Monthly Archives: July 2013

SE Wisconsin Essay Contest for Middle, High Schoolers

To Books and Beyond – Literacy without Limits  is the theme of the 2013 Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books and its 3rd annual Century Fence Essay Contest for middle and high school students. Cash prizes will be awarded to middle school and high school first, second, and third place winners.  Deadline is August 15.

More information and application form is at


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Former Wisconsinite Receives Library Award

He lives in Oregon now, but Eloit Treichel grew up in the Fox River Valley. His collection of short stories, compiled in Close is Fine and published last year, has been honored by the Wisconsin Library Association. Here’s the link to the story:

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Actor, Writer, Activist Writes about His Mother, Civil Rights, Vietnam,

This book by Wisconsin writer/actor/producer Coleman looks like a terrific late summer read.

Midwest Book Review says Spoke is a “weighty, evocative memoir … skillfully plotted … . Skillfully penned to be of equal interest to those who lived through and who were born after Vietnam. And a compelling witness to a definitive era, richly compounded in complexity by true-life family sorrow and triumph.”

The complete review is at

Every subject in the subtitle of this book —  A Mother. A Son. Civil Rights. Vietnam — are tops on my list of interests.

Published by Little Creek Press, Spoke is due out the end of August.

For more information and how to buy, go to

In addition to his other credits, Coleman is co-founder of PEDDLER CREEK. an arts organization offering writing workshops,  readings and theatrical productions.

Coleman serves on the CWW board of directors. The CWW website is at

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Two Wisconsin Poets’ Daily Poems

Richard Swanson’s “Perseverance” is featured as “Your Daily Poem” and can be read here:

Karla Huston’s “An Inventory of Lost Things” is published on “Verse Daily” and can be read here:

Richard and Karla both serve on the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ board of directors. Their bios can be found at



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Calling Wisconsin Nature Writers

Children's author Janet Halfmann has posted the following notice on the SCBWI-WI listserve:

The Wisconsin Environmental Education Association is looking for WI nature 
authors to participate in an "Author's Hour" Aug 8, 2013, during their annual 
conference in LaCrosse. The deadline to apply has been extended to Aug 1. I will 
be participating in the Author's Hour and also as an exhibitor. Here's the info 
link if you are interested: 

For more news about Wisconsin writers, please visit the CWW website at

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WFOP July News

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP) reports:

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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‘Bottoms Up’ Tour News from WHS Press

Celebrate summer with the authors of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries as they discuss the development of the state’s bar cultures – and the taverns that served it up – across Wisconsin. Join the toast at one of many locations, from a Burned Down happy hour on Madeline Island to an Appleton Pub Crawl and UW library discussion.


This Thursday, July 11, the authors will discuss historic bars and breweries at the History Museum at The Castle in Appleton. The 6:30 p.m. Bottoms Up book talk and signing is followed by a Bottoms Up Pub Crawl, on foot, to unique and historic Appleton bars and a former brewery. Pub crawl admission is $5.


The book’s photographer Mark Fay joins coauthor Jim Draeger on Madeline Island Friday, July 12, for a special 4 p.m. Bottoms Up book talk and signing at theWisconsin Historical Society’s Historical Museum followed by a “Burned Down Bottoms Up Toast” to Wisconsin bar culture and history at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, a unique outdoor tavern featured in the book and located near the museum.


Coauthor Jim Draeger returns to the ‘mainland’ to present a Bottoms Up book talk and signing Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oscar Grady Public Library in Saukville.


UW Milwaukee Libraries welcome coauthor Mark Speltz Aug. 8 for a discussion of bar history and culture as part of the university’s “Revisiting Our Past Local History Lecture Series.” The book talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Golda Meier Library on campus. A book signing follows.


A special screening of the Wisconsin Public Television documentary “Bottoms Up: Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries” is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, Wis. Coauthor Jim Draeger will join the screening event to talk about the book that inspired the documentary and host a book signing following the screening. In addition, Draeger will be giving a special book talk at the Three Lakes historical society annual meeting the evening before.


Bottoms Up wraps up its “Toast to Summer Tour” with a kick-off to “Autumn on the Farm” book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Old World Wisconsin site in Eagle with coauthor Jim Draeger. That evening, Draeger will be discussing the book at a special members-only Wisconsin Historical Foundation event. Members should watch their Society correspondence for details; or, join the Wisconsin Historical Foundation today and learn more!


Bottoms Up ‘Toast to Summer’ Tour Schedule


Bottoms Up Book Talk & Pub ‘Crawl’
History at The Castle Museum
 Thursday, July 11
5 p.m.
Madeline Island
Bottoms Up Book Talk & Burned Down Toast
Friday, July 12
4 p.m.
Madeline Island Historical Museum – Book Talk
5-6 p.m.
Tom’s Burned Down Cafe – Happy Hour Toast
Bottoms Up Book Talk
Tuesday, July 23
6:30 p.m.
Oscar Grady Public Library
Bottoms Up Book Talk
Thursday, Aug. 8
7 p.m.
UW Milwaukee Golda Meier Library
Three Lakes
Bottoms Up Documentary Screening & Book Signing
Wednesday, Aug. 14
6:30 p.m.
Demmer Memorial Library
Bottoms Up Book Signing
3-5 p.m.
Old World Wisconsin Gift Shop

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of

Wisconsin history and culture, since 1855

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Books will be available for sale at these events.

The authors will be on hand to sign books.

About the book: Bottoms Up, from Wisconsin Historical Society Press, highlights the history of Wisconsin’s beer making tradition and bar culture. Beginning with inns and saloons, “Bottoms Up” explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity and morality. The book traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Seventy taverns and breweries are featured.

About the authors: Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and deputy state historic preservation officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society, with more than 25 years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures. Mark Speltz is a senior historian at American Girl with a master’s degree in public history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously worked as an independent researcher on exhibits for museums, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and has written several articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

To schedule an author interview or for more information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick at the Wisconsin Historical Society or 608-264-6465.


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