Monthly Archives: March 2012

CWW Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

Congrats to this year’s CWW writing award winners and honorable mentions — and kudos to the judges and contest chairs for job well done!
 
Below is CWW’s news release announcing the recipents, who are also listed on the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org/2011winners.htm. Click on the person’s name to read about and see a picture of them, and to see their book cover, if their winning work is in book form.
 
PRESS RELEASE

WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED

CONTACT: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eight winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2011 were announced today by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Each will receive $500 and a week-long writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point. Awards were decided by out-of-state judges and will be presented at a May 12 Awards Luncheon at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The public is cordially invited to attend and celebrate Wisconsin’s fine writers.

Winners are Kathleen Ernst of Middleton for her fiction book The Heirloom Murders; Paula vW. Dáil of Spring Green for her nonfiction book Women and Poverty in 21st Century America; Adam Fell of Madison for his poetry book I Am Not a Pioneer;

Janet Halfmann of South Milwaukee for her children’s book Star of the Sea. A Day in the Life of a Starfish; and Richard Carter of Wauwatosa for outdoor writing in his book Through the Cabin Door.

The winner for short fiction is Lydia Conklin of Madison for “Bear With Me” in Narrative Magazine; for short nonfiction, Mary Ellen Gabriel of Madison for “Ne-rucha-ja: The Forgotten Tale of Frost’s Woods and Charles E. Brown’s Fight To Save It for the Ho-Chunk” in Wisconsin Magazine of History. Sarah Busse of Madison received the Lorine Niedecker Award for five poems.

Honorable mentions were also named in each category and will receive $50 each. They are Douglas W. Jacobson of Elm Grove, for The Katyn Order: a novel; Josephe Marie Flynn, SSND, Milwaukee for her nonfiction book Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death; Robin Chapman of Madison for her poetry book the eelgrass meadow; Rachel Callaray of Hartford for her children’s book My Wooden Wings; and Marcia Carmichael, Eagle, for outdoor writing in Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Early Settlers.  

Paul Schultz of Madison received honorable mention for his short fiction “First Sign” from Burning Bright, Passager; Wendy Vardaman of Madison, for her short nonfiction “The Essay that I Begin Writing While Walking to the Wisconsin Capitol Trying to Discern the Right Question, 2/24/11,” Verse Wisconsin; and Susan Elbe of Madison, for the Niedecker Award for five poems.

Annetta Lorraine Martin, a junior at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, is winner of the Essay Award for Young Writers, which totals $250 in 2011, for her essay “Tiny Fingers.” Brandon Hansen, a junior at Florence High School, receives an honorable mention for his essay “You Have My Heart (At Least for the Most Part).”

Karl Elder of Lakeland College is recipient of the $500 Christopher Latham Sholes Award for outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers through his long history of mentoring and showcasing their work, especially in co-ordinating the Great Lake Writers Festival since 1991.

More about the winners, names of the out-of-state judges and information for reserving a place at the May 12 Awards luncheon ($28; reservations required by May 7) is at the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org.  (Note the new website address.)

CWW is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 to promote awareness of Wisconsin’s literary heritage.

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Well-Known Milwaukee Writer, University Instructor Dies

Wisconsin writer and poet and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee instructor Jim Hazard died unexpectedly earlier this month. Here’s the link to a story that ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org.
 

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A Big Read Winner!

“Wake Up Call,” an essay by Wisconsin writer and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member Stephanie Lowden, won first place in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Go Big Read” reading program contest.

The program’s news release is at  http://www.news.wisc.edu/20444, which says, “Most of us may think economics is a subject best left to university professors and politicians, but it would behoove us to learn more about how our country’s policies affect the rest of humanity, not to mention our own jobs at home,” Madison resident Stephanie Lowden wrote in her winning essay.  “Understanding this will help turn a complex issue into a very human story. And from the human story, perhaps a way forward.”

Congratulations, Stephanie!    

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org.

 

 

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Wisconson Author featured on TTBOOK

“Michael Perry is proud to be a Wisconsin writer.  Even with a few bestsellers under his belt, Perry chooses to live and write in his hometown, New  Auburn, Wisconsin.  He writes with humor and grace about his life there in the books, “Population: 485,” and “Truck: A Love Story.”  So, what’s life like, as a writer from the Midwest?”

That’s the lead-in to an interview this past weekend on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best Of Our Knowledge” with New Auburn resident Michael Perry. It was part of a program called “Kicking Off The Coasts” that looks at the rather frustrating accepted wisdom amongst New Yorkers and Angelinos that the East and West coasts are the centers of the literary and arts universe.

Here’s the link to either listen to or read the transcript of the archived segment:

http://ttbook.org/book/michael-perry-being-wisconsin-writer

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org

 

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WWA Calendar Lists Writing Events

Executive Director for the Wisconsin Writers Association Executive Director Jenny Turner invites writers and writing advocates to submit events information to her organization’s calendar. The online calendar is at: http://www.wiwrite.org/downloads/calendar.pdf.

This sounds like a wonderful resource for Wisconsin writers and those interested in writing and related events. Jenny says the calendar goes out to more than 450 members across the state and is included in the group’s five publications.

Anyone who would like to add events to the WWA calendar can contact Jenny at jturner4@charter.net.

Thanks, Jenny!

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WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS LUNCHEON MAY 12

Please join us to honor recipients of the 2012 Wisconsin Writers Awards at the Council for Wisconsin Writers annual awards luncheon on May 12 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee.
 
The 11:30 a.m. luncheon is preceeded by a reception at 11 a.m. Award presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m.
 
Cost for the event is $28. Reservations need to be made by Monday, May 7.  More information is at:
http://www.wiswriters.org/news.htm (note the CWW’s NEW website address: www.wiswriters.org).

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Still Time to Get in on Writers Festival

UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education says there’s still time to register for its Spring Writers Festival. Below is the link to a news release titled: 

Tenth Annual Spring Writers Festival: Get Writing. Get Better. Get Published. March 9-11, 2012

Details at: http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/conference.cfm?id=561&source=FB-30-12-E

Here’s the registration link: http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/conference.cfm?id=565

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at www.wiswriters.org

 

 

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