Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wisconsin Author Writes About Her “Guardian Angel”

Wisconsin writer, Redbird Studio founder, Shut Up & Write author Judy Bridges’ story “Guardian Angel” appears in Milwaukee Magazine. A wonderful, heart-warming read. Congratulations, Judy!  Here’s the link:

More information about Judy is on the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at

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Listen to “Shut Up & Write!”

This might not be breaking news, but I just learned about it. Redbird Studio founder and CWW board member Judy Bridges’ award-winning book Shut Up & Write is available as an audio book, read by the author, herself. Here’s the link where it, as well as the electronic and hard copy versions, can be purchased, and where you can read reviews. Congratulations, Judy!

More information about Judy, CWW and the other board members is at

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Wisconsin Poet’s Ode Posted on Keillor’s ‘Writer’s Almanac’

Kudos to CWW member, past board member and award-winning poet Robin Chapman for the posting of her poem “Enough” on Garrison Keillor’s — of NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” fame — “The Writer’s Almanac” website. Here’s the link:

Way to go, Robin!


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Good News from Wisconsin Children’s Writers

Ann Bausum‘s two companion releases about Stubby, the World War I hero dog — one book, Sgt. Stubby, for adults, the other, Stubby the War Dog, for young readers, both published by National Geographic — are getting lots of ink. Here’s Ann’s latest report:

“My pal Stubby keeps landing press coverage and seems off to a good start, both on the children’s side and for adults. Recent stories, mentions, and reviews have appeared in American History magazine, the Hartford Courant (CT), the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Times, and on a blog called Literary Dogs. Check out my Facebook page for details:

This from Janet Halfmann: “…my new book, Animal Teachers, to be released in August by Blue Apple Book,s has received a great review from Kirkus Reviews: ‘Nicely connecting the child to the natural world, this would be a useful opener for a unit about animals as well as a title to share with young animal lovers.’ ANIMAL TEACHERS by Janet Halfmann, Katy Hudson”

Lisa Albert says, “My Enslow biography, STEPHENIE MEYER: AUTHOR OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA, was released as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The narrator is the reader of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Jodi Picolt’s books. Recorded Books approached Enslow a couple of years ago, and I was informed of that, but didn’t know it was actually made and released until I was updating promo material and came across it!”

Dori Chaconas‘s Cork and Fuzz continue their adventures in A CORK AND FUZZ CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK.Here’s her announcement:

“I’m pleased to announce that Viking has asked for a Cork and Fuzz picture book to help celebrate Cork and Fuzz’s tenth EZ reader and both will be out next year. The picture book is a Christmas story, and after much work, three rejected attempts, (and anguish on my part – as my critique group can tell you) they made an offer on the fourth story.”


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WFOP July News

Below is the text of an email from Cathryn Cofell with Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

Monday, JULY 21, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton ​ – TOM JONES and CRISTINA NORCROSS

Poet, translator, educator, and international human rights lawyer, Tom Jones is an honors graduate of Harvard University, Columbia University School of Law, and George Mason University (M.F.A.).  He has published nine collections of poems, most recently Nearing Palenque / Reflections on Native America(FootHills Publishing 2012).  More than one hundred of his poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, the New Republic, and The Yale Review.  Since 1998, he has been teaching language arts at Tuba City High School on the Navajo Reservation.  Honored at Columbia University School of Law in 2007 as a co-founder of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Mr. Jones worked for many years as an international human rights lawyer, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and as Washington Representative of Amnesty International U.S.A. from 1972 to 1979 and as a lawyer-delegate on six A. I. human rights investigative missions.  Sample Poem:



Whatever is not stone is light.

–Octavio Paz


All night the cry of the rain forest


with lost Mayan names


untapped blue

phosphorescences:  we’ve crossed

into the moon zone


the ruined garden

of once-conscious stone:  no prisoners

were taken here


and none will be taken—the zero’s

revelation—the noon-lave



the prophecy

pent in the molten



below:  vowed to the maze

of the stars

they chose


and were chosen

to turn into light—to worship

the earth



Cristina M. R. Norcross is the author of Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007), The Red Drum (2008, 2013), Unsung Love Songs(2010) and The Lava Storyteller (2013).  Her works appear in North American and international journals, such as The Toronto Quarterly, Red Cedar, Your Daily Poem and The Nervous Breakdown.  Featured in the BVAG show, ARTiculate (2011, 2012), Cristina’s work also appears in the anthologies, Contemporary Women’s Literature (2007), Verse & Vision (2011, 2012) and Sounds of Solace (2013).  She was the co-editor for the project One Vision: A Fusion of Art & Poetry in Lake Country (2009-11) and is currently one of the co-organizers of Random Acts of Poetry & Art Day.  Cristina is a contributing member for the Art Ambush Project.  Cristina is also the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review.  Find out more about this author at:



The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café,233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of most months. Featured reader(s) at 6:30 pm, brief open mic after.




Aug 18           Kay Sanders and Margaret Rozga
Sep15            Kathryn Gahl and Wendy Schmidt
Oct 20            Paula Anderson and Mariann Ritzer





WED, JULY 9 WISCONSIN POET LAUREATE MAX GARLAND, 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 or call 920.854.7559.


TUES, JULY 22, ED WERSTEIN at Caramel Crisp and Café, 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.  Ed Werstein spent 22 years in manufacturing before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. He sympathizes with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change and a few other publications. His first chapbook, Who Are We Then?, was published in 2013 by Partisan Press.   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 at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.


THURS, JULY 31 6-8 PM, ANNETTE GRUNSETH & TORI GRANT WELHOUSE at the READER’S LOFT IN GREEN BAY:  ​2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.   Welcome All! Open to the Public. Open Mic will follow the featured readings.  Wine, water, coffee, light finger food available.  Call920-406-0200 for more information.










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:




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.


* Submit one of your best poems to 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

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for

Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP)



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Salsini’s 5th Historical Fiction Novel Is Here

Fantastic and exciting news about Wisconsin author and former Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Paul Salsini. Here’s the news release:

CWW award winner and former board member Paul Salsini has published 
the fifth in his ongoing historical fiction series set in Tuscany. He 
will read from "A Piazza for Sant'Antonio: Five Novellas of 1980s 
Tuscany" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Boswell Books, 2559 N. 
Downer, Milwaukee.

Salsini won first place in the 2006 Anne Powers (now Edna Ferber) 
Fiction Book award competition for the first book in the series, "The 
Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany" and honorable mention in 2012 in 
the same competition for the fourth book, "The Temptation of Father 
Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany."

For more information about CWW award winners, please visit


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