Poetry News From WFOP Friends

Monday, ​JUN 16​, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton ​ – 

​THE HOSTS ARE NOW THE HOSTED:  PLEASE COME OUT TO HEAR SARAH GILBERT & MANDI ISAACSON!

​Sarah has been the host of the Harmony Cafe Poetry Series since its inception years ago, and Mandi of the Appleblossom/Caramel Crisp Cafe series in Oshkosh, both​ faithfully attending month after month to celebrate the work of so many other poets. ​ Now it’s our chance to return the favor by​ coming out to hear their exceptional work:

Sarah Gilbert returned to writing poetry in the midst of two decades of Lynch Syndrome cancers. She serves as a regional VP for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her work has appeared in Fox Cry Review, Wisconsin Poets Calendar, The Healing Muse, Your Daily Poem, and Sharing Widely Living Deeply. Someday her cancer chapbook will find a publisher, and she’ll get other collections together. Meanwhile, she spends her days volunteering here and there, gardening, weaving, and hanging out with her family, cats, and dog.

Mandi ​Isaacson ​was writing a mystery when she fell in love with poetry and has been writing poems ever since. She is a member of two writing groups and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Mandi assists Kay Sanders in running the monthly poetry readings at Caramel Crisp Café/Apple Blossom Books—featuring renowned poets from throughout the state—the 4th Tuesday of every month, except December. Mandi has been published in several issues of the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, The Scene–Oshkosh and has placed twice in the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest poetry contests.

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.

​ON DECK AT HARMONY:

July 21           Tom Jones and Cristina Norcross
Aug 18           Kay Sanders and Margaret Rozga

​Sep15            Kathryn Gahl and Wendy Schmidt

ADDITIONAL READINGS

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WED, ​JUNE 11, JUDE GENEREAUX, featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES: 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.

TUES, JUNE 24, FRANKIE MENGELING AT CARAMEL CRISP & CAFE200 E City Center, Oshkosh:  Except for a 6th grade poem about how her school’s blackboard was now green, Frankie didn’t write poetry until she was teaching at Lourdes High School where ​she discovered the National Writing Project that teaches how to teach writing.  For six years she was one of the 13 National Writing Project teachers who critiqued teacher writings across the USA via email.  She submitted her poetry for their scrutiny also and learned that bathtub Madonnas appear in more places than Wisconsin farmyards.   And that Southerners had never heard of rumble seats.  ​Her poems have appeared in the Museletter of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Fox CryVerse Wisconsin, and six Wisconsin Poets’ Calendars. In addition she writes a blog “Riding the Beer Trail” about old Oshkosh taverns. The blog has had nearly 34,000 hits by readers from the USA and over 70 countries. The featured readers begin at 6:30 pm. 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.

​THURS, JUNE 26, 6-8 PM, READER’S LOFT IN GREEN BAY:  ​FEATURED POET TO BE ANNOUNCED

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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Erin Heiling is the new contact person for poetry submissions to The Scene: Oshkosh.  She is very enthusiastic about receiving your poetry with an eye towards publication.  Poets may contact Erin at: artsy_erin@yahoo.com.

CALL FOR POETS​: Northeast Region (Green Bay) looking to develop a schedule of poets for readings at The Reader’s Loft, Green Bay, the last Thursday of every month. Openings July, August and September. Bring your chapbook or collection for display/sale. If interested, contact regional VP Tori Grant Welhouse at torigw@att.net.

BROADSIDE CONTEST​: One poet will be awarded their submitted poem visually designed as an 11×17″ color broadside with 100 color copies to sell or otherwise distribute at readings, events, etc. If you are not familiar with broadsides here’s a link to the Minnesota Book Arts that not only explains this historical format but also includes a few examples. http://centerforbookarts.blogspot.com/2012/05/thursday-terms-broadsides.html

* Submit one of your best poems to torigw@att.net by the 6th of July that you believe would translate well to a broadside.

* Winner will be announced by August 3rd.

* Broadside designed and printed by September 7th.

​Questions?  Contact Tori Grant Welhouse at torigw@att.net

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

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