More WFOP News for June

WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell sends this:

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:

WOMEN POETS BEFORE ME

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–

reminders

of what survives–

creation’s flames that gutter,

flare.

Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violinist, 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.

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