Monthly Archives: September 2014

WI Academy of SA&L Contests Are Open

Reminder about Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Fiction and Poetry contests. Here’s the link for info:

http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/contest-payment

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Calling All Would-Be WI Poet Laureates

Are you a Wisconsin poet with a desire to be
the state ambassador for poetry?
The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, in partnership with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, is seeking applications for the new 2015–2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate.
Beginning August 18, 2014, applications are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Applications may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Wisconsin Poet Laureate. A complete application package must be sent to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission at wipoetlaureate@gmail.com no later than October 10, 2014. Application instructions and additional information are available at www.wisconsinacademy.org/newpl.
The Wisconsin Poet Laureate is the state’s leading poetic voice and an ambassador for poetry, encouraging the reading and writing of poetry across the state. The Poet Laureate engages a variety of Wisconsin constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through conversation, readings, public appearances, workshops and digital and social media.
The Poet Laureate’s term of service is two years. The next term begins on January 1, 2015 and ends on December 31, 2016. The Poet Laureate is awarded a $2,000 stipend per year, which honors the poet’s achievements and helps to defray travel expenses not reimbursed by individual organizations where the Poet Laureate is a guest. The current Wisconsin Poet Laureate is Max Garland.
The Poet Laureate is expected to contribute to the growth of poetry throughout the state; plan and/or attend statewide literary events and educational programs, including a special project to be supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board; visit each region of the state at least once during the two-year term; promote poetry and the Poet Laureate position via electronic social media; participate in selecting the succeeding Poet Laureate and guide the transition into the role.

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Teaching Writers to Recognize Self-Imposed Boundaries

Here’s info from poet, writer and performance artist Jennifer Morales about a workshop Wisconsin writers — and those from elsewhere who can make it — might be interested in:

Unsticking the Stuck: Going Farther in Your Writing Through Awareness of Self-Imposed Boundaries
Sat. 18 Oct. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 19 Oct. 12 noon-4 p.m.

at the Driftless Writing Center, Viroqua, Wisconsin
$95 ($85 with pre-registration. Email driftlesswritingcenter@gmail.com)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
All writers get stuck. Self-awareness can help.

When we know what we are here to say, what we say better than most people, who is driving our writing, and what boundaries we place on our own work, we can break through the stuck places that keep us from moving forward.

During this intensive we will engage in fun and revealing individual and group writing exercises that will help you hear yourself as a writer and discover self-imposed limits you place on your writing that might be holding you back. Come prepared to dig deep and get moving.

WORKSHOP LEADER BIO
Jennifer Morales is a poet, fiction writer, and performance artist whose work focuses on questions of identity, complicity, and harm. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2011. Meet Me Halfway, her collection of short stories about race relations in segregated Milwaukee, will be published by University of Wisconsin Press in spring 2015. Students at Jennifer’s most recent workshop called her a “born teacher” and said the session was “fascinating” and “opened my eyes to a new way into my characters!”

More information about multifaceted Morales, who serves as Council for Wisconsin Writers Development Chair, is at http://www.wiswriters.org/contacts.htm

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Wisconsin Homestead Chronicler’s Voice is Stilled

Those who knew Wisconsin writer Ben Logan and his work will be interested in and saddened by this loss:

Writer Ben Logan gave voice to Wisconsin’s land and beauty

Logan, author of the much acclaimed The Land Remembers, about land his family farmed in Southwest Wisconsin, was first published in 1975.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran this tribute to Logan, who died on Friday at age 94.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/logans-nostalgic-the-land-remembersstill-resonates-39-years-later-b99356498z1-276193001.html

 

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WFOP Calendar Submission Guidelines

The following is from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

 Attached are the 2016 Wisconsin Poets Calendar Submission Guidelines

​ – December 15 deadline (or visit wfop.org for more information).

Call for 2015–2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate!

Beginning August 18, 2014, applications are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Applications may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Wisconsin Poet Laureate. A complete application package must be sent to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission at wipoetlaureate@gmail.com no later than October 10, 2014. Application instructions and additional information are available at www.wisconsinacademy.org/newpl.

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Niedecker Poetry Festival Set for Oct. 10-11

This great festival hosted for the sixth year by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, a noted and much lauded Wisconsin poet born near Fort Atkinson in 1903, will be held Oct. 10 and 11 at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson. Details are at http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_a6dabae6-3cdd-11e4-960e-0017a43b2370.html.

For information about CWW’s Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, one of eight CWW annual contests, go here:   http://www.wiswriters.org/2013%20Niedecker%20Entry%20Form.pdf.

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WI Poet Blogs on “Best American Poetry”

Wisconsin poet, museum educator, college alumni director and grant writer Lisa Vihos is guest blogger this week at The Best American Poetry.

You can read her posts at http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/guest_bloggers/

More information about Lisa, who is a CWW board member, is at http://www.wiswriters.org/vihos.htm. Please visit and read all about Lisa and CWW.

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