Monthly Archives: January 2012

Busy April

April is shaping up to be a busy month -- and one full of opportunity -- for Wisconsin writers.

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting its 23rd Annual Writers' Institute, April 13-15, 2012. It will be held at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The event will include pitching to agents, book signings, manuscript and proposal critiques, and panels, forums and workshops. More information is at or by contacing the conferene director, Laurie Scheer at or (608) 265-3972.
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum is presenting in its April 17 “History Sandwiched In” series a 45-minute program on Wisconsin Writers Writing About Wisconsin. It begins at 12:15 p.m. at the museum at 30 North Caroll Street in Madison. More information is at
  • And that’s in addition to Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation luncheon at the Oak Creek Community Center in Oak Creek WI on April 10. More information is at

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Spring Writers Festival

Mark March 9-11, 2012, on your calendar, if you’re interested in attending UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education’s 10th Anniversity Spring Writers Festival, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 6000.

Authors, literary agents and editors are among the presenters.

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Garden Expo to Host Gardening Author

Award-winning Wisconsin writer Jerry Apps is scheduled to sign his book,  Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening, at next month’s “Garden Expo” in Madison. Here’s the announcement from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press:

Books and author signings at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press booth at the Garden Expo! 
Garden Wisdom coverThe Wisconsin Historical Society Press will be exhibiting at the Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Centerin Madison! The Garden Expo runs Friday, February 10, from 4-9pm, Saturday, February 11, from 9am-6pm, and Sunday, February 12, from 10am-4pm. Many of our books will be available for sale.Author Jerry Apps will be stopping by our booth to sign copies of his new book, “Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening.” He will be signing books on Friday from 6-8pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. He will be joined by his wife, Ruth, who contributed the recipes for the book and will also be available to sign books. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the booth.  

 Garden Expo 

Fri: 4-9 pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-4pm

 “Garden Wisdom” book signing

Fri: 6-8pm, Sun: 1-4pm

Alliant Energy Center 

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI 53713

(608) 267-3976 


Books will be available for sale at this event. 


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Wisconsin Book Festival Set For Nov. 7-11

Dates for this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival are Nov. 7-11, 2012. Yep, November. That’s apparently a first for the festival, which traditionally was held in October. Reason for the change? Football. At least that’s what the WBF news release announcing this yars festival says. Here’s a link to the release:

The theme is “Lost & Found” — in every sense: literally, metaphorically, even playfully.

Submissions are open. Guidelines are on the festival website at:

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5 Poets to Read from Book

We didn’t get much notice, but poetry aficionados who like to listen to poets read their works will be doing just that tomorrow, Jan. 28., in Milwaukee.

Following is a news release that landed in my inbox this afternoon announcing the event and the book the five poets have published. Congratulations to each of the authors and best wishes at tomorrow’s reading.

Five Authors Collaborate on “Portals and Piers” a Collection of Original Poetry

  [Milwaukee, WI January 27, 2012] – For close to 15 years, the five writers whose poems appear in “Portals and Piers” have spent Sunday mornings reading and discussing each other’s work. 

The result of these regular gatherings brings readers everywhere this collection of more than thirty of the strongest poems produced by the core members of this unusual and diverse group.   

The portal might be the door to a palace. Or the entrance to a mine shaft. It might invite you in. Or warn you away from danger – or diamonds.  The pier is where journeys by water begin and end. It offers posts to which you can tie your boat. Suspended over the surface of the lake… A portal may open.”

Published by Sunday Morning Press, the book features original poetry by Milwaukee based group members Stephen Anderson, Chris Austin, Paul Enea, Elliot O. Lipchik and Steve Pump.  All previously published, and many award-winning, this particular assemblage of men remained dedicated and constant in their desire to improve their skills and take on the task of self-publishing a book.

 Many of the poems included in this collected works first appeared in publications including Southwest Review, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin, Tipton Poetry Review, Harvests of Millenium, Porcupine, Phoenix, The Salmon, and Express Milwaukee.

 Meet the authors at the official book release on March 9, 2012 at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust Avenue in Milwaukee. The entire group will also be appearing at Woodland Pattern’s poetry marathon on January 28, 2012 at 6pm. 

For more information on “Portals and Piers,” and a closer look at the authors, please visit  For more information on the book release and authors’ readings, please visit

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CWW Award Winner on WUWM Jan. 19

Tomorrow! That’s the date author Ann Angel is scheduled to be on Public Radio WUWM’s “Lake Effect” Thursday, Jan. 19. The program airs on 89.7 FM at 10 a.m., Since “Lake Effect” features more than one interview, Ann will be on sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The interview is to focus on her award-winning biography, Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, for which she received the 2010 Council for Wisconsin Writers Kingery/Derluth Nonfiction Book Length Award as well as several other prestigious awards. Janis Joplin would have been 69 tomorrow.

Among Ann’s other recent books are Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories, Silent Embrace,  Perspective on Birth in Adoption, Such a  Pretty Face, Short Stories about BeautyAmy Tan, Weaver of Asian-American Tales, Robert Cormier, Writer of  The Chocolate War.

If you miss the radio broadcast, an archived version will be on WUWM’s website,

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Wisconsin Author Gets Washington Post Mention

Wisconsin children’s writer Ann Bausum’s new book, Marching to the Mountaintop, which is a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., was reviewed in the “Kid’s Post” section of Monday’s Washington Post.

Marching to the Mountaintop continues Ann’s legacy of great and groundbreaking non-fiction historical books for young readers.

Her other books include Unraveling Freedom; Denied, Detained, Deported; Muckrakers; Freedom Riders; With Courage and Cloth; Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs;  Our Country’s Presidents, and Our Country’s First Ladies.

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