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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