Monthly Archives: July 2012

Two Essays

Wisconsin poet and CWW Board member Karla Huston passes along this item:
 The Kay W. Levin Short Non-fiction Award winner for 2010, Krista Eastman, had her essay, “Insider’s Almanac,” published in the Summer 2012 issue of The Georgia Review.
 And Karla, herself, had an essay published in Poet Lore‘s blog “First Person Plural” which can be found at
Kudos to both Krista and Karla!
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Wisconsin Writer Wins Crystal Kite Award

Children/Young Adult author Pat Schmatz’s Bluefish has won SCBWI’s  2012 Midwest region Crystal Kite Award.

What is SCBWI? Arguably the world’s most prestigious and influential, and certainly the largest, organization for children’s writers and illustrators, SCBWI is the acronym for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

What is a Crystal Kite Award? The complete name is the Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards and it is bestowed by fellow SCBWI members on one of their own.

Pat’s Bluefish has won other awards, as has her earlier book, Mousetraps, which the 2008 Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award.

Congratulations, Pat!

You can read about both of those and Pat’s other books — and about Pat — at

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Wisconsin Writer, Academic Dies

From former CWW board member Paul Salsini comes news that Thomas J. Bontly, Wisconsin writer and professor emeritus of English at UW-Milwaukee where he taught literature and creative writing for 35 years died on June 29.

You can see Prof. Bontly’s death notice here:

A 1990 of one of Prof. Bontly’s novels is at




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News About Wisconsin Children’s Writers

Here's news from Wisconsin's children's writers:

Pat Schmatz's Bluefish was selected by the Wisconsin Library Association for the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award.

Stuart Stotts's Books in A Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin has been chosen by the Wisconsin Committee for the National Book Festival to be Wisconsin's representative children's book at the state booth. The festival website is has information about the book.

Janet Halfmann's Home in the Cave has won the Gelett Burgess Award in the Growing Up category: Her Star of the Sea has sold nearly 10,000 copies and is being reprinted. And her Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story is coming out in paperback in the fall.
Julie Bowie is celebrating the release of My Extra Best Friend, the latest in her "Friends for Keeps" series for young readers with book events on July 5, 10 a.m., in Cable WI at Redbery Books with a launch party that will include a camp-style sing-along, rock/bead-necklace making and treats; July 7, 2 p.m. at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul MN with a repeat of the July 5 program; July 12, 7-7:30 p.m. in Eau Claire's Owen Park with friendship-bracelet making prior to the EC Municipal Band Concert, and July 14, 2 p.m., at BAM Bookstore in Eau Claire.

JoAnn Early Macken's nonfiction picture book Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move is moving on new media. JoAnn reports that the book is featured in the trailer for the new Reading Rainbow iPad app. The trailer is on Facebook at and also on the Reading Rainbow/RRKidz site at

Congratulations to all of these authors!

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Writers Event on July 15 in Bay View

Project Empty Space in Milwaukee and the Bay View Writers Group will be hosting a free event for writers on Sunday, July 15, from 1p.m.-5 p.m. at Bay View’s Alchemist Theatre, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic.

The program includes a panel on editors vs. writers and sessions on tax write-offs, non-fiction book proposals, promoting digital books, flash fiction and pitching and querying.

More info is at

To register, go to

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