Monthly Archives: October 2013

WFOP Announces Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell announces the following WFOP news for the coming month:

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, NOVEMBER 18, 6:30 p.m. – Rolf Olson and Sharon Auberle

 

 

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Dec 2          2014 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Reading – read your poem or another your love!

Stay tuned for the 2014 schedule!


                       

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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OCTOBER 30 (WEDNESDAY) WI POET LAUREATE MAX GARLAND READS AT RIPON COLLEGE: Lane Library North Reading Room, 7:30-8:30 pm with reception to follow.  

 

NOVEMBER 1 (FRIDAY) WI POET LAUREATE MAX GARLAND READS AT APPLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY:  225 N. Oneida Street, Meeting Room A/B/C, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

 

NOVEMBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) NEW!!!  Poets & Journalers Writing Group: Support and activities for creative short-form writers.  Bring something you’ve written!  6-8 p.m. at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere. Questions?  Contact John Olski at the library at olski_jp@co.brown.wi.us .

 

 

NOVEMBER 12 (TUESDAY) THE FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE FEATURES RICHARD ROE & DAVID SCHELER :  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts (formerly the Windhover) in Fond du Lac. Poet David Scheler’s chapbook, Casting for Meteors from Finishing Line Press, has recently been named an “Editor’s Choice” by the AuroreanRichard Roe is a fixture in the Madison poetry scene, often combining his love of music and dance with poems.

Readings will be followed by a brief open-mic period.  Free admission, snacks, cash bar. 

 

 

NOVEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES CYNTHIA JOHNSON: 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 visitwww.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 

NOVEMBER 26 (TUESDAY), APPLE BLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES LAUREL MILLS & MARILYN POTTER:  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.   Laurel Mills will read from Rumor of Hope, which won Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Award, and Wisconsin Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement Honors. Marilyn Potter’s life as a poet began with the death of her husband.  Encouraged by a personal poet friend to write as a form of grieving, she discovered the muse within.  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

 (Also, please visit the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org)

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Janesville Resident Wins 2 WWA Honors

The Wisconsin Writers Association honored Greg Peck — no, not that one, the other one — with two awards last month. Here’s a news story with the details:

Marshall native earns two writing honors

http://www.hngnews.com/waterloo_marshall/news/local/article_2bc74942-366b-11e3-9f97-001a4bcf6878.html

More information about and for Wisconsin writers — including guidelines and entry forms for CWW contests — is at http://www.wiswriters.org. Please visit!

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Noted Wisconsin Author Launches New Book

Here’s a delightful invitation from Wisconsin mystery, children’s and “American Girl” author Kathleen Ernst:

“You are cordially invited to the launch party for my 4th Chloe Ellefson
Historic Sites mystery, Heritage of Darkness. The party is scheduled
for next Tuesday, October 22nd, from 6-7:30 PM at Mystery to Me, 1863
Monroe Street, Madison.

We’ve got a fun evening planned! Stories, show-and-tell, door prizes,
and the chance to support our new indie bookstore. And both cake and
lefse will be served. Hope to see some of my SinC sibs there.

Cheers,
Kathleen
www.kathleenernst.com

(SinC = Sisters in Crime http://sistersincrimewisconsin.wordpress.com/)

Also, please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at http://www.wiswriters.org

 

 

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Wisconsin Book Festival starts Thursday

Anybody who doesn’t already know about the Wisconsin Book Festival slated to begin on Thursday and go through Sunday can find details and what the low attendance fee of $25 gets you by going here:  http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/  Here’s a sample: Bill Ayers, Jonathan Alter, Caryl Stern, Steven Jiminez.

Also, please visit the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org for more information about and for Wisconsin Writers.

 

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Registration Deadline is Tomorrow

Yikes! This bit of news just about got past me. Sorry for the short notice:

Registration deadline is Oct. 10 for next week’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The event is scheduled for Thursday October 17, 5-7 p.m., at Monona Terrace, Madison.  The banquet is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CCBC and will be followed by the Sixteenth Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture featuring Leonard Marcus. And if the banquet and lecture weren’t enticing enough, there will be a silent auction as part of the evening’s festivities, featuring donated items (including original art) from some very well known authors, artists and illustrators. It’s an evening not to be missed.    

Event Details and registration materials can be found here:  http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/50thbanquet.asp 

Please visit the Council for Wisconsin Writers at http://www.wiswriters.org for more information for and about Wisconsin writers.

 

 

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Celebrate with Wisconsin Writers for Children

Wisconsinites who write for children recently  announced their good news for September on the Society for Children Writers and Illustrators’ Wisconsin chapter listserv.

Madison writer and author of Janis Joplin’s biography Rise Up Singing Ann Angel has a new book out. Adopted Like Me, My Book of  Adopted Heroes, debuted on Sept. 28. Ann blogged about how this book came about on the Children’s Literature Network. Here’s the link to her post: http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/magazine/just-launched/2013/09/adopted-like-me/

Sandy Brehl’s debut book, Odin’s Promise, will be published by Crickhollow imprint, Crispin, early in 2014. Odin’s Promise is a middle grade (ages 8-12) historical fiction set in Norway in WWII.  You can read more about it at http://www.sandybrehl.com/.
Illustrator Michael Kress-Russick’s mural of an anamorphic rendering of a giant beanstalk is now on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Kohl gallery for kids.
Pat Schmatz, author of Mrs. Estronsky and the UFO, Circle the Truth, Mousetraps and Blue Fish, has an essay in the anthology, Break These Rules, by writers of middle-grade and young-adult fare. Proceeds from book sales are to be donated to the Children’s Defense Fund.
Andrea Skyberg’s book Squircle won a Moonbeam Spirit Award
Emily Kokie will be participating in an event as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., she and Nick Podehl, the narrator of the audiobook of her YA novel  Personal Effects, will be discussing about how to present difficult topics to teens, the various aspects of authorship, and how different voices make a book more interesting with a side-by-side reading from Personal Effects.
More about and for Wisconsin writers is at http://www.wiswriters.org

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Two More WFOP Events

Mill Saturday with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland

 The Mill: A Place for Writers

November 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

 Atlas Coffee Mill (www.atlascoffeemill.com)

425 W. Water Street

Appleton, WI  54911

 “[This is] a workshop with special emphasis on writing about place and our relationship to places of particular significance to us.  Such writing might be considered an alternative kind of “mapping,” mapping that illuminates what Google Earth and Garmin and other satellite technologies can’t. It may be that in the wake of our astounding array of technologies, we still need poetry, literature, art, to fully understand and communicate where we are in the world, as well as who we are. We’ll read examples of poets writing about “place,” and do some original writing connected to place, and how it reflects and informs our identity.”

 Class is open to 12

 contact: info@karlahuston.com or smpolansky@hotmail.com for more information or to sign up. 

 Max Garland, Wisconsin’s 5th poet laureate, has taught at UW-Eau Claire since 1996 and is the author of two award-winning poetry collections: The Postal Confessions (winner of the 1995 Juniper Prize in poetry) and Hunger Wide As Heaven (winner of the 2005 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize) as well as the chapbook, Apparitions (Parallel Press, UW Libraries, 1999).  His work—poems, essays and short stories—has been featured in numerous publications. In addition, he’s a member of the Eau Claire-based band Eggplant Heroes, which plays literary-inspired folk and Americana.

 

Poetry Off the Page

Workshop Leader: Glenis Redmond
For Educators of Grades 4-12
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Fee: $30 or $25 / AASD Staff 
(includes resource packet and boxed dinner)

Based on the belief that poetry, in addition to being written and read, should be performed. This workshop will help educators introduce students to the topic of poetry. Participants will learn ways to help students learn brainstorming techniques, imagery and layering to write powerful and effective poems. Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and cross creative boundaries. Award-winning poet Glenis Redmond will share techniques on how to help students express themselves through their words and bring their poetry to life on the page as well as off the page. This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 .  To register: 

http://www.foxcitiespac.com/educators/available-workshops

 
Reminders of October Events:
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, October 21, 6:30 p.m. – The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau and Georgia Ressmeyer

Education, art, travel, and writing are lifelong interests for Marilyn Zelke-Windau. Retired from teaching elementary school art, Marilyn is now a docent and workshop facilitator at John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan. She has had poetry most recently published online atqarrtsiluni, Linden Avenue Journal, Brawler Lit, Your Daily Poem and in Stoneboat and Verse Wisconsin magazines.

Maryann Hurtt has had poems in several regional journals, online, and in national anthologies. In 2012 she was a John Wood Scholar in Prague and in 2013 attended Fishtrap on a Sally Bowerman Scholarship.  In her other life she is a hospice nurse, rides a bright yellow tandem with her husband, and loves to fish, except putting on the worm.

Georgia Ressmeyer, an east coast native, has lived happily in Wisconsin since 1974, first as a lawyer in Milwaukee and now as a poet in Sheboygan. Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, she has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press, 2010).

 ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Nov 18           Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson

Dec 2             2014 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Reading

Beginning work on 2014 schedule:  please let us know if you are interested in reading or if you have suggestions for other readers!!

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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The Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere is looking to host a monthly gathering for poets – an opportunity for discussions, guest poets, workshop activities and networking.  If you are an interested poet in the Green Bay / De Pere area, what time of day or day of the week would work best for you?  Contact John Olski at the library at olski_jp@co.brown.wi.us

 OCT 8 (TUESDAY) THE FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE FEATURES MARILYN TAYLOR AND SUSAN ELBE:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts (formerly the Windhover) in Fond du Lac.  Marilyn is a former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (nuff said!), and Susan is widely published including The Map of What Happened, winner of the Backwaters Prize for 2012.  Readings will be followed by a brief open-mic period.  Free admission, snacks, cash bar.

OCT 9 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES JOHN PATRICK (JACK) REDELL: 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 visitwww.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

OCT 22 (TUESDAY), APPLE BLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES BILL URBROCK:  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.   Bill Urbrock will read a selection of modern Hebrew poetry (in English translation, of course!). Bill, a native of Chicago, taught Old Testament studies at UW-Oshkosh from 1972-2004.  He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Oral-Formulaic Composition and the Book of Job, conducted three NEH seminars on the Book of Psalms, and published two articles on the poetry of Haim Gouri.  He has written several plays for voices that incorporate his own translations and adaptations of poetic sections from the Old Testament.  His newest play, Carmel, will be published later this year by Sheffield Press in England.  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

 OCT 25-26:  WFOP FALL CONFERENCE IN STEVENS POINT: It’s the Central-Fox Valley region’s turn to plan, and we’ve mapped out a doozy!  Join us for From Brain to Book:  a Living Library on Poetry Publishing, featuring experts on a range of book publishing options.  Visithttp://wfop.org/confrncs/fallconf.html to learn more and register!

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