Poetry On Air


Guest: Janet Ross

Season 2, Ep. 4

Janet Ross was born in 1924 in Evanston, Illinois. She was an only child who spent her time reading and drawing, until her mother told her to go outside to play. She came to Sheboygan in the mid 1950s and raised her family here. For forty years, she was a docent at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She is a painter, a weaver, a lover of poetry, and a dedicated peace activist. She was also, for more than two decades, a Partner in Reading through the Sheboygan Area School District.

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