WFOP’s Sept. Poetry News

From WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell:

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, September 16, 6:30 p.m. – Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Karla Huston’s first poetry collection, A Theory of Lipstick, was just released by Main Street Rag.  Winner of the 2003Main Street Rag Chapbook contest, Karla Huston is also the author of six chapbooks of poetry, most recently An Inventory of Lost ThingsCentennial Press, 2009. She has published poetry, reviews and interviews in many state and national journals. Nominated for more than two-dozen Pushcart Prizes, her poem “Theory of Lipstick” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (2012).  Recently retired from teaching English and creative writing at Neenah High School, Karla continues to teach workshops on poetry at The Mill: a Place for Writers and writes poetry reviews.

Rusty McKenzie lives and writes on the north shore of Lake Winnebago.   A retired art therapist, she is blessed with family and friends, books, watercolors and occasional trips to a tiny out-island in the Bahamas. She has written two books of poems: Never Far From Water and Alive With Dandelions. Rusty is a listener, an observer, a reader of people, a lover of story.  She finds her voice in water, wind, birds, and sometimes under rocks and bridges where the trolls live. Her pen has been a lifesaver through dark nights of grief, and a memory keeper of days warm with love and laughter.  In her search for simplicity in the complex soup of this twenty-first century, writing is her long-handled spoon:

“The world enters through my eyes and ears,

probing deep until my heart begins to hum

and my hand gives free reign to the pen…

if I’m lucky, a poem is born.”



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

Nov 18         Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson

Dec 2  
         Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ 2014 Calendar Reading (FIRST Monday)



SEPT 8 (SUNDAY), COWFEATHER PRESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY & READING FOR CATHRYN COFELL & MOISES VILLAVICENCIO BARRAS:  The event takes place at 2:00 pm (NEW TIME!) at the Kangaroost, 313 Dodge Street, Kaukauna.   Moises will read from his new book Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times, and Cathryn from her new book Sister Satellite.  Light refreshments, cash bar, music by Obvious Dog, books to buy and get signed!  Visit for more on both books or additional readings.

 SEPT 17 (TUESDAY), THE FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE FEATURES TWO VOICES IN THE HOUSE: poet David Graham and painter Lee Shippey are presenters in the annual “Two Voices in the House” series which showcases a couple with varied artistic endeavors.  The reception for the artists will begin at 7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts (formerly the Windhover) in Fond du Lac.  A reading by David will follow with a brief open-mic period.  Free admission, snacks, cash bar. The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective holds literary events on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, temporarily at the Riverwalk  Art Center, 33 W. 2nd Street, Fond du Lac.

 SEPT 18 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES SUSAN T. MOSS: 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.

SEPT 24 (TUESDAY), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES KAY SANDERS 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.   Kay Sanders‘ poetry has won a number of awards and has been published in a several venues, including Fox Cry, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Poets’ Calendars. Her chapbook, That Red Dirt Road, was published by Parallel Press.  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

NEW for fall at The Mill: A Place for Writers


September 11 7 p.m. –8:30 p.m.

Atlas Coffee Mill

Present and prospective students, along with those interested in learning more about The Mill are invited to gather at the Atlas Coffee Mill. Mill teachers (Steve Polansky, Mike Magnuson, Karla Huston) will be there to answer any questions you might have about upcoming classes. You will be able to register for classes on the spot. As an added incentive, Mike Magnuson will read from his work.  The cafe will be open for us and fully functioning. The occasion will be casual and convivial and, I trust, encouraging to those new to The Mill.



Fundamentals of Fiction – with Steve Polansky

Mondays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

September 23 – November 25

Course Fee: $250

Atlas Coffee Mill


Poetry Workshop – with Karla Huston

Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

September 18 – November 20

Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton

Course Fee: $250


Creative Nonfiction – with Mike Magnuson

 Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

September 18 – November 20

Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton

Course Fee: $250


Fiction Writing Workshop – with Steve Polansky

Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

September 18 – November 20

Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton

Course Fee: $250

(Note: This class is for those who have taken Fundamentals of Fiction)


We’ve Got A “Ticket to Ride”Saturday, September 28, 2013 

9 a.m – 2 p.m.

Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton, Wisconsin

Class fee: $75 (includes lunch, tax and tip, and morning coffee)

Join Karla Huston to write along with the Beatles.  We’ll use them as inspiration for creating our poems.  We’ll consider their music, the styles and digressions, their impact on the music of the 60s, the 60s influences on them, and how that music is important today.  This class will stress new writing as we sing along, remember and create.  Bring pen or pencil or fancy quill, favorite notebook, your slate, the back of your hand—anything that makes you feel like singing or dancing or rockin’ out!  Beatle boots and floppy hair permitted.  Class is limited to 12.

If interested, contact:


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