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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