WFOP Monthly News

March report from WFOP PR Coordinator Cathryn Cofell:

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, March 18, 6:30 p.m. – Michael Koehler and Bobbie Lovell 

Mike Koehler has the ability to look at everyday experiences and turn them into poetry, a poetry that captures the feel of small town life in the Midwest and the people who live here. Koehler’s collection, Red Boots, won the first R.M. Arvinson Award from Little Eagle Press in 2008. Tangletown and Notes from Skinner’s Elbow, his other collections, are also distinguished by their clear imagery and straightforward language.  Koehler has done poetry readings on Wisconsin Public Television, the Wisconsin Public Radio program Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby, and has had poems published on various websites and in print journals. Stop by his blog One Hand Armands and he says he’ll buy ya a cold one. 

Bobbie Lovell grew up writing and drawing near the beaches of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She moved all the way to Green Bay to attend UWGB, then to Appleton, then to her current abode between them in west De Pere. Early in her career, Bobbie realized a dream and flirted with insanity on the creative staff of a nationally distributed magazine. For the past decade, she has worked as a corporate print production coordinator. Since her two children attained school age, she has found it increasingly necessary to indulge her first loves, fine art and poetry. Her website is www.bobbie-lovell.com.

Sample poem from Bobbie:

The Healing

One day it happens.
The morning sun dazzles
rather than burns,
and the grass beneath your own feet
looks green enough.

You don’t know how
you got here, and you don’t
trust the healing.
Perhaps you’ve just found
a new way to cope,
to self-medicate.

But even numbness
feels different, and look:
where your wound gaped
wide as a primal scream,
a close-lipped scar now smiles.
My touch merely tingles.

You almost choose to stay caged
rather than accept such freedom.
But that choice is no choice.
So you leap, and wings appear.
You fly into the dawn.

 

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Apr 15            Marilyn Annucci and Susan Elbe
May 20           Laurel Mills and Marilyn Potter

Jun 17           Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot                       

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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MARCH 13 (WED), THE ORIGINAL VOICE SERIES FEATURES KARLA HUSTON AND CATHRYN COFELL: Cathryn Cofell and Karla Huston will read from Split Personality, their first collaborative chapbook, as well as individual selections from forthcoming collections for each.  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.

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 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. 

MARCH 13 (WED), DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES ROLF OLSON:  Olson began seriously to write poetry about 14 years ago. He writes about a wide variety of subjects and describes his poems as “bold, thought provoking, and entertaining.” Others have described Olson’s poems as “spare, fun, intense, and Zen-like.”  He is pleased to have been a member of the “Unabridged Poets” group for nine years. Olson’s first chapbook, One Glass Eye, was published in 2003, and his next book, Riot at the Poets’ Café, is currently in final editing. Olson will read at7:00 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 GablesAn open mic for other poets will follow.  New poets and listeners are welcome. 

MARCH 19 (TUES) FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE ANNUAL STUDENT INVITATIONAL AT THE RIVERWALK GALLERY (temporary relocation): Eighth Annual Student Invitational, featuring some of the most talented poets from regional colleges and universities. The reading will start promptly at 7 p.m. with an open mic following the featured readers.  Temporarily relocated to Riverwalk Gallery, 33 West Second Street, Fond du Lac.

MARCH 26 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES MANDI BUTTERFIELD ISAACSON:  Mandi’s original writing goal was to write a best selling murder mystery series.  However, in the last several years she has moved from the dark side into the amazing world of poetry. Mandi was one of four winners of the 2012 Reedsburg Fermentation Fest poetry contest and one of her poems has been accepted for the 2014 Wisconsin Poets Calendar. A member of two writing groups, Mandi has read at open mics in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and at WFOP spring and fall conferences. Mandi helps Kay Sanders run the Oshkosh Apple Blossom monthly poetry readings.  The reading takes place 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL APRIL 17 – 24:  Featured poets this include Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate; Max Garland, Wisconsin’s NEW Poet Laureate; WI Poet Laureate Finalists B. J. Best and Karla Huston; National Slam ChampionGuante; regional favorites Sarah Gilbert, Chuck Rybak and Laurie McDiarmid, a tribute to Ellen Kort and a publishing panel featuringTom Montag, Doug Flaherty, Norb Blei and Charles Nevsimal.  For more on the festival and line-up visit http://foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ .

CONTEST DEADLINE

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MARCH 15: Here are rules for the inaugural contests of The Mill: A Place for Writers.  These contests are open to those 18 or older who reside or attend school in the Fox Cities or are current or former students of the Mill.  If you have questions about these contests, please refer to the emails on the attachments.

POETRY CONTEST RULES

1.  Poets must be 18 or older, reside or attend school in the Fox Cities or be current or former students of The Mill.

2.  Poets may submit up to FIVE poems per entry.  No individual poem may be longer than one page.

3.  ONLY ONE submission of up to FIVE poems each is permitted.

4.  Entries may be submitted between Feb. 15 and Mar. 15, 2013.  Entries postmarked after the deadline of Mar. 15, will not be considered.

5.  Email submissions accepted only.  Entries may be sent to karlahuston@gmail.com as a single document saved in Word as a doc or docx or pdf or rtf file.

Poems will be judged blind.  The poet’s name or address may not appear ANYWHERE on the poems. Poems must be accompanied by a cover letter (a separate page) bearing the poem titles, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

6.  NO previously published poems (in print or online.  A personal blog is considered a publication, as is Facebook or other social media.) are eligible. All work must be original. Any style or theme is welcome.

7.  Keep a copy of your poems.  Entries will be recycled and not returned.

8.  There will be one winner earning a prize of $300.

The final poetry judge will be Laurie McDiarmid, writer-in-residence at St. Norbert College, De Pere.  Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. Winner will receive a $300 cash prize and the admiration of his/her peers.

Contact Karla Huston at karlahuston@gmail.com  if you have questions.  Good luck.

The Mill: A Place for Writers, now in its second year, was begun with the idea of creating in and for the Fox Cities a literary center that would encourage community among, and provide teaching and learning opportunities for, writers at all levels, by offering a broad range of classes and workshops for interested adults. Some forty-five students participated the first year. Currently, The Mill offers classes in the writing of Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir, all taught by experienced teachers, who are, themselves, accomplished and widely-published writers.

For more information, contact: Steve Polansky at smpolansky@hotmail.com init�� a@�48Z7repeat: initial initial;”>

The 2013 Mill Prize for Short Fiction

Rules and Guidelines for Submission: 

–          Entrants must be 18 years or older, residents of the Fox Cities, or participants in Mill classes past or present.

–          Submissions will be accepted no earlier than February 15, no later than March 15.

–          One story per entrant.

–          All work must be original and previously unpublished. No restrictions as to subject, style, or narrative mode. Authors retain all rights to their work.

–          Stories must be no longer than 4,500 words. Sections of novels are eligible, providing they stand alone, requiring no prefatory material.

–          Electronic submissions only. Word documents or PDF files preferred. Attachments only: please do not include work in the body of the email. Submit your story to smpolansky@hotmail.com

–          Work will be judged blind. The writer’s name or address must not appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Please include in your attachment a cover page with the title of your story, your name, home address, email address, and phone number.

–          All work must be double spaced with reasonable margins. Pages should be numbered. Include word count in upper right hand corner of first page.

The final judge will be Mike Magnuson. Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. Winner will receive a $300 cash prize and the admiration of his/her peers.

With questions, contact smpolansky@hotmail.com .  Good luck.

The Mill: A Place for Writers, now in its second year, was begun with the idea of creating in and for the Fox Cities a literary center that would encourage community among, and provide teaching and learning opportunities for, writers at all levels, by offering a broad range of classes and workshops for interested adults. Some forty-five students participated the first year. Currently, The Mill offers classes in the writing of Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir, all taught by experienced teachers, who are, themselves, accomplished and widely-published writers.

For more information, contact: Steve Polansky at smpolansky@hotmail.com

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