Monthly Archives: May 2012

Poetry News About NE Wisconsin

Here’s news from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) PR Coordinator Cathryn Cofell:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months.  Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.  

Judy Kolosso lives with her husband and two cats near Slinger, WI at the southern edge of the Northern Kettle Moraine Forest.  They also spend time in Neenah at her family’s farm where her love of nature was kindled.  Judy and her husband have two grown sons.  She has published two collections of poetry, Aubade and In The First Place, and is in the process of gathering together a third.

Fran Nelson is writing non-fiction and poetry with a group of local Valley poetry writers who are very talented and inspiring.  She enjoys all kinds of reading, writing and traveling.  Fran is retired from the medical field and actively engaged as a realtor.  A sample of her work follows:



July 16           Nancy Rafal and Wendy Schmidt 
August 20     Barb Germiat and Beth Spencer

Sept 17          Louis Clark and CX Dilhunt
Want more opportunities to share your craft at Harmony?  Consider Harmony’s Open Mind Program every Friday night!



7:00 pm  reading and book signing at Avol’s Books, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison.  Join sunnyoutside press poets Huston & Cofell reading from their brand spanking new collaborative chapbook, Split Personality, and BJ Best, author of State Sonnets and the forthcoming I Got Off the Train at Ash Lake.  Click on their names above for the websites of each.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, Huston & Cofell will also be leading a workshop with Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen, of two collaborative exercises from the book Wingbeats:  Exercises & Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press). This is an open workshop from 1-4:00 pm, free of charge—no need to pre-register, at the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison. Please bring a stalled poem, a pen or pencil, and paper or a notebook.

PAULA SERGI:  TUESDAY, JUNE 12:  7 p.m. the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Windhover Center for the Arts will present a reading from Sergi’s new book, Black Forest Love Songs at the Windhover Café Gallery, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  Of her new book, poet David Graham says:  Love in all its moods and seasons stands at the center of Paula Sergi’s Black Forest Love Songs, her strongest collection yet.  The voice here is wise and wistful, the emotional clarity notable, and the lines rich with music and dramatic detail. Sergi displays an especially sharp eye for gray areas of both thought and feeling. “I want it all,” the speaker of one poem admits; and of course wanting is at the core of life’s sweetness as well as its losses.  In fact, this book does have it all:  music, honesty, and unforgettable turns of phrase and thought in every poem.  Refreshments served.  Book signing and open mic will follow.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, JUNE 15-16:  The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books will return to the UW-Waukesha campus on June 15-16, 2012 celebrating the theme “Freedom to Read.” 100 authors and presenters including keynote Tawni O’Dell and Wisconsin favorites Cathryn Cofell with Obvious Dog (Bruce Dethlefsen and Bill Orth), Jerry Apps, Kathie Giorgio and Jean Feraca.  View the 2012 Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books Program for detailed information about program content.

ANN PETERS:  FRIDAY, JUNE 15:  Ann Peters, a New Yorker and native of Fond du Lac, will read from her forthcoming book House Hold: A Memoir of American Place and Property.  7 pm reading at Windhover Café Gallery, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac. Refreshments will be served.  

LEN TEWS:  TUESDAY, JUNE 26:  This new venue at 200 E City Center in Oshkosh now hosts a featured reader on the 4th Tuesday of most months. Tewswill be giving a poetry reading at 6:30 pm. Len Tews retired in 1996 and moved to Seattle where he began writing  poetry.  Some of his poetry has been collected into five chapbooks: Family Poems, Dance Steps in Brass, The Moon Is Not Yet, Singing the River and Frayed Ends. His work has also been published in  Mid-America Poetry Review, The Wisconsin Review, Echoes, Fox Cry, Verse Wisconsin and other places. He has recently moved back to Oshkosh.  An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   

Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Green Bay on South Oneida holds open mic readings on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no featured reader.


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Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival is Nigh

Recent CWW winners Kathleen Ernst and Sr. Josephe Marie Flynn join a host of other Wisconsin writers, including Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen, as presenters at the 2012 Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival at UW-Waukesha June 15-16.

Schedule and beaucoup other info is at

Other info about CWW is at

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Wisconsinite Writes about a Liberal Dad with Family Values

Here’s a news release announcing a new book by award-winning Wisconsin writer Russell King:

Confessions of an American Dad

A Liberal Wisconsin dad proves that Conservatives do not have a monopoly on “family values.”

By Russell King

Veracity Press / Veracity Media

Contact: Steve Moore, Publisher /

“Russell King is the Benjamin Spock of our time … Finally a book on fatherhood that is not about building kites and going to ball games. This one is about the interactive relationship between dads and their kids. Russell illustrates with every day kid raising experiences how distinctly fathers can germinate positive ideas and behaviors in their children’s lives that no one else can.”

~ Amazon Customer Review

“Family Values” is something we hear about all the time by politicians and pundits, preachers and proselytes, who paint a picture of crumbling families and a deteriorating social order. The rhetoric is of fear and exclusion, and is completely divorced from any notion of what the American family is actually like. Finally, Russell King brings sanity, respect, and honest insight into the debate. At last, a poignant look at one father’s efforts to make “family values” synonymous with inclusion, growth, community, and love.

Russell King’s been making his way through life by hooking nouns to verbs since before he knew what nouns and verbs were. Russ’s 2010 blog post “Open Letter to Conservatives” went viral, becoming the single most read post in the history of the Talking Points Memo network and was featured on MSNBC. His writings have appeared nationally and internationally, in newspapers, magazines, books and journals.

Russell is a winner of the national “Rosebud” award for poetry and recipient of multiple awards for poetry and essay writing. He holds his creation of the Wisconsin state Poet Laureate post as one of his proudest achievements. Russell is available for print and broadcast interviews, and is perfect as an informative panelist to any discussion on the Liberal/Progressive perspective.

More information about “Confessions of an American Dad” is at Veracity Stew’s Bookstore, their Facebook page or at

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Scene of Award-Winning Crimes

Below is an appreciation from CWW Anne Powers Fiction Book Award winner Kathleen Ernst and info about the setting for her  Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Congratulations again, Kathleen.
Kathleen Standing by Old World Wisconsin Entrance Sign

Old World Murder Book Cover
5 Weeks on Amazon’s
Best Selling Mysteries List

The Heirloom Murders cover Image
Best 2011 Fiction Book –Council for Wisconsin Writers
Old World Wisconsin is the premier outdoor history museum in Wisconsin, and one of the very best in the country.  If you have ever visited Old World, then you know what I mean.  If you haven’t yet, then a memorable experience awaits you.
Starting in 1982, I spent twelve years there as an interpreter and curator.  When I wrote my first two Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery books, Old World Murder and The Heirloom Murders, I set many of the key scenes in the museum’s public and private areas that I knew so well.
If you’d enjoy seeing where many of those scenes take place, and discussing them, then please join me for an exclusive, before-hours/behind-the-scenes guided tour through the historic buildings that make up a big part of Chloe’s world.
You’ll also have the special opportunity to hear about the historic buildings from Old World Curator Marty Perkins, who knows more about the historic site than anyone else.
The inaugural tour will be held Sunday morning June 10th. Attendance is limited to facilitate Q&A.  Prior registration is required.  In addition to the tour, tickets provide access to a group reception, and to the museum for the rest of the day.  This is a fundraiser — all proceeds go to support Old World.  For additional details, including how to sign-up, click
Want to attend, but the gas pump ate your ticket money?
Don’t despair!  I’m giving away one free pair of tickets to the June 10th tour.  If you’re 18 or older, you could be the lucky one.  To enter the contest drawing, just reply to this email. I’ll announce the winner next Monday, May 21st, so send your reply before then (just one reply per person please).


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CWW Award Winner Gene DeWeese Takes Final Trek

Three-time Council for Wisconsin Writers award winner,  New York Times bestselling author and a Wisconsin Library Association “Notable Wisconsin Writer” Gene DeWeese lived up to his self-applied procrastinator reputation to the end. A memorial service for the 78-year-old Milwaukeean was scheduled for nearly two months after his March 19 death. At least, that’s what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported his obituary today. You can read about DeWeese’s remarkable writing career and penchant for procrastinating at


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Annual Awards Day Was Rewarding

Poets and authors and essayists, oh my!

What a great time was had by more than 80 people who attended the Council for Wisconsin Writers Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 12.

Winners in eight of nine contest categories were on hand to receive their awards and read from their winning works. We were so sorry about the absence of the one winner who was unable to attend because of the death of her mother.

Congratulations to the winners, those who received honorable mentions and to Karl Elder who received the Christopher Latham Sholes Award for the “outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers.

More details are at:

Photos of winners and honorable mentions are at:

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“Shut Up” Celebrates More Success

CWW board member and Judy Redbird Bridges and founder of Redbird Studio writing center in Milwaukee WI is celebrating the third national award her book Shut Up & Write! has received. This one is a bronze from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). 
“Thanks to all who taught me everything I know so I could write the book,” Judy says.
“Congratulations!” we shout back.

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