Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wisconsin Historical Writer at a Place New You

Wisconsin writer Jerry Apps, whose Old Farm: A History was the CWW 2008 winner in the Outdoor Writing category, has a new book out, Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir. The book’s publisher, Wisconsin Historical Society, has released a list of Apps’ upcoming events. Here’s the link:

See this year’s and other past CWW award winners at

National bestselling author Jane Hamilton, who is this year’s winner of the CWW Major Achievement Award, is the keynote speaker at the CWW Annual Awards Banquet honoring this year’s winners and honorable mentions on May 11 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Go here for more information and registration.



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Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Wisconsin People & Ideas has announced the winners of the year’s poetry contest.

1st place:  Geoff Collins of Marshall for “Before Dawn, the Crows”

2nd place: William Quist of River Falls for “Following Up”

3rd place:  C.E. Perry of Madison for “Reservation Math”


Congratulations to the Winners of the
Wisconsin People & Ideas 2013 Poetry Contest

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First place: “Before Dawn, the Crows” by Geoff Collins – Marshall
Second place: “Following Up” by William Quist – River Falls
Third place: “Reservation Math” by C.E. Perry – Madison

Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2013 Poetry Contest receive cash awards of $500 (first place, the John Lehman Poetry Award), $100 (second place), and $50 (third place). The first-prize poet also receives a one-week residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point and a three-hour CD recording/editing session at Abella Studios.

Our honorable mention poems/poets for 2013:
  • “A Tiny Village Due South of Guangzhou” by Karen Loeb – Eau Claire
  • “Ecru, adj.” by Melissa E. McGraw – Wauwatosa
  • “Birds in Flight” by Hope McLeod – Washburn
  • “I Like November” by Elizabeth Harmatys Park – Burlington
  • “Where the Evening Sun Goes Down” by John Pidgeon – Green Bay
  • “At the Laundromat” by William Quist – River Falls
  • “Spice Cake” by Paul Terranova – Madison
  • “Return Trip” by Peggy Trojan – Brule
  • Serenade” by Irene Zimmerman – Milwaukee
  • “Easy” by Patricia Zontelli – Menomonie

Congratulations to all our winners and honorable mention poets. Look for the first- through third-place poems to appear in the forthcoming spring/summer double issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Honorable mention poems will appear in subsequent issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the Fall 2013 issue.

This year the poetry contest lead judge is former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011–2013), Bruce Dethlefsen. The 2013 contest was coordinated by Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and featured as preliminary poetry judges:

  • John Lehman – Cambridge
  • Patrick Moran – Ft. Atkinson

Of the 693 submissions for this year’s contest, lead judge Bruce Dethlefsen said, “It was difficult to judge the ‘winners’ … because of the high quality of the imaginative work submitted.”

All judging was done blindly and ranking was done solely on the merit of individual poems in the opinion of our judges. Thank you to our lead and preliminary judges for volunteering their time and efforts to the 2013 contest, and a special thanks to 2013 contest sponsors Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point for donating a weeklong artist residency and and Bob Abella of Abella Studios for donating recording time for our first-place poet. More information on the contest, prizes, and sponsors and be found at

Wisconsin People & Ideas  l  1922 University Avenue  l  Madison, WI  53726  l  608.263.1692
Questions and manuscript submissions to: 


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Bestselling Author Speaking Tonight in Elkhorn


Michael Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin, will speak tonight at the Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  Here’s a link to the Janesville Gazette story:

Here’s a link to Perry’s website:

Here’s a link to the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ website:


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Hear Author Jane Hamilton at Awards Banquet

Information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ May 11 Awards  Banquet and reservation form is at Best-selling author Jane Hamilton is keynote speaker.  We hope to see you all there!

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Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters presents…


Wisconsin-born, Pulitzer-winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder left an important literary legacy.  Learn more about his life and work from his biographer, Penelope Niven, and nephew, Tappan Wilder.  Co-presented with the Janesville Performing Arts Center, UW-Whitewater and its community-wide Big Read project.
Janesville Performing Arts Center

408 S. Main St.

Janesville, WI 53545

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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News from WFOP

The following is from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poet’s Cathryn Cofell

Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. – Marilyn Annucci and Susan Elbe

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.

Marilyn Annucci won first place in the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Tony Hoagland, for her chapbook Waiting Room (Hill-Stead Museum, 2012). She grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she has taught a variety of writing classes for fifteen years. She is also the author of Luck, a chapbook from Parallel Press, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Dogwood, Umbrella Journal, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, North American Review5 am, and Indiana Review.

Susan Elbe is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press), which won Honorable Mention for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Poetry Book Award, and two chapbooks, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press) and Where Good Swimmers Drown (Concrete Wolf Press, 2012). She won the 2012 Backwaters Press Prize for her second collection, The Map of What Happened, due out in 2013.  Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies.  Among her awards are the 2011 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Prize, the inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize (Calyx), the Council for Wisconsin Writers Lorine Niedecker Award, and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.



May 20         Laurel Mills and Marilyn Potter
Jun 17          Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot

Jul 15           Carrie Shipers and Jim Pollock



APRIL 14 (SUNDAY), KARLA HUSTON BOOK LAUNCH AND READING:  Karla will read from her new collection of poems: A Theory of Lipstick.   Join the fun. There’ll be a surprise or two, sweets and a cash bar. Books for sale! Did I mention poetry? Philip Dacey says, “From the title poem, which is a tour de force of naming, to the linguistic highwire act she performs in “O Hair,” Huston writes the way her mother wore lipstick—…” 2:00-3:30 pm at Atlas Coffee Mill, 425 W. Water Street, Appleton. 


APRIL 17 – 24, THE FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL:  CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE OF POETRY AND MORE —  there are SO many wonderful authors presenting through the week, but key poetry events occur on Friday, April 19 (spoken word workshop and performance by 2-time national slam champ, Guante!), Saturday, April 20 (craft talk and reading by MN Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen) and a full day of poetry readings, craft talk and panel discussions on Sunday, April 21 at Atlas Coffee Mill including a tribute to Ellen Kort and reading by WI Poet Laureate Max Garland!

APRIL 23 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES JEANIE AND STEVE TOMASKO:  Jeanie and Steve live in Middleton, but their hearts reside near Lake Superior.  From reading his poems, you might think that Steve has some kind of insect fetish. You might not be too far off the mark.  Jeanie is the author of Sharp as Want (Little Eagle Press), a poetry /artworks collaboration with Sharon Auberle, Tricks of Light (Parallel Press) and the e-chapbook, If I Confess Before 5:00 (Right Hand Pointing.)  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.

APRIL 26-27 (FRI-SAT), THE WFOP SPRING CONFERENCE, OCONOMOWOC: There’s still time to register to attend this fabulous weekend of poetry, book sales, and fellowship (esp. the fellowship!).  Visit  

Don’t forget to visit the CWW website at for more Wisconsin writers news.


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Milwaukee’s New Poets Laureate Launch on May 5

Milwaukeeans James Capson and Jeff Poniewaz have been named to serve as Milwaukee’s poet laureates for the next two years, beginning next month. Here’s a link to the Milwaukee Public Library’s announcement.

CWW congratulates these two poets on this honor.

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