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July Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry Events and News

The following is courtesy Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP):

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, July 15, 6:30 p.m. – Carrie Shipers and Jim Pollock

Carrie Shipers’s poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Laurel Review, New England Review, North American Review, and other journals.  She is the author of two chapbooks, Ghost-Writing (Pudding House, 2007) and Rescue Conditions(Slipstream, 2008), and a full-length collection, Ordinary Mourning (ABZ, 2010).  She currently teaches English at UW-Marshfield/Wood County in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  A sample poem:

Living Among the Dead

I expected mist or fog drifting, not this hard

Hopper light, a sun I can’t see shining

on and through.  I’d imagined the dead

living in houses, or something like houses,

imagined them having lives—loved ones,

laughter, meals to prepare.  Across the plain

I saw a high school classmate who was killed

by a grain auger.  I called his name.

He turned, waved, walked on.  I watched

his legs scissor the ground’s slow unfurling,

wondering if he’d forgotten me,

if I’d forgotten some teenage grudge

he’d died holding.  When I caught up to him,

I asked how he was.  All right, I guess. 

The weather’s a little dry.  He nodded

toward what might have been the horizon.

Have you seen your dad? I asked.  Not yet. 

I heard he’s here somewhere.  If the dead

have ghosts, it must be the living

who haunt them.  A murdered woman called me

by her husband’s name.  I’m not the man

who killed you, I said as gently as I could.

I know, she said.  If the dead hunger,

it isn’t for revenge.  Like them,

I have no need to eat, though I’d like

to feel bread tearing between my teeth,

blueberries snapping open on my tongue.

My hands hang useless on their hinges.

There’s little here that can stand our touch.

Jim Pollock, Stevens Point, is the author of the chapbook, “Ashes and Sparks” and has had poems published in Free Verse and the WI Poets’ Calendar.  He is the poet’s voice in the Gallery Q Artists’ Cooperative Project, Verse & Vision, from which artists selected poems, including Jim’s, for illustration which later appeared together in a gallery show/reading and a book of the same name. In partnership with the Sanders family who owned the Fox Theater in Stevens Point, he started the Haiku Marquee project and was awarded a Woodrow Hall First Place Award of $500 to launch it. He also founded a poetry open mic in Stevens Point last year. Previously, he taught English in colleges, prisons and on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.  A sample:

Could It Be Madness — This?

The right to own
a musket flintlock front loader
kept in the corner of a cabin
needing a single lead ball
powder-wad tamped tight
to fire at with any hope of accuracy
a target no more than ten paces away.

The right to own
a musket used for venison or squirrel
wood stove or root cellar essential
a musket ripped out of pioneer hands
by red-clad enemy
following decrees from a foreign land.

The right to own
two hundred years since
a weapon armed with thirty round clips
of torpedo-shaped projectiles
spiraling through a burning barrel
exploding as they hit
no venison no squirrel no invading army
only school children in its sight.



Aug 19           Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

Sept 19          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Oct 21            The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer



JULY 10 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES GARY JONES: 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.

JULY 23 (TUES), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES LISA VIHOS:  The poetry of Lisa Vihos has been published in various small presses and online journals including Big Muddy, The Camel Saloon, Seems, and Verse Wisconsin. She has two chapbooks and one Pushcart Prize nomination. She is an associate editor at Stoneboat and an occasional guest blogger for the Best American Poetry digital. 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.  

JULY 23 (TUES), THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTER IN APPLETON FEATURES GARY GLAZNER & THE ALZHEIMERS POETRY PROJECT CELEBRATION: Residents and staff who have participated in the three-month long Appleton Poetry Project invite the public to join them in the culminating celebration of their poetry-making.  The celebration will take place on July 23 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Ogilvie Hall at the Thompson Community Center. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, go to or contact Gary Glazner at:  Participants in the Appleton Poetry Project live and work at Brewster Village, Appleton Health Care Center, Fox River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Valley VNA Senior Services, and Bridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Residents and staff will present well-loved classic poems and originally created works. As a highlight of the event, New York poet, Gary Glazner, the internationally acclaimed founder and director of the Alzheimer Poetry Project, will lead the audience in the creation of a new poem.  

This will be a high energy, fun event with lots of audience participation.  It will highlight the creativity of people living with memory loss in long-term care.  This event is sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, and the Fox Valley Memory Project.



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Wisconsin Author Interview to Air on Public Radio

Jerrianne Hayslett’s interview about Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the 1995 Simpson trial with Prof. Teresa Keller, Chair of Emory & Henry College Dept. of Mass Communications and General Manager of public radio station WEHC-FM 90.7 in southwest Virginia will air on Keller’s program “This Conversation” on WEHC-FM  at 6 p.m. tomorrow, June 26, and again on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m.  To listen to it streamed live, go to and click on “Listen Live”. The program will also be archived for later listening.

Keller covered a lot of territory for this half-hour program, including what it was like to deal with the more than 1,300 credentialed news media during the run-up to and throughout the trial, some “gossipy” anecdotes recounted in the book, where the circus aspects portrayed by the news media on air and in print actually occurred, cameras in the courtroom and the biggest mistakes trial judge, Lance Ito, made.

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Hamilton Speech on CWW Website

The Council for Wisconsin Writers honored novelist Jane Hamilton with our Major Achievement Award this year for her lifetime body of work, which includes The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World and Laura Rider’s Masterpiece. At the CWW Awards Banquet in May when CWW presented her with the Major Achievement Award, Hamilton honored CWW and banquet attendees by delivering the event’s keynote address.

Her address is now posted on the CWW website at

We hope website visitors will enjoy reading Hamilton’s remarks as much as those who banquet enjoyed hearing them at the May 12 banquet.

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Children’s Author/Storytelling Coming to Milwaukee-Area Libraries

Picture book author and storyteller Jamie Swenson reports that she will be in the Milwaukee Area in July doing author/early literacy story-time visits for 2-7 year olds in July.

"We have a BLAST!" Jamie says. "And [the kids] get to meet Fred the Bear from my book BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!" 

Here's Jamie's schedule:

  • St. Francis Public Library – 10:15 a.m. JULY 16
  • Wauwatosa Public Library – 6:30 p.m. JULY 16
  • Cudahy Public Library – 6:30 p.m. JULY 18
  • Oak Creek Public – author visit and ICE CREAM SOCIAL! – 10:30 a.m. July 24

She expects her books to be for sale at each library for purchase and some will be donated to the libraries.

Read more about Jamie at her website,

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“Lipstick”: More Than Just a Theory

Wisconsin poet and CWW secretary Kalra Huston and her new book Theory of Lipstick  were featured on New Jersey poet Diane Lockward’s  “Blogalicious” blog earlier this week. To see the Q&A and invitation to her virtual reception go here:

Knowing and having blogged about this book myself, I was interested in reading Lockward’s blog and learning how Karla came up with the title, A Theory of Lipstick, for her book. Part of the answer comes from a poem by that same name that is included in her book.

Lockward included “A Theory of Lipstick” in her blog post, so you can read it there.

Kudos, Karla!

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Wisconsin Author’s YA Novel Makes Magazine Cover

News comes from Janis Joplin biographer Ann Angel that Emily Kokie's debut YA novel Personal Effects is featured on the cover of The ALAN Review summer edition. Thepublication, Ann says, is a journal for the Assembly of Literature for Adolescents, which is an assembly of the National Council for the Teachers of English "and an amazing group of YA writers, teachers and librarians and, I would say, it's one of the more influential academic journals on YA literature."

Emily reports that the group has been supportive and enthusiastic about her book and invited her to be on a workshop panel last year where she met a number of teachers and librarians. 

Since then, Personal Effects has been ordered for school and classroom libraries and is showing up on summer reading and battle of the books lists. The book was reviewed and mentioned in the ALAN Review last year.

"If you aren't a member of ALAN, you can learn more about the organization here:," Emily says. "Every year there is a fantastic two-day workshop sponsored by ALAN that follows the NCTE annual conference. It is usually the week before Thanksgiving." 

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Book, Author Featured on Publisher’s Blog

The University of Missouri Press, which published Jerrianne Hayslett’s book, “Anatomy of a Trial,” featured it on its blog today — interestingly, the 19th anniversary of O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco slow-speed chase. Here’s the link.  You can also check out Jerrianne’s websites, and


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