About Us

Voice of the River Valley is a monthly independent arts and culture magazine published and distributed in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin by Wording LLC.

Since 2006, Voice of the River Valley has been a guide to people and events that inspire, inform and enrich life in the Lower Wisconsin and Sugar-Pecatonica River Basins of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

This all-volunteer publication is made possible by the creative voices of our region. Thanks to those who advertise their businesses, organizations and events with Voice of the River Valley, our print issues are offered to readers free of charge. For content submission guidelines, advertising and subscription options, and to submit events to the calendar, please explore this website.

Each month, up to 4,000 copies of Voice of the River Valley are distributed to 190 locations in six counties across southwestern Wisconsin.

Copyright © 2006-2019 by Wording LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

Wording LLC
P.O. Box 745
Spring Green, WI 53588
(608) 588-6251

Business E-mail: info@voiceoftherivervalley.com
Business Office: (608) 588-6251

Sara Lomasz Flesch
Editor & Publisher

Erik Flesch
Editor & Design Director

Mary Friedel-Hunt (2006-2012) & Bill Hunt (2006-2010)
Founding Publishers


Marnie Dresser, “Pedagogy Stew”
Mary Friedel-Hunt, “Living Well, Dying Well”
Doris Green, “Tracking Your Past”
John Heasley, “Driftless Dark Skies”
Patrice Peltier, “Garden Blitz”
Kathy Steffen, “Between the Lines”
Etienne White, “Where the Land Meets the Sky”
Various Authors, “Driftless Terroir”

Graphic Design: Driftless Terroir Studio LLC in Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Printer: Advantage Copying & Printing LLC in Dodgeville, Wisconsin

A Brief History

Voice of the River Valley was founded by Mary Friedel-Hunt and Bill Hunt in July 2006 with the purpose of uniting the creative communities of southwestern Wisconsin along the Lower Wisconsin River and beyond. In August 2012, Wording LLC purchased the publication. Wording LLC is an editing and publishing company formed by Sara Lomasz Flesch. Since picking up where Mary and her late husband, Bill, left off, we’ve marveled as this all-volunteer magazine has grown in size and coverage and distribution areas — thanks to the support of contributors, advertisers, distributors, subscribers and the participation of our readers.


If you are interested in receiving Voice of the River Valley each month by mail, subscriptions are available for an annual fee of $22. Email Sara at info@voiceoftherivervalley.com to subscribe.


We welcome advertisers. See Advertising for details. 


We welcome contributions to the calendar, as well as press releases, features, columns, photography, art, poems and prose. See Submission Guidelines for details.