Monthly Archives: November 2013

Creative Writer Department Observes Birthday

Wisconsin poet and CWW board member Robin Chapman forwarded the link to this story on the Badger Herald website, which readers of this blog might find interesting.

UW Creative Writing department celebrates 35 years

Sounds like an event all Wisconsin writers would have enjoyed.


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Of Dogs and Lipstick: Poet to Read from Her Works

Here’s a great opportunity to listen to “brainy, jazzy, accessible” poetry and meet the poet who wrote it.


 Award winning Wisconsin Poet KARLA HUSTON will read from her newest books, A Theory of Lipstick and Outside of a Dog, on Wednesday November 20 at 7:30 in the North Reading Room of Lane Library at Ripon College.   The reading, which is free and open to all, will be followed by a chance to meet the poet and a book signing.

Winner of the 2003 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest, Karla Huston earned her MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  She is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Outside of a Dog (dancing girl press & studio: 2013).  Main Street Rag published her full collection of poems A Theory of Lipstick also in 2013.

Huston has published poetry, reviews and interviews in many state and national journals. Her poem “Theory of Lipstick” was awarded a Pushcart Prize<> and appeared in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (2012).
A retired teacher of high school English, Huston now teaches poetry writing workshops at The Mill: A Place for Writers, in Appleton, WI, and frequently gives readings around the state. 

Poet Phil Dacey writes about Huston’s work that it “is both brainy and sensuous, and the whole is underwritten by a musical ear attuned to the American idiom at its jazziest.”  Katie Giorgio notes that “the most wonderful thing about Karla Huston’s poetry is accessibility.  The reader doesn’t have to be a poet, an academic or an intellectual to be able to appreciate it.”  Susan Firer calls Huston’s poems “generous with the pleasures of poetry.”

Huston’s visit is being sponsored by  the Ripon College Visiting Writers Series and Lane Library, with assistance from the Schang Family Visiting Writer Fund.  For more information, contact David Graham, Department of English.

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Cathryn Cofell with The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) says that as part of the Fox Valley Poetry Series, which meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months, Rolf Olson and Sharon Auberle will be readin on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

 Sharon Auberle is the author of three poetry collections– two of which also contain her photographs and two book collaborations with poets in which her photos are featured.    Her newest work is a collection of poems with Ralph Murre, titled Wind Where Music Was.   She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Earth’s Daughters; Goose River Anthology 2013; Verse and Vision and Cradle Songs.  For reasons which are still a mystery to her, she has authored a blog–Mimi’s Golightly Café for seven years, which contains a potpourri of her images and words.

Rolf Olson has been a craftsman in wood and metal for 25 years, working as a boat builder, joiner, and blacksmith designing and building doors, cabinets, furniture and functional objects in wood and metal.  Hbegan writing poetry seriously about 13 years agopublishing his first chapbook, “One Glass Eye” in 2003.  His next book, “Riot at the Poets’ Café,” is in its’ final editing at this time.  His poems have been described as spare, fun, intense, and Zen-like.  He has been a member of the “Unabridged Poets” for 8 years, is currently the resident manager at a destination hotel in Egg Harbor and has been living in Door County for the past 30 years.

Other events and news include:

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.


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:




WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST OPENS DECEMBER 1, DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1: For a book published in 2013.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter.  See for contest rules.

WFOP MUSE PRIZE DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1: For an original unpublished poem.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter.  See for contest rules.



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WI Writers Celebrate Good News

Sue Berk Koch will have an article in the January issue of Odyssey, a science magazine published by Carus.

Karen Bezella-Bond’s novel, Rude Marble, set on an archaeological excavation in Greece, is a finalist in the YA Romance category of the Windy City RWA Four Seasons Contest.

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WI People & Ideas Contests Are Open

Here’s news about a contest for writers:

Win cash, prizes, and publication in the Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry and fiction contests.

Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best fiction and poetry from around the state, and now it’s your chance to become a part of Wisconsin’s new literary canon. Click on the appropriate category for info on how to enter your poems and short stories in our 2014 contests, which accept submissions until December 15, 2013, and are open to all Wisconsin residents and students. Send us your best and win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a slot at the 2014 contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival even a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point. Share the news by downloading a contest flyer here!
Check out the CWW website at for info about CWW contests, which opened today. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014.

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CWW Contests Accepting Entries Until Jan. 31

Press Release: CWW Opens its Wisconsin Writers’ Contests for 50th Year

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers

Contact: Robin Chapman   608-238-6932

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2013

The Council for Wisconsin Writers, celebrating its 50th anniversary, invites Wisconsin writers who have published work in 2013 to enter its contests for book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point.

The Council contests open November 1, 2013 and will close January 31, 2014 (postmark deadline).  Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $20. Membership in CWW is not required. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee in May 2014.

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student and $250 for the student’s high school library. Members of the board will judge. Postmark deadline for the student essay contest is also January 31, 2014.

Awards have been retitled this year to honor Wisconsin authors Zona Gale, Edna Meudt, Norbert Blei, and Edna Ferber, in addition to awards previously named for Lorine Niedecker, August Derleth, Betty Ren Wright, and Arthur Tofte.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, judge bios, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, .


CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.


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