Monthly Archives: November 2012

Is Lipstick Just a Theory?

Poet Karla Huston reports that Main Street Rag Publishing Company is publishing her book, A Theory of Lipstick. It is scheduled for release in April, 2013 and will sell for $14. The publisher is taking advance orders at a discounted price of $9 + shipping by placing an Advance Discount order from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore or by check for $13 each, including tax and shipping. Checks should be made payable to Main Street Rag and sent to PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001.

Please remember that ordering in advance does not mean the buyer will receive the book prior to the release date listed on my Author’s Page, will get a nice discount and have the book  delivered directly once it is published.

Please visit Karla’s Main Street Rag Author’s Page for details at:

Also please check out the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at for more news and for information about CWW’s writing contests, which have an entry deadline of Jan. 31, 2013.



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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets News

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…BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE MONTHS!!  JOIN US FOR THE FIRST MONDAY IN DECEMBER.  

Monday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. – 2013 WFOP Poets’ Calendar Reading with Co-Editors Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman

Wendy Vardaman, has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University.  Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of places, including Poetry Daily,, Your Daily Poem, Poet Lore, Rattle and Portland Review. The author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), she has been nominated for a number of Pushcart Prizes, as well as a Best of the Net Award, and was runner-up for the Lorine Niedecker Award.

Sarah Busse is a flirt, a feminist and a restless heart.  Her poetry has received the Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’ Chapbook Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Lorine Niedecker Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.  She is the author of two chapbooks:  Quiver (Red Dragonfly Press) and Given These Magics (Finishing Line Press), and the just-released collection Somewhere Piano (Mayapple Press).

Together, Wendy and Sarah are editors of both the poetry magazine Verse Wisconsin ( and Cowfeather Press(, Poets Laureate of Madison (2012-16), and editors of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets‘ 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.  

They will share a bit about the editing process for the calendar and will invite all calendar poets to read their piece.  Sarah will also share selections from her new book.  IF YOU HAVE A POEM IN THE 2013 CALENDAR, PLEASE JOIN US AND PLAN TO READ.



Jan 21           Brent Goodman and David Graham

Feb 18            FICTION LIKE POETRY:  Abby Frucht and Don Wydeven

Mar 18           Bobbi Lovell and Michael Koehler



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 — KARLA HUSTON & CATHRYN COFELL:  Appleblossom Books, 200 E City Center in Oshkosh, hosts a featured reader on the 4th Tuesday of most months.  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect directly with Apple Blossom Books. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.  In Split Personality, a new release by Sunnyoutside Press, Cathryn and Karla blend their voices into one glorious, giggly and sometimes jiggly exploration of the trappings that often define and defy today’s woman.   Cathryn and Karla have been collaborators since 2000, with poems in Rhino, Indiana Review, and Quiddity, among others.  The duo has been anthologized in Saints of Hysteria and exercised in Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry and in many workshop settings.  Between them, they have published twelve books of poems, two broadsides, one music/poetry cd, and oodles of reviews, interviews and essays.  They’ve won many writing awards and received a boatload of Pushcart nominations including one win for Karla for “Theory of Lipstick,” the title poem for her forthcoming collection from Main Street Rag.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, READERS MARATHON!:  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective invites all lovers of the written word to its Readers (and Writers) Marathon at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone can bring a poem or a bunch of poems (those you wrote or those you most love), or very short one paragraph of fiction or non-fiction, as long as we want to keep it going (or til 8:30ish, whichever comes first).  This will BE the open-mic.  Guaranteed to be festive and fun, with cookies and refreshments.   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.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, STEVEN LINK:  Steven is a reader, writer, seller and lover of books.  He will be the featured reader in the Dickinson Poetry Series at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Hwy 42, Ephraim (On the south end of the Shops of Green Gables)  After his reading, there will be an open mic for other poets to read. New poets and listeners are welcome. 



 Wisconsin People & Ideasthe Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, is currently accepting submissions for our 2013 poetry contest. Open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older, the contest offers awards of up to $500 for the top poems as well as other prizes including publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts. This year the lead poetry contest judge is our very own Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen. Poets should send in submissions before the contest deadline: December 15, 2012. Our poetry contest page at has complete submission guidelines, or anyone can e-mail contest coordinator John Lehman at for more information.

Wisconsin Writers Awards Contests Open

Contact: Robin Chapman   608-238-6932
For the 49th year, the Council for Wisconsin Writers sponsors its contests for work published by Wisconsin writers in the prior year.  Entries published in 2012 are invited in the categories of book-length fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; outdoor writing; and children’s literature.  The Council contests open November 1, 2012 and will close January 31, 2013 (postmark deadline).  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $20. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee in May 2013. First-place winners will receive $500 and week-long writers’ residencies at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point. CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year. Members of the board will judge. Postmark deadline for the student essay contest is also January 31, 2013. Nominations are also open for the $1000 Major Achievement Award, which is given to recognize a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the website,  CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.
WFOP 2013 CHAPBOOK PRIZE:  The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is dedicated to promoting poetry in Wisconsin and seeks to expand its contest offerings by honoring the best chapbook published in the previous year by a Wisconsin resident.  DEADLINE:  2/1/13.  Visit for details.

WFOP MUSE PRIZE FOR POETRY:  Open to any Wisconsin resident (you don’t need to be a member of the WFOP).  DEADLINE:  2/1/13.  Visit for details.

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Poetry & Fiction Contests Deadline Looms

Reminder:  Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry and Fiction contests entry deadline of Dec. 15 is just over two weeks away.

Here’s the link to details and entry forms:

Also visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website for information about our annual contests and awards. The link is Deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2013.


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Wisconsin Author Doesn’t Take a Crack at Fracking

Wisconsin's venerable fiction and nonfiction writer Jerry Apps goes contemporary with his latest novel, “Tamerack River Ghost,” according to this book review:
"Book Report: These tales are close to home"

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Except for the Cover…

Interesting review of poet Alice D’Alessio’s new book, Conversations with Thoreau, by Norbert Blei in his “Poetry Dispatch and other Notes from the Underground” blog.

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Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival Set For Nov. 24

Here’s a news release from Kristin Mitchell about next week’s Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival in Mineral Point:

Mineral Point, Wisc. – National speakers, workshops and 50 authors from Wisconsin and neighboring states will be part of the second annual Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival on November 24, 2012,
in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
The 2012 event begins with eight morning workshops held at the Mineral Point Public Library. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done at The cost per workshop is $5.
Session A: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Writing About Historic Structures. Presenters: Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz
Novel Writing Toolkit. Presenters: Peggy Williams and Mary Joy Johnson
Turning Your Journals Into a Book. Presenter: Julie Tallard Johnson
Editors and Reviewers: How to Wow Them. Presenter: Karyn Saemann
Session B: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A New Era for Novelists and Screenwriters. Presenter: Peggy Williams
Living the Creativity Dream. Presenters: Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko
E-Books for Authors. Presenter: Erika Nygaard
A Guide to Children’s Book Illustration. Presenter: Jeremy Provost
The day continues with a free book signing and reading event held at the Quality Inn in Mineral Point from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The book signing will showcase a wide range of book genres including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Several authors will also present readings.
The Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival concludes with an evening keynote presentation at 7:00 p.m. by national speakers John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist at the historic Mineral Point Opera House. Ivanko and Kivirist will share how they have launched successful writing and other creative pursuits by navigating around traditional career rules while leveraging diversification and cross-pollination with others.
The first 96 people to order advance tickets (cost $5) for the keynote presentation at will receive a free copy of Ivanko and Kivirist’s book, ECOpreneuring.
Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the keynote for $7.
For up to the minute information follow the Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information contact Kristin Mitchell by phone at 608.987.3370 or by email at ###

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Novel-In-Progress Bootcamp Announced

Wisconsin Writers Association Vice President Dave Rank has provided the following information about that group’s Novel-In-Progress Bootcamp:

Spend 6 days focused on your book…

Are you ready to focus exclusively on your manuscript for 6 full days and nights?

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp, sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association, is an all-inclusive workshop and retreat for writers working on any stage of a book from outline to final edits. All fiction genres and creative nonfiction works are welcome. Hosted by published authors, editors and writing instructors, with a guest visit by literary agents, the Bookcamp is designed to help you advance your book to publication.

Open to both WWA members and nonmembers, the Bookcamp is scheduled for May 26-June 1, 2013 at the Cedar Valley Center and Spa, a 100-acre rural retreat and small conference center 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

An early registration discount for both WWA members and nonmembers continues until January 31, 2013. Full prices for both WWA members and nonmember writers go into effect the following day. Both single and double room options available, although we can only guarantee a single room to the first 13 registrants.

Leading our instructional staff is Philip Martin, book editor and writing instructor, and Reed Farrel Coleman, award-winning mystery writer and writing instructor from New York. Also scheduled to assist our registrants are literary agents from Red Sofa Literary, St. Paul, Minn., best-selling novelist Karen McQuestion, and several other professional writers.

For more information on the N-I-P Bookcamp, contact Dave Rank, Bookcamp director, or 262-334-8790. Or go to our webpage/blog, or visit our Facebook page,!/NIPBookcamp.

And please don’t forget to catch up on Council for Wisconsin Writers doings, including its 2012 writing awards contests, which are now open for submissions.

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