Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Earlier, he collaborated with the late Beth Scott on the popular Haunted America series including, most recently, HAUNTED HOMELAND, released in 2006 by Forge Books/Tom Doherty Associates, and now available in a paperback edition. Norman and Scott’s earlier collaborations include
HISTORIC HAUNTED AMERICA
All titles are available as e-books as well.
Norman is the co-author with Carol Roecklein of two vocabulary-building books for ages 12 and up: WORDWISE, VOCABULARY GUIDES TO ENHANCE YOUR REAL-WORLD CONVERSATIONS. Both are published by MindWare, a leading distributor of educational materials. The books can be ordered directly from the publisher at www.mindwareonline.com.
As a playwright, Norman has written Entering the Circle: The Lives of Pioneer Farm Women for the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial with support from a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The play used diaries, memoirs, letters and other reminiscences to tell the story of rural women Midwestern farm women. He also wrote Nye and Riley Tonight!, based on the nineteenth century lyceum programs of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley and Wisconsin humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye.
Norman is a professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he taught a wide-range of courses in writing, media law, public opinion and broadcast journalism. He served as department chair for 18 years, managed the Midwest Writers' Conference and also served as director of the UW-River Falls University Press. He lives in Wisconsin.