Here’s the latest news from Cathryn Cofell for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

I’m sending this one beyond my usual NE Wisconsin list because there are several opportunities listed outside our region, including the call for a new Wisconsin Poet Laureate and a NEW workshop listed below.  Thanks for your willingness to read, pass along and participate!
TONIGHT!  SEPTEMBER11:  THE TRIPLETS OF VILLANELLE-VILLE, SEPTEMBER 11!  NO, this is NOT a burlesque show!  It’s the Foot of the Lake’s eighth season opener with a reading by three prominent Wisconsin poets: Kate SontagLisa Vihos, and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor. They will read from the new anthology Villanelles, in which they are featured, as well as from other recent work. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The reading starts promptly at 7 p.m. with an open mic following the featured readers.  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective holds literary events on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at the Windhover Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac. For more info call 920-921-5410.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) 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.

Monday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – Louis Clark and CX Dillhunt

Louis V. Clark III is a Native American Poet/Storyteller. Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in Northeastern Wisconsin, he turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, his family is of the Bear Clan. His first chapbook titled “Two Shoes” was published in the spring of 2011 by the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas. He has received a fellowship award from the Oneida Nation Arts Program and the Wisconsin Arts Board. He and his wife Debra live in Omro where their home is filled with the love of six children and nine grandchildren. He is also a member of the Oshkosh Writers Club and a contributor to the Oneida Times newspaper with a column titled “Off the Rez.”

CX Dillhunt is the author of Things I Never Told Anyone (Parallel Press, UW-Madison Libraries), Girls Saints (Fireweed Press), andDouble Six, a chapbook with his son Drew Dillhunt. Two of his poems on teaching English and American poetry in Xi’an, China recently appeared in Studio, an online international poetry journal at York University, Toronto. His prose poems have appeared in Wisconsin People and Ideas and other literary magazines and journals; he is the assistant editor of Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem. He has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in English literature and world drama, and a master’s in children’s literature. He is a tutor for elementary school writers workshops and volunteers through the Red Cross as a writing instructor at the VA Hospital. CX Dillhunt was named a Commended Poet by the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission in 2010 and was awarded first place in the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters / Wisconsin Book Festival 2012 poetry contest.



Oct 15            Cathryn Cofell and Karla Huston

Nov 19           Ellen Kort and Ralph Murre

Dec 3             Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman + 2013 WFOP

Poets’ Calendar Reading

 Want more opportunities to share your craft at Harmony?  Consider Harmony’s Open Mind Program every Friday night!



 TWO WRITING CLASSES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 12:  Steven Polansky will teach fiction writing and Karla Huston will teach poetry writing.  Classes will meet for ten weeks at the Atlas Coffee Mill, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both classes will engage writers with exemplary texts and look at them through the eyes and ears of a writer.  The poetry class will stress new writing.  Both classes will offer “workshop” discussion of your work-in-progress. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  For details on the classes contact Karla Huston ( or Steven Polansky (


Steven Polansky was born in New York City and educated at Wesleyan, Hollins, and Princeton. He has taught at St. Olaf College, Macalester, and the University of Minnesota. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, Best American Stories, New England Review, and Minnesota Monthly. His book of stories, Dating Miss Universe, won the Sandstone Prize for Fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction.

Karla Huston has taught both literature and writing for 15 years at Neenah High School.  In addition, she’s led workshops for adults at AllWriters’ in Waukesha and Write by the Lake in Madison and many other places. Her poetry, interviews and book reviews have been published widely both online and in print journals.  The author of six chapbooks, she won a Pushcart Prize in 2011.  A full collection of poems will be published later this year.

SOUTH ASIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 21-22: IndUS of Fox Valley, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, presents a two-day conference Finding One’s Voice: A Conference of South Asian Writers’ on September 21-22, 2012 at the Communication Art Center, UW Fox Valley, Menasha. Besides several writers from South Asia, we are excited that the award winning Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa has accepted our invitation. Two of her famous novels Cracking India and Water have been made into award winning movies.  Laurel Mills will be teaching a poetry workshop Saturday afternoon, and WI Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen will facilitate Friday night’s festivities.   The conference is open to public and the admission is free but registration will be required. On Saturday boxed lunches will be available at a reasonable price, and should be booked at the time of registration.  This conference provides a unique opportunity to appreciate India’s rich and prolific literature. See the attached poster for more details.  To register, visit our web site or contact or call 920.749.4911 — or see below!

We have received a few requests for clarification on how to register online. The confusion arises when looking at the web page: On the right side of this page, there are several links, and there are two links for our event:

  • Link #3 is ‘Finding One’s Voice-A Conference of South Asian Writers’ (a pdf registration form to print, complete & mail in)
  • Link #4 is ‘Finding One’s Voice Registration’ (register online)

LISA CIHLAR ALLWRITERS’ CELEBRITY SATURDAY WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Do you have a voice inside your head?  Is he or she coming out in the form of poetry?  Let poet Lisa Cihlar help you guide this character through a poetic series! The Poetic Obsession – Writing a Character Series will help you define your character and look at ways to write a cluster of poems that echo each other without being carbon copies.  Participants will do exercises, brain storming, and character mapping.  Bring along five to ten character based poems and let’s see who shouts the loudest.     This AllWriters’ Celebrity Saturday Event will take place on September 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  $85, which includes lunch, catered by Café de Art!

Lisa’s poems have been published in The South Dakota Review, Corium, Green Mountains Review, In Posse Review, Bluestem, and The Prose-Poem Project. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She is the author of two chapbooks, “The Insomniac’s House,” from Dancing Girl Press, and “This is How She Fails” from Crisis Chronicles.    Register by calling 262-446-0284, or going online at, click on Celebrity Saturdays.

PAM GEMIN, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:  Appleblossom Books, 200 E City Center in Oshkosh, hosts a featured reader on the 4th Tuesday of most months.  Pam Gemin will be this month’s feature.  She  teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the UW-Oshkosh. Her first book of poems, Vendettas, Charms, and Prayers, was a Minnesota Voices Project winner.  Gemin is also the editor of University of Iowa Press’ Boomer Girls (1999, with Paula Sergi), Are You Experienced? (2003), and Sweeping Beauty (2005). Her collection of poems, Another Creature (2010), was a finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.

KARLA HUSTON & CATHRYN COFELL, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:  Reading from their new collaborative chapbook, Split Personality, and a few of their own including selections from Karla’s forthcoming collection.  Reading begins at 7:00 p.m.  Open Mic follows.  New venue in Stevens Point at the Church of the Intercession, 1417 Church Street.

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.


The Poet Laureate Commission of Wisconsin announces the application process for selection of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013–2014. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position, or application packages may be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate.  Have you seen the growing list of the perks for being selected?

  • Recognition at an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters
  • $2,000 annually for expenses. The Poet Laureate is encouraged to accept honorariums or remuneration from host organizations
  • Each year of the two-year appointment, a one-week artist’s residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point
  • Featured in an issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture
  • Publication of a commemorative broadside
  • Press coverage related to key activities
  • Dedicated Poet Laureate webpage with technical support provided for its upkeep

For more information or to complete an application, visit: 

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for

Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP)

See how you can support Wisconsin poets and writers at the CWW website,




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