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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