Poetry Happenings from WFOP

TUES, OCT 7 at ​ 7 p.m.:  ​The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts will present a reading by poet, Cynthia Marie Hoffman on at THELMA, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI. Cynthia Hoffman is author of two full-length collections of poetry: Sightseer, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, and Paper Doll Fetus, forthcoming in late 2014. She is also author of the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, a Director’s Guest fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The event is free. Refreshments are available.  An open-mic follows the featured reader.  

WED, OCT 8, 7:00 P.M. JUNE NIRSCHL, 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. 

THURS, OCT 9, JAMES P. LENFESTEY, 6:30 pm at THE ​READER’S LOFT: Reading ​f​rom his new book, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain (​Milkweed Editions).  James​ is an award-winning academic, advertising executive, and journalist. He has published five books of poetry and a collection of essays. He currently chairs the Literary Witnesses poetry series and lives in Minneapolis. See more at: http://www.readersloft.com/html/events.php#sthash.crOVC8S3.dpuf

WED, OCT 15, ERIC NELSON AT RIPON COLLEGE, 7:30 PM in the North Reading Room of Lane Library, 300 Seward St, Ripon.  The reading, which is free and open to all, will be followed by a book signing and reception. Nelson’s most recent collection of poems, The Twins, won the 2009 Split Oak Press chapbook competition. Other books include TerrestrialsThe Interpretation of Waking Life;The Light Bringers; and On Call.  Among his awards are the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award, the Arkansas Poetry Award, and fellowships to the Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2005, he was named the Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry by the Georgia Writers’ Association. Nelson’s visit is being sponsored by  the Ripon College Visiting Writers Series, with assistance from the Schang Family Visiting Writer Fund.  For more information, contact David Graham, Department of English, at 748-8722.

Monday, OCTOBER 20, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton:  PAULA ANDERSON AND MARIANN RITZER!!

Mariann Ritzer has published two chapbooks of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction. She taught creative writing seminars and poetry workshops at Waukesha County Technical College for seventeen years until her recent retirement.  Before that, she was a writing program director at UW-Stevens Point where she earned her bachelor and master degrees. With a touch of irony and a bit (bite?) of sarcasm, Ritzer writes about love and other minor inconveniences in life. 

Paula Anderson publishes Echoes, a small press hand-stitched semi-annual poetry journal. Her publishing company Durnford’s Landing has published Idlewild by Ann Arntson, also Aubade and In the First Place by Judy Kolosso. Paula’s own poems have appeared in Icarus International, Centrifugal Eye, River Oak Review, Plainsongs, and others. She writes with the Stone Kettle Poets and wanders the moraines in Wales, WI. 

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.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.


Nov 17           Joan and Jeffrey Johannes
Dec 1              2015 WFOP Calendar reading with editors Steve and Jeannie Tomasko 

 TUES, OCT 28, DOUG FLAHERTY at the Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm.Flaherty’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Harvard Review, North American Review,and scores of other journals. He has published four full-length books and half a dozen chapbooks. Work has appeared in eleven anthologies including From The Belly Of The Shark from Random House. Flaherty has been in residence at art colonies including Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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!  For more information, contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.



FINAL Call for 2015–2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate!

Applications are welcome from individual poets or on behalf of individual poets for the position of Wisconsin’s next 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.

December 15 deadline for the 2016 Wisconsin Poets Calendar!  Visit wfop.org for more information.

Please visit the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org.


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