Monthly Archives: January 2013

CWW Contest Entry Deadline is Thursday

Jan. 31 — Thursday — is the deadline to get entries for the Council of Wisconsin Writers contests in the mail to the contest chairs.

Rules and entry forms are at http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm.

CWW hopes to see YOUR poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature entries!

 

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Calling All Fox Valley-Area Poets for School

Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler @ Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets sends the following news:  

The Fox Valley Symphony and area elementary schools are in need of MANY poets to help out with a very dynamic collaborative arts program that happens every year, called Partners in Education.  Each year the Symphony partners with another arts organization or medium to teach children about the beauty and value of the arts on multiple levels.  This year, they’ve chosen poetry as their partner art form! 

Note:
*  This is ALL volunteer; while they’d love to get all the schools covered they’ll be happy with as many “real” poets as they can get
*  You can choose the school or schools you’d like to visit and the date of your visit, anytime before March 8.  
*  You can work with the classroom teacher to determine the level of involvement you’d like — from helping with the simple lesson plan, to doing writing exercises, to judging the work. 
 
For now, just let me know that you are interested and I’ll get you connected.  Thank you in advance for volunteering in this special way!
 
Cathryn Cofell
ccofell@gmail.com
 

 

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WFOP Jan. News

Here’s some January news from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, including the Council for Wisconsin Writers contest deadline, which is January 31. Get details at http://www.wiswriters.org/rules:

Make a point of coming out on January 21 to help us kick off the Harmony Cafe/WFOP Poetry Series in style…Brent (driving all the way over from Rhinelander!!) and David (from Ripon!!) are two of Wisconsin’s (and the nation’s) FINEST poets. 

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, January 21, 6:30 p.m. – Brent Goodman and David Graham

 

Brent Goodman is the author of Far From Sudden and The Brother Swimming Beneath Me. His poems have appeared in Pleiades, Sou’wester, Pank, Poetry, Barn Owl Review, and elsewhere. Brent lives in Rhinelander WI, where he works as a creative professional and serves as an assistant editor for the online journal Anti-.  For sample poems and more, visit www.brentgoodman.info/ 

David Graham has published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and Second Wind (Texas Tech University Press).  He also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession from Graywolf Press.  Essays, reviews, and individual poems have appeared widely for over thirty years.  Recently anthology appearances include Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else; Aspects of Robinson:  Homage to Weldon Kees; Poetry from Paradise Valley:  Poems from the First Decade of Valparaiso Poetry Review; and 180 More:  Extraordinary Poems for Every Day.  He has served on the Advisory Board of Verse Wisconsin, as poetry editor for Blue Moon Review and as poet-in-residence at the Frost Place, in Franconia, New Hampshire.  He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.  For more on David, visit http://www.ripon.edu/faculty/grahamd/ 

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Feb 18           FICTION LIKE POETRY:  Abby Frucht and Don Wydeven

Mar 18           Bobbie Lovell and Michael Koehler

Apr 15           Marilyn Annucci and Susan Elbe                       

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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JANUARY 22 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES MARILYN ZELKE-WINDAU:  A retired art educator who lives in Sheboygan, Marilyn likes to paint with words.  Her work has been published in many journals including Brawler Lit, Qarrtsiluni, Your Daily Poem, Verse Wisconsin, Seems, and Stoneboat. Marilyn will be giving a poetry reading at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.  An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

CONTESTS

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Wisconsin Writers Awards DEADLINE JANUARY 31!

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu   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.  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. 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, www.wiswriters.org.   

WFOP 2013 CHAPBOOK PRIZE DEADLINE FEB 1!:  The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets honors the best chapbook published in the previous year by a Wisconsin resident.  Visit http://wfop.org/contests.html for details.

WFOP MUSE PRIZE FOR POETRY DEADLINE FEB 1:  Open to any Wisconsin resident (you don’t need to be a member of the WFOP).  Visit http://wfop.org/contests.html for details.

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for 

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

 

 

 

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Two Wisconsin Writers Make “Sandy” Anthology

Mount Horeb writer Alex Bledsoe and Racine novelist Bradley P. Beaulieu are two of the 41 contributors to “Triumph Over Tragedy: An Anthology for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy,” an ebook anthology of fantasy, sci-fi and genre fiction edited by  R.T. Kaelin. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

Read more at: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/186947131.html

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Contest Deadline is 2 Weeks Away!

Jan. 31 is the postmark deadline for Wisconsin writers published in 2012 to 
submit their work to the Wisconsin Writers Awards contests, sponsored for the 
49th year by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

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.

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 (1,500 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 Jan. 31, 2013.

Be sure to let high school students and English teachers you know about this contest! 



Nominations are also open for the $1,000 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, www.wiswriters.org(http://www.wiswriters.org/). 
CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of 
published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin 
writing.

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January Poetry Events in NE WI

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, January 21, 6:30 p.m. – Brent Goodman and David Graham

Brent Goodman is the author of Far From Sudden and The Brother Swimming Beneath Me. His poems have appeared in Pleiades, Sou’wester, Pank, Poetry, Barn Owl Review, and elsewhere. Brent lives in Rhinelander WI, where he works as a creative professional and serves as an assistant editor for the online journal Anti-.  For sample poems and more, visit www.brentgoodman.info/ 

David Graham has published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and Second Wind (Texas Tech University Press).  He also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession from Graywolf Press.  Essays, reviews, and individual poems have appeared widely for over thirty years.  Recently anthology appearances include Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else; Aspects of Robinson:  Homage to Weldon Kees; Poetry from Paradise Valley:  Poems from the First Decade of Valparaiso Poetry Review; and 180 More:  Extraordinary Poems for Every Day.  He has served on the Advisory Board of Verse Wisconsin, as poetry editor for Blue Moon Review and as poet-in-residence at the Frost Place, in Franconia, New Hampshire.  He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.  For more on David,visit http://www.ripon.edu/faculty/grahamd/

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Feb 18           FICTION LIKE POETRY:  Abby Frucht and Don Wydeven

Mar 18           Bobbie Lovell and Michael Koehler

Apr 15           Marilyn Annucci and Susan Elbe
           

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE READING AT THE WINDHOVER:  NO EVENT IN JANUARY – RETURNING FEBRUARY 12

JANUARY 9 (WED), DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES ESTELLA LAUTER:  Since her retirement from teaching in the UW System, Estella has published two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, KY.  Some of her latest work may be seen online at www.versewisconsin.org in Issue 110, “It’s Political.”  She will read 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) An open mic for other poets will follow.  New poets and listeners are welcome. 

JANUARY 22 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES MARILYN ZELKE-WINDAU:  A retired art educator who lives in Sheboygan, Marilyn likes to paint with words.  Her work has been published in many journals including Brawler Lit, Qarrtsiluni, Your Daily Poem, Verse Wisconsin, Seems, and Stoneboat. Marilyn will be giving a poetry reading at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.  An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

CONTESTS

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Wisconsin Writers Awards Contests Open
Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu   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, www.wiswriters.org.  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 http://wfop.org/contests.html 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 http://wfop.org/contests.html for details.

 

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Commission Names New WI Poet Laureate

Wisconsin has a new poet laureate.

Max Garfield of Eau Claire has been selected to serve in that position for 2013-2014. Here’s the link to  the Wisconsin Academy of Science and Letters announcement. http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/content/wisconsin-poet-laureate-commission-selects-next-poet-laureate-0

Congratulations to Max and best wishes to his immediate predecessor Bruce Dethlefsen of Westfield.

The deadline for CWW’s writing contest entries is the end of this month — Jan. 31. For details and entry forms, go to http://www.wiswriters.org.

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