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


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 ( and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center.   His work can be found at



Feb 17            Lawrence Student InvitationalOTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 


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 .

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 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!





WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1: For a chapbook 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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