Monthly Archives: May 2013

WFOP June News

Here’s June poetry news from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) PR Coordinator Cathryn Cofell and Poetry Reading Series Coordinator/WFOP Regional VP Sarah Gilbert:

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, June 17, 6:30 p.m. – Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot

Andrea Potos is the author of four poetry collections, including We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), and Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press).  Another collection from Salmon Poetry will be published in 2015.  She has received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review.  Her poems appear widely in print and online.  She lives in Madison with her husband, her teenage daughter and a cockapoo named Penny.  

Sample poem:


Some days I can almost hear

long skirts rustling–

the lanky one with the determined gait,

her cropped, autumn-hued hair shining,

the other with poppies in her hands,

white gown like drapery billowing into the other world

before she goes.

Not muses exactly–


of what survives–

creation’s flames that gutter,


Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violist, photographer, and poet, who combines her love for music and words in the collection St. Cecilia’s Daze  from Parallel Press. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Katrin was a finalist in 2009 for four national poetry prizes—one of which awarded enough prize money to fund a Dairy Queen run. Her photo essay of Schubert’s Winterreise was published as a coffee table book and CD by the University of Wisconsin Press.



Jul 15           Carrie Shipers and Jim Pollock

Aug 19           Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

Sept 19          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie



JUNE 12 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES CYNTHIA OLIVER: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit or call 920.854.7559.

JUNE 25 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES JANET LEAHY:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.  Janet serves on the board of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.  Her poems have been published in a variety of print and online journals and in anthologies.  Several of her poems have been featured on the website Your Daily Poem.  She has participated in ekphrastic poetry exhibitions in Oconomowoc and at Gallery Q in Stevens Point.  Her first collection of poetry was “The Storm, Poems of War, Iraq.” Poems in her most recent book “Not My Mother’s Classroom” are drawn from her experience teaching in Milwaukee.   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.



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Books About Wisconsin and by Wisconsin Authors

For news about books by authors from our state and about our state, the Milwaukee paper served a banquet, “Good Words for All” in it’s features/lifestyle section.

Included in the mix were:

  • Milwaukee native Jim Gaffigan will be talking about and signing copies of his book Dad is Fat at Boswell Book Company on June 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Kenosha resident Michael Schumacher collaborated with comics guru Denis Kitchen on Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary a biography of “Li’l Abner” comic strip creator Al Capp.
  • Milwaukee newspaper staffer Dave Heller wrote Facing Ted Williams
  • Milwaukee sports writer Tom Haudricourt published 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die 

Of special interest might be the 8 Books by Wisconsin Writers section. That list included:

  • American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith edited by Daniel Okrent
  • Racine novelist Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Flames of Shadam Khoreh,the third book of his fantasy trilogy
  • Barbara Manger and Janine Smith’s biography, Mary Nohl: A Lifetime in Art
  • Huston native Amy Timberlake’s One Came Home 
  • Milwaukee art dealer and art critic Dean Jensen’s Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus
  • Andrea Lochen’s The Repeat Year: A Novel
  • Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac & Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation
  • Mount Horeb resident Alex Bledsoe’s A Wisp of a Thing

There was even mention of a Wisconsin publisher: Eureka Productions in Mount Horeb

Drift author David Rhodes and his Jewelweed got their own separate story in the same section of the paper. He’ll be at Boswell Book Company on June 6 at 7 p.m.

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Oft-Published Poet to Read from Her “Theory of Lipstick”

The following from Council for Wisconsin Writers Board Member Ron Czerwien about fellow Board Member Kara Huston:

Karla Huston, author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) as well as six chapbooks of poetry, will be the Featured Reader for Cheap Reads June Open Mic Poetry Reading from 2-3:45 PM Sunday, June 2 at the Fountain Restaurant and Bar, 122 State Street. Following Karla’s reading, there will be the customary Open Mic featuring YOU. Please bring enough work for five minutes max and one extra in case we have time for a “lightning round” or “sudden death” throwdown. Come early to sign up for Open Mic, please. Contact Norma Gay Prewett, at for more information.

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Cozy Writer’s Good News

Congratulations to romance/cozy mystery writer Jill Giencke who writes as Kate Fellowes for taking second place in the Lakefly Literary Conference’s Jean Nelson Award for her piece, “How has the library changed your life?”

Jill also had her story “Don’t Take That Chance” about a stolen lottery ticket included in “Fishnets,” the Sisters In Crime’s 2nd Guppies anthology.

Way to go, Jill.

Jill’s most recent book is Thunder in the Night, published by Crimson Romance.

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Life View Via Trees

CWW board member Richard Swanson’s poem “Arborist” is on “Your Daily Poem” website at

It’s worth a read. Thanks for sharing your insight, Richard.

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Salsini Book is MIPA Winner

Milwaukee-based author and past CWW Anne Powers Fiction Book Award winner Paul Salsini’s  The Temptation of Father Lorenzo  has been selected winner of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association award.

The Temptation of Father Lorenzo is the fourth book in what initially was a trilogy.

Congratulations, Paul!

See listings of Paul’s 2006 win and other winners and honorable mentions for the past decade at

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Children’s Book Event Scheduled at So. Milwaukee Library

Here’s a reminder about an event for children (adults, too!) at the South Milwaukee Library:

Title: Children’s Book Week Celebration in South Milwaukee
Date: Wednesday May 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (GMT+00:00)
Location: South Milwaukee Library, 1907 10th
Notes: Guest Authors: Sheila Llanas & Janet Halfmann. Join us for an evening of stories and artwork, selling and signing of books, creative activities, refreshments, and prizes. Presented by SM Library & Schools and SCBWI-Wisconsin.

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