Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wisconsinite wins Geisel Award, Newbery Honor

Books by Racine native and Madison resident Kevin Henkes received a Newbery Honors award and the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for 2014, the American Library Association announced yesterday.

Henkes’s The Year of Billy Miller was one of four works that were runners-up to the Newbery Medal winner.  Hankes, the author of more than 30 books, won the Caldecott Medal (for illustration) in 2005 for his picture book Kitten’s First Full Moon. He won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Major Achievement Award in 2009, and CWW’s Children’s Picture Book Award in 1991 (for Crysanthemum) and in 1986 (for Grandpa and Bo), and CWW’s Juvenile Book award in 1988 (for The Zeba Wall).

Congratulations and best wishes to this supremely talented and prolific Wisconsin writer and illustrator!

Former Wisconsinite who now lives in Chicago, Amy Timberlake, also received a Newbery Honor with her book, One Came Home.

Deadline is SUNDAY, Jan. 31, for CWW contests for children’s books and other categories described at


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Cold Lingers, Deadlines Loom

From Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell:

Cold might not be coming to an end anytime soon, but several deadlines do — see details below!!

Monday, February 17, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton – Lawrence University Poets

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of every month except December (the first Monday). 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.  



TUES, FEB 11 DAVID MCGLYNN & KARA CANDITO, presented by the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  Council for Wisconsin Writers 2012 prize-winning authors will read from recent work.  McGlynn is the winner of CWW’s Kingery/Derleth Nonfiction Book Award.  Candito is the winner of CWW’s Lorie Niedecker Award.  Open mic follows.  Refreshments and good company.  Lots of new, fresh things are just beginning to happen at THELMA.

WED, FEB 12 DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES YOUTH READERS: 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.

TUES, FEB 25 BRUCE DETHLEFSEN:  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.



WED, FEB 5  CREATIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway).  6-8 p.m. Bring poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.  A group for networking and support.  Contact John with any questions:

FEB 24 – APRIL 14:  POETRY WORKSHOP WITH KARLA HUSTON:  Mondays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton Course Fee: $200 (8 classes)

Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced poet, you’ll find something for you in this class. Using exemplary poems written by classic and contemporary poets, we’ll talk about voice, sound, imagery, diction, rhythm, line breaks, metaphor and more. You’ll leave the class with a better knowledge of the fundamentals of what makes a poem work, the vocabulary with which to talk about poems, and a renewed appreciation for reading poetry. You’ll find plenty of writing exercises to stimulate your creative juices or tickle your poetic fancies. Classes will stress the basics, as well as new writing and a workshop environment in which to consider new writing. If interested, contact:

The Mill: a Place for Writers is also offering fiction workshops with Mike Magnuson or Steve Polansky. For more info, visit and Like The Mill at




WFOP CHAPBOOK CONTEST, DEADLINE FEB 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 FEB 1: For an original unpublished poem.  Do not have to be a WFOP member to enter.  See for contest rules.



– Poets must be 18 or older, reside, work, or attend school in the Fox Cities and its environs (within a 25 mile radius) or be current or former students of The Mill.

– Poets may submit up to TWO poems per entry.  No individual poem may be longer than ONE page, single-spaced, common font like Times New Roman and in no smaller than 12-point font. 

– ONLY ONE submission of up to TWO poems each is permitted. 

– Entries may be submitted between Jan. 15 and Mar. 10, 2014.  Entries emailed after the deadline of Mar. 10 will not be considered.

– Email submissions accepted only.  Send to as a single document attachment saved in Word as a doc or docx or pdf or rtf file.  Do not paste into the body of the email.

– The poet’s name or address may not appear ANYWHERE on the poems. Poems must be accompanied by a cover letter (a separate page) bearing the poem titles, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

– Previously published poems (in print or online.  A personal blog is considered a publication, as is Facebook or other social media.) are NOT eligible. All work must be original. Any style or theme is welcome.

– Keep a copy of your poems.  Entries will be recycled.

– There will be one winner earning a prize of $300. 

Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. Winner will receive a $300 cash prize and the admiration of his/her peers.

Final judge will be Chuck Rybak who is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Throughand Liketown. His full-length collections, Tongue and Groove and </war> were released 2007 and  2013 by Main Street Rag Publications. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati ReviewPebble Lake ReviewWar, Literature & the ArtsThe LedgeSouthern Poetry ReviewVerse Wisconsin; and other journal.

Contact Karla Huston at if you have questions.  Good luck.

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP)




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Bitter Cold Cancels Apple Blossom Poetry Reading

The following info was forwarded by WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:

“Because of the bitter cold that is heading our way Monday and Tuesday, and thus travel safety concerns as well as health risks, David Graham’s poetry reading at Apple Blossom has been postponed. We will do our best to reschedule David as soon as possible. So stay home and stay warm dear poetry lovers.

We will meet next, on Feb. 25th with Bruce Dethlefsen being the featured reader. More details to follow.”
CWW contests entry deadline is coming up fast! Friday, Jan. 31. Please see the CWW website at for contest descriptions and entry details.

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“Big Rig” to Rumble into Hedberg Library

Wisconsin Children’s writer Jamie Swenson announced the “Official First Reading/Launch” of her new picture book BIG RIG on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at  the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville (316 S. Main Street).

The event will include Jamie reading her book and answering question, followed by refreshments (cake!) and signing books. Proceeds from books sales that night will benefit The Friends of the Hedberg Public Library.

Congratulations to Jamie!

Deadline for entering Council for Wisconsin Writers contests is fast approaching — January 31! Details and entry forms are at


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WI Children’s Book Authors’ Spring Release List

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin chapter, has issued a flyer listing books by Wisconsin authors and illustrators being published this spring. Here’s the list. The actual flyer is at  The success of Wisconsin writers and artists is just astounding!

2014 SPRING RELEASES by WISCONSIN Authors and Illustrators

BEN and ZIP: TWO SHORT FRIENDS by Joanne Linden, art by Tom Goldsmith (Flashlight Press, April, 2014) ISBN:
BIG RIG by Jamie A. Swenson, art by Ned Young (Disney Hyperion, 2/4/14) ISBN: 978-1-4231-6330-5
CORK AND FUZZ: WAIT A MINUTE! By Dori Chaconas, art by Lisa McCue (Viking/Penguin Young Readers, 2/6/14) ISBN: 978-0-670-01481-1
HULA HOOPIN’ QUEEN by Thelma Godin, illustrated by vanes Brantley Newton  (Lee & Low Publishers, April) ISBN: 978-1-60060-846
THE PENTECOST STORY by Elizabeth Jaeger (Concordia Publishing, Arch Books, January) ISBN-13: 978-0-7586-4604-0
RAINBOW OF BIRDS by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Jack Foster (Guardian Angel Publishing, April) ISBN: 978-1-6163-3462-8

ASK AGAIN LATER, by Liz Czukas (Harper Teen, 3/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN: 978-0062272393
KATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata (Disney Hyperion, 5/20/14) Middle Grade. ISBN: 978-1-4231-9459-0
ODIN’S PROMISE by Sandy Brehl (Crispin Books, 4/15/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN-13: 978-1-883953-65-2
POET’S WORKSHOP series: Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Limericks; Read, Recite, and Write Narrative Poems; and Read, Recite, and Write Nursery Rhymes. By JoAnn Early Macken (Crabtree Publishing) Available in eBook, paperback, and library binding at
ROAD TO SOMEWHERE, by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris (Bloomsbury Spark, 2/11/14) YA Contemporary ISBN:
ROYALLY LOST by Angie Stanton (Harper Teen, 5/6/14) YA ISBN-13: 978-0062272584
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: THE ULTIMATE TEEN GUIDE, by Sheri Bestor  (Scarecrow Press) Non-fiction. ISBN: 9780810885585
WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren (Putnam Young Readers, 2/20/14) MG Historical Fiction ISBN: 978-0-399-16352-4
WHITE SPACE: Book One of the DARK PASSAGES by Ilsa J. Bick (Egmont USA, February) Young Adult ISBN-10: 1606844199, ISBN-13: 978-1606844199

These books will be eligible for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014  Tofte/WrightChildren’s Literature Award , which has been won in recent years by SCBWI members Kathleen Ernst, Janet Halfmann and Jacqueline Houtman. Entry deadline for work published in 2013 is Jan. 31, 2014. Please visit the CWW website at for more details.


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New Publisher for Young Artists, Writers

The following is posted on behalf of Milwaukee teacher, writer, editor Marisa Wall Riepenhoff. What a great new entry into the publishing world!

Hidden Color Press — a new, youth-run publisher — is seeking submissions of teen art & writing for compilation into “a guide to Milwaukee.” Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.

We want readers to experience Milwaukee through your eyes as a teen. Think about places throughout the city that mean something to you – places that not everyone might know about or appreciate, like an abandoned plot of land or an old house. It doesn’t have to be a physical place; it could be about a more intangible aspect of Milwaukee, like its creativity or its community. It can be a memory, a smell or a feeling evoked. We want you to think about what makes a *place* and about your perspective of this creative city. Explore Milwaukee, and experiment with how you want to represent this city through your creative work.

Poetry, drawings, short stories, paintings, essays, photography, scripts, prints, haiku, comic art, reviews, rants, interviews, memoirs, satires or any other creative work can be submitted. We are looking for work that will help us see Milwaukee in entirely new ways through your eyes.

A few important details:
*Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Greater Milwaukee area is welcome to submit original work and will be considered for publication.

* Deadline for submissions is March 1st.
* The student organizer/editor of this project will design and publish a chapbook of the work this spring.
*More information can be found on or by emailing


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Coleman to Discuss “Spoke” on WPR’s TTBOOK

Wisconsinite and former CWW board member Coleman will be on that great Wisconsin Public Radio program “To The Best Of Our Knowledge” this coming Sunday to talk about his gripping book, Spoke. Give a listen, either when it airs at 1 p.m., Jan. 19, or listen online. Check WPR archives after the Sunday broadcast.

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This Sunday – January 19th, on
National Public Radio
Everybody makes choices. Some of them matter for an hour, others for the rest of your life. For thousands of young people forty years ago, the choice was to go to war in Vietnam or accept the consequences of refusing.
Jim Fleming and Steve Paulson interview:
Check your local NPR station for times.

In Wisconsin, TTBOOK will air at 9 a.m. on the Classical Network and 1 p.m. on the Ideas Network.

The show will be archived for online
listening at

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