Monthly Archives: February 2012

“Kidnapping Henry Kissinger” Gets 5-Star Reviews

Peddler Creek School of Literary & Performing Arts co-founded and Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Coleman is swinging from a star — or stars — today, thanks to two rave reviews of his new book, “Kidnapping Henry Kissinger,” that have been posted on

Here’s what Coleman says:

Two five-star reviews of my novel – Kidnapping Henry Kissinger – were posted today on Amazon

 One is from – which rated the book “excellent”.

 The second is from reviewer M.J. Meyerding, whose review is attached below. 

 Review on Amazon by M. J. Meyerding:“Joe Ball is a nice guy, the kind of person you’d be happy to have as your neighbor. When we first meet him, he is being paroled after several decades in federal prison, and we watch him struggle to adapt to the “free world”: jumping from 1970 to 2006 with only prison in between is not easy.For a while, I thought the big shock of the story would be the revelation of how such a decent man ended up with such a heavy prison sentence. But I was wrong. Even more shocking than what stole most of Joe’s life away is what’s hidden within the new, post-9/11 reality that closes in around him after he’s released. The story takes us back and forth between the young, idealistic college student… More > of 1969-70 and the stubbornly principled man of 2006-07, and we are drawn into both ages of Joe’s life, each with its distinctive lovers, friends, work, and atmosphere. And when the most secret, shocking machinations of his “before” come to mesh with the reincarnation of those same forces in his “after,” we realize that his world is our world, too.

This is an engaging, humane, and politically-astute thriller. It sure kept me reading!”



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Finding an Agent Workshop

Here's info from writer and SCBWI-WI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-Wisconsin Chapter) member Georgia Beaverson about a workshop featuring tips on how to get an agent:

"Want to hone your agent-hunting skills? I'm pleased to announce that the SW Wisc/Madison area will offer a 3-hour workshop by Emily Kokie on How to Find an Agent. It will take place on Saturday, March 31 at the E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland, Wisconsin. The presentation on which this expanded
workshop is based got rave reviews at the fall, 2010 retreat. Join us for a great professional development offering.

WHAT: How to Find an Agent Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2012

TIME: 1-4 p.m.

WHO: Emily Kokie

WHERE: E.D. Locke Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee Street, McFarland, WI

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COST: $25"

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And the Chapbook Winner Is …

Wisconsin poet and former Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Susan Elbe is this year’s Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Contest winner for her Where Good Swimmers Drown, which will be published by Concrete Wolf Press in the fall. 
CWW member/secretary, Karla Huston, received honorable mention for her book, “Outside of a Dog,” and CWW member/treasurer Ron Czerwien’s “The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions” is a finalist.
Congratulations, Susan, Karla and Ron.
For more, here’s the link to the Concrete Wolf Press news release.
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Writers Festival In SE Wisconsin In Three Weeks – Early Bird Extended

UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Ed.’s Tenth Annual Spring Writers Festival, March 9-11, 2012, starts off with an invitation to:

Celebrate 10 years with the Spring Writers Festival! If you have been here before, come back to see how much progress our authors have made and how we have grown. If you have never been to the Festival, you are in for a treat. It’s your chance to improve your craft, connect with fellow wordsmiths, meet in-the-know editors and agents and learn how to get your work published-all while enjoying an invigorating weekend. You will leave with the inspiration and know-how to pursue your writing projects.

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This Book Sounds Like A Thriller

Writer, producer, performer and new CWW board member Coleman (yep, he has only one name), who was founder of Alley Stage in Mineral Point of which he served for a time as artistic director, has published a new book, Kidnapping Henry Kissenger. Here’s Coleman’s announcement about the book’s release:  


By Coleman

 Joe Ball never hurt anybody. He only wanted to stop other people from being hurt. In 2006, he’s paroled into a world that doesn’t seem to have changed very much in ways that matter the most. America is still fighting an undeclared war, a rogue President is conducting illegal surveillance against US citizens and habeas corpus is ignored at the whim of the Justice Department.

Joe Ball only wants to be left alone, to live what’s left of his life in peace.

Inspired by a true story

Amazon Kindle Edition   $9.99

Print Edition   $15.95

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New Wisconsin Writing/Arts Center Opens

 Here’s exciting news on the writing/arts front in Wisconsin:

Announcing the opening of a new arts producing organization in Mineral Point!

Founded by popular Wisconsin novelist/essayist Dean Bakopoulos and by Mineral Point producer/writer Coleman, Peddler Creek will produce:

  •  writing workshops taught by nationally prominent authors
  • literary readings of new works
  • musical performances
  • theatrical performances of original works

 April 21, at the new Pendarvis Education Center

 “Your Summer Novel” – a full-day writing workshop taught by Dean Bakopoulos

  • Live from Lead Corners” – 8 pm performance by Dean Bakopoulos, Katie Burns & friends

 October 19 & 20, a new one-man show  – “The Creeping Man” – adapted from the Arthur Conan Doyle short story and performed by  Coleman

 More events will be announced soon.

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“Verse Wisconsin” Co-Editors Named Madison Poets Laureate

A recent news release from the City of Madison starts out…

“Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced that Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman have agreed to serve as Poets Laureate for the City of Madison. Busse and Vardaman will share the volunteer position from January 16, 2012 until January 18, 2016.”

A reception and celebratory poetry reading is being hosted this Saturday, February 11, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53714. State Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen, members of the Hibiscus Poetry Collective and Poets Laureate Emeriti Fabu and Andrea Musher are among those who will be reading from their works. The reception is free and open to the public.

The rest of the news release is at

Congratulations from all of CWW to Sarah and Wendy on this great honor.

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