Monthly Archives: October 2012

Award-Winning Mystery Writer on WPR with Meiller Tomorrow

11:05-11:45 AM Central – Monday – October 29th
The Larry Meiller Show – Wisconsin Public Radio
  Light Keeper's Legacy cover page

Mystery writer, “American Girl” author and CWW Award winner Kathleen Ernst will be on the Larry Meiller Show tomorrow (Oct. 29) to discuss and take calls about the newest book in her very popular Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries for adults.

The book is set in Door County, WI, where Chloe is on a temporary assignment to consult on restoring the beautiful and remote Pottawatomie Lighthouse.

Larry’s show has an audience of 100,000 listeners,  and I’m inviting you to be one of them.

There are several ways you can listen live on Monday starting at 11:05 CDT.
Larry Meiller Show Wisconsin Public Radio logo.
On th
e Radio – The show will be broadcast on the WPR Ideas Network. It can be heard throughout most of Wisconsin, and in parts of northern Illinois and eastern Iowa and Minnesota. For a list of the network’s radio stations, and the call in number, go to

On the Internet
 – The show will be streamed liveas a WPR Webcast. To listen, go to

If you want to listen, but can’t do so when the show is live — don’t despair!

Shortly after the broadcast, WPR will put a digital copy of the show on their website so you can download it as a podcast. It will also be posted to The Light Keeper’s Legacy page on Kathleen’s website which visitors can listen to!

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CWW Fiction Winner Writes for Children

Former CWW board member Paul Salsini reports that his book for children, “Stefano and the Christmas Miracles,” has been published. Set in Tuscany like his novels, it is the story of a grandfather telling his little grandson about the figures in their nativity set and of the miracles that happen to them when they go to Bethlehem.
Paul will have a reading for this book and for “The Temptation of Father Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany,”  published earlier this year, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, and he will give a talk, “From Journalist to Novelist,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Villa Terrace, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee (admission is $8 for members and $12 for nonmembers).
The first novel in his A Tuscan Trilogy, “The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany,” won first place for fiction from CWW in 2006.

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Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar

Here is LOTS of information provided in a news release from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar 2014 Submission Guidelines
Submissions read October 1, 2012 through December 15, 2012. Submissions are open to any resident or anyone with a close connection to Wisconsin.
Theme: anything Wisconsin from landmarks to hiding places, from mud paths to vistas, from the emerald ash borer to dreams, love, or fury.
1. Submit one to three poems. We welcome shorter poems.
2. No previously published work will be considered. No simultaneous submissions.
3. Include your name, a bio of 30 words or fewer, a mailing address, and email address with all submissions.
4. Email poems to: Send entries within the body of one email. We will not open any unsolicited attachments.
5. Snail mail poems (include SASE) to: Judy Kolosso, 4320 Cedar Creek Road, Slinger, WI 53086.
We look forward to your fine poetry. If your work is accepted, you will receive one copy of the Calendar containing your poetry. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2013.
Paula Anderson and Judy Kolosso
Out and About with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen:
November 8th
Class visit UW-La Crosse and reading with Cathryn Cofell, Centennial Hall 5:30 p.m.
November 9th
Panel member: Performance Poetry with First Wave at the UW, Wisconsin Book Festival 5:30 p.m., Madison
November 10th
Panel member: The Art of Losing: Four Wisconsin Poets on Love, Bereavement, and Healing, 1:30 – 2:45, Wisconsin Book Festival, formerly Avol’s, Madison
November 14th
Teach at Creative Writing Festival, UW-Whitewater
Northwest Region
Last Call
All Northwest Region members who have not sent a poem to Jan for the conference brochure need to do so asap. Please limit poem to one page. Theme of the conference is political nature poetry-interpret that as you will. Jan’s email is
LaMoine MacLaughlin will be reading from his recent book of poems, Secrets from the Wings, in various venues this fall. LaMoine is co-founder and Executive Director of the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts and the Northern Lakes School of the Arts located in Amery, Wisconsin. After earning his undergraduate and graduate degree, he taught English for nearly ten years following graduation. He has been active in many poet groups through the twenty or so years. In 2003, Mr. MacLaughlin was appointed first Poet Laureate of Amery, Wisconsin. In 2009 his poems were published in the collection, A Scent of Lilac and other poems, in 2011, Lyra, and in 2012, Secrets from the Wings.  His readings will include:
Frederic – Frederic Public Library: Tuesday, November 27th – 7:00 p.m.
Webster – Larsen Family Public Library: Thursday, January 17th – Time TBD – please note this event has been rescheduled from Tuesday, October 23rd
Northeast Region
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 2012-2013 Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Fellowship, 10341 Water Street (Hwy. 42), On the south end of the Shops of Green Gables, Ephraim WI. All programs start at 7 pm and have open mic after the featured reader.

November 14     Chuck Sully
December 12     Steven Link
January 9          Estella Lauter
February 13       Youth Readers
March 13           Rolf Olson
East Region
Every Monday night Poet’s Monday, the longest running “poetry” Open Mic in Milwaukee started by Sheila Spargur in 1990, is held at the Cafe Melange. It is currently at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 East Locust Street, Milwaukee. Each week there is an Open Mic and a featured reader. The door opens at 7:30 p.m. and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. The cover is $3 which goes to expenses and to the featured reader. They specialize in new local poets. The featured reader is listed in the Shepard Express.
Every Tuesday night except when the theatre has been rented there is an Acoustic Open Mike at the Miramar Theater on 2844 Oakland Ave. Sign up starts at 7:30 p.m. on a first come first served basis and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. There is no feature. They get songwriters, musicians, comedians, and poets. The cover is $2 and the performer gets a CD of his or her performance.
John F. Kennedy Annual Commemorative – 49th Anniversary – Host Poet Jeanie Dean & Guests
The Day Democracy Died – Music – Poetry – Video
The Coffee House – 631 N. 19th St. – Milwaukee, WI 53233 in Redeemer Lutheran Church
November 11, 2012 – Sunday 7:00 pm
$5.00 Donation – A Living Activism Benefit for The Coffeehouse & Redeemer Church
Milwaukee poet Jeanie Dean hosts a program of poetry and music commemorating John F Kennedy for the 49th anniversary of the November 22, 1963 Assassination at the 19th St Coffee House on Sunday November 11 at 7:00 pm. A Night of Bardic Elegy and Memory, the program features poetry from her book The Day Democracy Died, original works by area musicians and poets and audio visual on JFK topics. The Program includes open conversation for guests. There will be a cavalcade of Kennedy songs with guest performers,
Poets: Joanne Chang, Peter Blewett
Musicians: Mud River Lee, Uriel Olson & Jacob Hey and the band 23BC, Dave Geisthardt,
Composer Mark Mantel
Calendar Reading
Last year the reading was a delight and we have been invited back to read poems from the 2013 Poets’ Calendar. On Saturday November 10th at 2:00 we will host a calendar reading in the Rare Books Room at the downtown Milwaukee Public Library. If you have a poem in the 2013 calendar please come and read your poem, if you do not have a poem in the calendar please come and wildly applaud those who are reading.  If your calendar poem is short, you may read two poems, another one of yours or possibly one from the calendar by a poet who cannot attend the reading.  Reginald Baylor, the artist for the new calendar, has been invited to join us. The Central Library is a landmark building listed on the register of historic places. The building opened in 1898.  It is an architectural gem, a combination of French and Italian renaissance styles, the building is one block long. Mosaic tile floors were restored in 2008. The Children’s room holds a Hans Christian Anderson window, the floor of the Children’s Room was designed by Milwaukee artist Lois Ehlert. The new “green roof” on the library holds soil, plants and solar panels converting energy to electricity. The Rare Books Room was dedicated in 2001. The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar 2013 will be available for purchase, Nancy Rafal will handle the sales.  There is street parking and a parking lot across from the library on Wisconsin Ave. The Milwaukee Central Library is at 814 W Wisconsin Ave. Please come from near and far to join us for an opportunity to present poetry in this grand setting, invite your friends and family, and if you need further enticement . . . there will be cookies.
Karen Kerans is having an art/poetry showing at Wehr Nature Center for the month of November. This showing called “Paintings and Poems by Karen” are original watercolors with her poems that relate to the paintings. This is the first of a series of artistic displays the nature center is offering through the year and it can be viewed anytime the center is open. Wehr Nature Center is located at 9701 W. College Ave. in Whitnall Park. The gate is between 92nd St. and Hwy. 100. Call ahead for hours or go to
Karen’s watercolor paintings and poems are then traveling to the Hales Corners Library where they will be on display for the month of December.
November 5th, 10-11 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., The poetry of 19th Century German mystic-prophet Rainer Maria Rilke will, if you dare, “rearrange the furniture of your soul.” He calls us to sensitivity and oneness with all that is natural and spiritual. Let him invite you to “experience everything” and expand your spirit in “ever-widening circles.” Siena Retreat Center, 5635 Erie St., Racine. Freewill offering. Contact 262-639-4100×1234
6PM (doors open 5:30)
suggested $10 donation
Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2
The Great Lakes Writers Festival is held annually at Lakeland College, and is always free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Karl Elder, Lakeland’s Fessler Professor of Creative Writing, and provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to talk with peers, discuss their work, and learn from the pros in workshops. In Lakeland’s Sesquicentennial year, all the writers are alumni of the college: Matthew Henriksen ’01, Jodie Liedke ’06, Dawn Hogue ’90 and Jean Kuehnel ’87.
In addition to the workshops, everyone is invited to attend a complimentary reception and reading by the featured writers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st in the Pub on Lakeland’s main campus. To register for any part of the festival, including the evening reception, email
South-Central Region
Third Thursday Poetry Readings 6 p.m., Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Avenue, Ft. Atkinson, WI. This series is sponsored by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker. It is free and open to the public.
November 15     Richard Merelman
December 20     James Pollock
Photos In The Foyer
Portage Center for the Arts is pleased to expand its popular monthly exhibit of local talent by adding poetry to our themed contest.  Entries are due on the 1st of each month.  Voting is still $1.00 per vote, with voting for photos and poetry separately; a winner in each category, each month. Submit to: — subject line “Photos/Poetry in Foyer Contest” or send to Portage Center For The Arts, 301 E. Cook Street, P.O. Box 866, Portage, WI 53901. Themes this year are:
November Theme — “Fall Colors”
December Theme — “Comfort Food”
January Theme — “Little Rascals”
February Theme — “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things”
March Theme — “Real Life Super Heroes”
April Theme — “Stormy Weather”
May is the Winner’s Showcase
For the Love of the Land
Shoreline, Savanna, Sand Counties
Photography by Bobbie Krinsky – Poetry by Alice D’Alessio
Tuesday September 4th through Tuesday, October 30th
McKay Center, UW Arboretum
Reception & Reading on Sunday, October 7th, 1-3 pm
The 2012 Lorine Niedecker WI Poetry Festival will be November 2 – 4. For more information, go to
Wisconsin Book Festival
November 7-11, 2012
Richard Merelman and Timothy Walsh will read their poems at Sequoya Public Library, Midvale and Tokay Blvds., Madison, Saturday, November 10th at 2 p.m. Merelman will read from his new volume, The Imaginary Baritone (Fireweed Press).
Richard Merelman and Mark Kliewer will read their poems at The Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St., Baraboo, Friday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. Merelman will read from his new volume, The Imaginary Baritone(Fireweed Press).
Bridge Poetry Series: Offering of the Angels
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison WI
November 1, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries
Invited Wisconsin poets will read works inspired by artworks in the exhibition Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery.  Poets include Dasha Kelly, Brent Goodman, Sara Crossland, Adam Fell, Sara Parrell, Max Garland, Margaret Rozga, William Rodriguez, Andrea Potos, Ernesto Livorni, Rebecca Dunham and Sean Bishop.
Madison poets Katrin Talbot, Sara Parrell, Susan Elbe, and Jesse Lee Kercheval have launched the Bridge Poetry Series in collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art. This series creates a unique venue for poetry in Madison and highlights ekphrastic poetry, or poetry about works of art. This is the first of a semi-annual program of poetry about art. Twice yearly, about a dozen Wisconsin poets will be invited to write poems inspired by works in one of the museum’s temporary exhibition, directly linking art and poetry.
Frank X Walker at the Wisconsin Book Festival, November 9-11
Verse Wisconsin ( in partnership with Black Earth Institute, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, UW Creative Writing Program, and UW Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI/First Wave), is pleased to bring Kentucky poet-artist-publisher-activist Frank X Walker to the Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, for six free events, including a reading of his work and discussion of historical poetry, November 10th, 7 p.m., Promenade Hall/Overture; a poetry publishers’ panel; a film screening/discussion of Coal Black Voices; and multiple events with the cutting edge Hip Hop Arts program at UW-Madison, First Wave ( Complete details about Walker’s events are here: A new interview of Frank X Walker is available October 18th in the “It’s Political” Issue of Verse Wisconsin (
With his focus on forgotten and important African American historical figures, as well as questions about writing historical poetry and redefining a cultural/literary region, these are events that should appeal to all ages, including high school and college students.
Frank X Walker is the author of six poetry collections, including Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (University of Georgia, forthcoming May 2013); When Winter Come: the Ascension of York(University Press of Kentucky, 2008); Black Box (Old Cove Press, 2005); Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York (University Press of Kentucky, 2003), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award in 2004; andAffrilachia (Old Cove Press, 2000). A 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Walker is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky and Director of African American & Africana Studies, and the editor of PLUCK! the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture. Walker coined the term Affrilachia in order to redefine the region known as Appalachia, and to make people aware of its diversity. With Nikky Finney and other poets from the region, he founded the “Affrilachian Poets.”
Richard Merelman will headline Cheap Reads’ November 11th reading and open mic at the Fountain, 122 State Street in Madison. The featured reader will be followed by the usual Open Mic. Come on down between  2 p.m. and 4 p.m., the second Sunday (yes, it has been bumped by the annual WFOP festival and conference.)  We will return to first Sundays in December.
A group of haiku poets will meet for a workshop on Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 PM at The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce Street in Mineral Point. The group discusses previously published haiku as well as haiku members of the group have written. The workshop will study and discuss the haiku in AMERICAN HAIKU, Volume 1, Number 2. Copies of the magazine will be provided. This was the most experimental issue published by AH.  We will also have a brief time to write haiku and discuss what we have written.
We welcome new as well as established haiku poets, and those who just want to learn about haiku. Please feel free to come, learn, listen and join the discussion. We learn by reading and talking about haiku. Our discussions are designed for both novice and accomplished haiku poets. We will also discuss any questions you may have about haiku or senryu. Everyone interested in haiku is encouraged to attend.  Phone 608-987-4363 or email for more information.
Mid-Central Region
The Original Voice is a free event held at the Coloma Hotel, 132 Main Street, Coloma the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The evening starts with a featured guest artist who shares ideas and inspirations and presents a half hour or so of his/her own work. This is an opportunity for creative people to introduce poems, books, chapbooks, or CDs or to try out some new work on an audience.
Following the featured guest, the microphone is available to anyone who wants to take part. Both unseasoned and experienced performers are urged to make brief presentations––two or three of their own poems or songs, a short essay, or a couple of pages of prose.
For more information or to sign up as a featured presenter, contact Barb Cranford at (608) 564-7701 or Julie Eger at (920) 787-7663. No need to sign up to take part in the open mic, just come.
November 14     Gloria Zager
December 12     NO READING IN DEC
January 10        NO READING IN JAN
February 13       Tom Farley
March 13           Karla Huston and Cathryn Cofell
April 10             Bob Nordstrom
May 8               Fran Rall
June 12             F.J. Bergmann
Stevens Point Fourth Thursday of the Month Open Mic at Church of the Intercession – Episcopal, 1417 Church Street, 7:00 – 8:30. Read your original work or poetry from other sources. We meet each fourth Thursday except on Thanksgiving. Refreshments are served. Featured writers are welcome, simply send a request to at least one month in advance.
Central-Fox Valley Region
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.
November 19th  Ellen Kort and Ralph Murre
Dec 3rd Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman + 2013 WFOP Poets’ Calendar Reading
West-Central Region
OUTLOUD: Open Mike at the Acoustic Cafe: First Wed every month 7-9pm Free and open to the public
An open mike for original words: writers, poets, spoken-word, slammers, singer-songwriters, monologists; if you wrote it come share your short works with and listen to others. Come early for dinner, stay for dessert. Sign-up sheet at 6:30 p.m.
Writer’s Read at the L.E. Phillips Library, 2nd Tues every month 7-8:30pm Free and open to the public
Featured Writers and “Themed Readings”
11/13 “Praise and Thanksgiving” with local writers.
12/11 “Let It Snow” poems & songs of the season, featuring poetry by Max Garland, with special guests, UW-EC Creative Writing students.
THIRD THURSDAY @ THE GALLERY in the State Theater 5-6 PM Free and open to the public
Area Writers and Artists featured in an intimate setting.
Jeannie Roberts 1/17/2013
10/15 – 10/21 CHIPPEWA VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL  many authors, many events, many venues.
Various Regions – Workshops, Contests, Submission opportunities, etc.
CALL FOR HAIKU SUBMISSIONS — FEED THE FOX The Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award and Fox Theater Haiku Marquee project is seeking new submissions from Wisconsin poets for the fall season. Up to three haiku may be submitted on any subject. There are two divisions, Adult and Student, with winners in each division having their poems displayed on the Fox Theater marquee for one of the three fall months. Five honorable mention awards for each division will also be selected for each month and displayed in the Fox Theater show window. Please submit poems by December 15th by or to Haiku Marquee, Fox Theater, 1124 Main St., Stevens Point,  WI 54481. Include full name, address and phone number. Students also include your school and grade level.
Call for Submissions from Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf & Cowfeather Press: The Yahara Crosses Here
Poems sought from poets around the U.S. and abroad which reference a specific public location—street corner, park, building, place of business, etc—in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. Please note: poems do not need to be about said location but should allude to it in one way or another. We are looking for poems where the Madison setting plays a role.
Previously published poems with credit welcome, all formats invited, no line limit. Send up to 5 poems for consideration in the body of an email to:, or with an SASE to: Woodrow Hall Editions, PO Box 260026, Madison, WI 53726.
All poems selected will be published in a print anthology from Cowfeather Press, with proceeds to benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund. Some of the selected poems will also be affixed to Madison B-Cycle bikes and/or become part of an installation at Lussier Community Education Center in Madison. DEADLINE: November 30, 2012. Visit and
There is a new online poetry magazine starting called Lake City Lights. It can be found at Jerry McGinley is looking for new and familiar voices. Details and descriptions are available at the website.
ROSEBUD #53 is here! Featuring chilling Halloweeny tales, 13th century Japanese poetry translated by Blue Flute, reminiscences of early productions of Anton Chekhov’s early productions, and the winners of the William Stafford Poetry Award.  SUBSCRIPTION COPIES ARE IN THE MAIL.

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Flash Fiction Ghost Story Winners Announced

Five Wisconsinites are among nine winners of Wisconsin Public Radio’s ‘Wisconsin Life’ Ghost Story Flash Fiction Contest.

They are (drum roll):

  • Andrew McDonnell, Beaver Dam WI — “Curtain Call
  • Darlene Rickert, Green Bay WI — “The Rusted Bell”
  • Jonathan Blyth, Bloomer WI — “You Are What You Eat”
  • Eric Van Vleet, Marinette WI — “Presidential Phantasm”
  • John Pigeon, Green Bay WI — “For Better or For Worse

Wisconsin native and best-selling fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss judged the more than 650 entries, which were ghost stories in 600 words or less.

WPR’s Veronica Rueckert will host a program at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 featuring Rothfuss and the contest.  WPR and the 9XM Players have produced the winning entries for broadcast.

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Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

Thomas Hanratty is launching his new book, “The Singular Adventure of Charles Goodfoote”, a novel featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes, TOMORROW, Oct. 27, with a party at The FIXX Coffee House in his home town of St. Francis in the southeast part of the state. The time is 1 p.m.-3 p.m.  The FIXX is at 3558 E. Sivyer Avenue.

Sorry for the late notice on this, but hope anyone who is interested can make it. Hanratty, The FIXX Coffee House

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Award-winning children’s author to speak in Milwaukee

CWW 2010 Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award winner Ann Angel reports that 2008 Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award winner Pat Schmatz will be at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee on Tuesday evening October 23, 6:30 pm in Steimke Hall, to talk about process and read from the award-winning Bluefish. This is a chance for you and your young adults to learn more about how Pat discovered her characters. Books will be on sale and Pat will be signing after her talk. 
The event is free and open to the public but space (and desserts) is limited. To make a reservation, send an email to the English department at:

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SCBWI-WI Fall Conference Gets Underway

The SCBWI-WI capped the first day of its annual fall weekend conference yesterday by presenting prestigious awards to two great Wisconsin talents.

Ingrid Kallack received the SCBWI 2012 Magazine Merit Award in Illustration for her stunning illustration, “Rasa’s Library”, which was the wrap-around cover of the September 2011 issue of Cricket magazine. You can get a look at this fantastic illustration here: To see more of Ingrid’s art, go to her website at

Author Pat Schmatz was presented with SCBWI’s 2012 Midwest region Crystal Kite Member Choice Award for her middle-grade novel Bluefish. Pat, winner of the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2008 the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for her middle-grade novel, Mousetraps, will add this Crystal Kite award to her growing collection of awards for her fantastic writing.

The presentation of those awards followed talks by Candlewick Press Art Director Kristen Nobles and prolific author (40 books!) George Shannon. The schedule for today and tomorrow includes presentations by editors,  illustrators and more authors.

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