Monthly Archives: December 2013

Email News Re: WFOP

From WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell:

DEC 18 (WEDNESDAY)  Millers, Millites, Millpersons, Millitants, Millatarians, Millenialists, Millistines, family and friends thereof:  You, one and all, are invited to the The Mill’s holiday gathering at the Atlas Coffee Mill on the Fox River in Appleton. The cafe will be open for drinks, sandwiches, and snacks. There will also be a (cash) wine bar available.  Please bring a gift-wrapped book of your choosing to exchange. If any of you have a short piece of writing that reflects the spirit of the winter season, we’d love to hear you read it. The evening will begin at 6:30 and end sometime after 8:00. We hope to see you there.

 SAVE THESE DATES IN 2014! 
 
Monday, January 20, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton – Love Poems with Charles Ries & Cathryn Cofell

 

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe233 E. College Ave, Appleton 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.  NOTE:  as of January 20, Harmony Café will discontinue its restaurant/food operations.  The coffee shop/bakery will stay open.

 Cathryn Cofell is the woman who sends you emails, encouraging you to attend all the great poetry events happening throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  Beyond emails, I’ve published poetry and essays, including Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press 2013), six chapbooks and one CD with poems set to the music of Obvious Dog.  As Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and a volunteer with the WFOP, the Foot of the Lake Collective, Verse Wisconsin, the Fox Cities Book Festival and this great Harmony Café Series, I am either using all this advocacy work as an excuse to not write or unable to get enough poetry (yours and mine) out into the world.  Let’s focus on the latter, ok? Learn more atwww.cathryncofell.com

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received five Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing.  He is the author of The Fathers We Find, a memoir, as well as six books of poetry including Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love  published by Alternating Current Press in 2013 titled.  Most recently he was awarded the Wisconsin Writers Association “Jade Ring” for humorous poetry.  He is the former poetry editor for Word Riot (www.wordriot.org) and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center.   His work can be found athttp://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/Mss/CPR/CPR-main.shtml.

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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 JAN 8

 (WEDNESDAY)

Creative Writers Workshop – 6-8 p.m.  – Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway).  Bring poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.  A group for networking and support!  

Contact: John Olski

– olski_jp@co.brown.wi.us

 JAN 8

 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES 

PATRICK MORAN

: 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 www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559. JAN 11 (SATURDAY), COMPASSIONATE POETRY WORKSHOP:  Join Joanna Dane from 1-3:30 at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton for this workshop on writing poetry with a focus on compassion.  More details to follow!

JAN 14

 (TUESDAY) THE FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE WILL PRESENT 

THE FAVORITE POEM PROJECT

7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  

This annual reading features local “celebs” and poetry lovers reading their favorite poet’s poem.  More details to follow.

 Lots of new, fresh things are just beginning to happen at THELMA. JAN 28 (TUES)

APPLE BLOSSOM BOOKS POETRY READING IN OSHKOSH:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.  

 Featured reader for January is David Graham!

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.

DEADLINES!

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COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS’ WI WRITER AWARDS DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2014: http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm

WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1: For a chapbook published in 2013.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter. See http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html 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 http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html for contest rules.

APPLETON SIDEWALK POETRY PROGRAM DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1Click Here for Guidelines

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2014

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Feb 17           Lawrence Student Invitational
Mar 17           Ellen Kort and John Walser

Apr 21            Paul Scot August and Robert Vaughan

May 19           Marilyn Taylor and Mary Wehner

Jun 16            Mandi Isaacson and Sarah Gilbert
July 21           Tom Jones and Cristina Norcross
Aug 18           Kay Sanders and Margaret Rozga
Sep15            Kathryn Gahl and Wendy Schmidt
Oct 20            Paula Anderson and Mariann Ritzer
Nov 17           Joan and Jeffrey Johannes
Dec 1             2015 WFOP Calendar reading with editors Steve and Jeannie Tomasko

 

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YA Writers is Honor Grant Recipient

Children’s  writer Deborah Lynn Jacobs has received an SCBWI Jane Yolen honor grant for mid-list authors. Jacobs, who writes speculative fiction for teens and has published Choices  and Powers, is one of two honor grants recipients. Grant winner is New York native Eva Feldman.

Yolen, who has published more than 300 books,  established the grant fund which provides one $2,000 award and two $500 honors a year, to help raise awareness in the publishing industry about authors’ current works in progress.

Deborah has been active in the Wisconsin chapter of SCBWI for many years and currently serves as the SE area rep.

 

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News from WFOP

Via 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.  

NOTE:  as of January 20, Harmony Café will discontinue its restaurant/food operations.  The coffee shop/bakery will still be available! 

Monday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. – Love Poems with Charles Ries & Cathryn Cofell

NOTE:  Previously move to January 13, but we’re back on regular schedule of January 20!!

Cathryn Cofell is the woman who sends you emails, encouraging you to attend all the great poetry events happening throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  Beyond emails, I’ve published poetry and essays, including Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press 2013), six chapbooks and one CD with poems set to the music of Obvious Dog.  As Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and a volunteer with the WFOP, the Foot of the Lake Collective, Verse Wisconsin, the Fox Cities Book Festival and this great Harmony Café Series, I am either using all this advocacy work as an excuse to not write or unable to get enough poetry (yours and mine) out into the world.  Let’s focus on the latter, ok? Learn more at www.cathryncofell.com

 

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received five Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing.  He is the author of The Fathers We Find, a memoir, as well as six books of poetry including Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love  published by Alternating Current Press in 2013 titled.  Most recently he was awarded the Wisconsin Writers Association “Jade Ring” for humorous poetry.  He is the former poetry editor for Word Riot (www.wordriot.org) and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center.   His work can be found at http://www.marquette.edu/library/archives/Mss/CPR/CPR-main.shtml.

 ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2014

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Feb 17            Lawrence Student InvitationalOTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH,  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 .

DEC 10 (TUESDAY) THE FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE WILL PRESENT “HOLIDAY HAIKU”:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  John Walser, professor of English at Marian University, will conduct a fun, interactive game of haiku writing for the audience to simply enjoy or in which they can participate. Haiku is a short form of image poetry, fun to write and fun to listen to.  After, travel upstairs to enjoy the member’s party with the Lighthouse Big Band playing.  If you are not a member consider joining.  Lots of new, fresh things are just beginning to happen at THELMA.

DEC 11 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES SHARON AUBERLE AND RALPH MURRE: 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 www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

DEC 18 (WEDNESDAY)  Millers, Millites, Millpersons, Millitants, Millatarians, Millenialists, Millistines, family and friends thereof:  You, one and all, are invited to the The Mill’s holiday gathering at the Atlas Coffee Mill on the Fox River in Appleton. The cafe will be open for drinks, sandwiches, and snacks. There will also be a (cash) wine bar available.  Please bring a gift-wrapped book of your choosing to exchange. If any of you have a short piece of writing that reflects the spirit of the winter season, we’d love to hear you read it. The evening will begin at 6:30 and end sometime after 8:00. We hope to see you there.

FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, APPLE BLOSSOM BOOKS POETRY READING IN OSHKOSH:  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.

SAVE THE DATE:  JANUARY 11 (SATURDAY), COMPASSIONATE POETRY WORKSHOP:  Join Joanna Dane from 1-3:30 at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton for this workshop on writing poetry with a focus on compassion.  More details to follow!

DEADLINES!

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WFOP POETS CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2013:  http://wfop.org/calendar/calguide.html

COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS’ WI WRITER AWARDS DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2014: http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm

WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1: For a chapbook published in 2013.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter. See http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html 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 http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html for contest rules.

APPLETON SIDEWALK POETRY PROGRAM DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1Click Here for Guidelines

 

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WFOP Monthly News

News from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

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. (No meeting on the third Monday of this month — December.)   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.                   

 

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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

DEADLINES!
COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS’ WI WRITERS AWARDS  —  JANUARY 31, 2014

WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST — FEBRUARY 1, 2014

For a book published in 2013.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter.   Details at http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html.

WFOP MUSE PRIZE — FEBRUARY 1 

For an original unpublished poem.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter.  Details at http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html.

 

 

 

 

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Calendar Odes (and Prose) to Great Lakes Wanted

Want your words captured in time? Or dated? Try this:

Photographers, Writers Wanted for DNR Publications

Scroll down to the last paragraph, which says:

“The DNR is also looking for writers to share writing about the Great Lakes for the calendar, publications, presentations and displays. Calendar space limit is about 180 words or 20 poem lines. Email writing submissions, along with your name, address, phone number and email address, by Feb. 1 to DNRGreatLakesWriting@wisconsin.gov.”

Also, please visit CWW’s website at http://www.wiswriters.

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Wisconsin Children’s Writers Rock!

Ann Bausum (Marching to the Mountaintop, Unraveling Freedom, Denied Detained Deported, Muckrakers, Freedom Riders, With Courage and Cloth, Our Country’s Presidents, Our Country’s First Ladies) surfaced last week, explaining her recent absence from SCBWI events to announce two firsts in her illustrious writing career: The upcoming publication of her first adult book and her first book contract with a New York publishing house. Her adult book is a companion title to her children’s publication about World War I service dog Sergeant Stubby. The adult and children’s book divisions of National Geographic, which has published her previous books, will publish both “Sergeant Stubby” books in May. Her contract with Viking is for Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, about the 1969 riots that helped to spark the gay rights movement. Ann also added to her impressive string of awards. Her  Marching to the Mountaintop, a biography about the final months of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., has received the Jane Addams Children’s Book Honor Award (for older readers) and the Carter G. Woodson Award (Middle Level category) from the National Council for the Social Studies.

Kashmira Sheth (My Dadima Wears a SariMonsoon Afternoon, No-Dogs-Allowed Rule, Boys Without Names, Blue Jasmine, Keeping Corner, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet) reports that her Tiger in My Soup is on the Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2013 list.

Kashmira will be joining children’s and adult writer, poet and former children’s librarian Evie Robillard on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison where Evie will be giving a “book talk and read aloud” as part of its “take your child to a bookstore day.” Her forthcoming chapbook of adult poetry–called The Willow-slip–is now available for preorder at FinishingLinePress.com.

There are so many writing and writing-related courses available to and offered by Wisconsin writers, that it would be impossible to include them in this blog. I’m making an exception, however, with a four-week online course called “Put Your Fear to Work” that award-winning middle-grade and YA writer Pat Schmatz will be offering in March. Writing with fear was the topic of the closing session Pat presented in October at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-Wisconsin’s Fall Conference. It was one of the most compelling, insightful and beneficial conference sessions I’ve encountered. “It’s not just for kid writers,” Pat says, “it’s for anyone. … Scholarships are available and there’s an early-bird discount. Here’s the link for more details and to register:  https://www.loft.org/classes/detail/?loft_product_id=55401. “Meanwhile,” Pat adds, “welcome to the dark and cold days – perfect time for fear excavation.  Happy writing!”

Another link to visit is http://www.wiswriters.org, which contains information and entry forms for the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2013 writing contests. Entry deadline is Jan. 31, 2014. The link for a list of and information about the eight contests is http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm

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