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Here’s a blog some Wisconsin writers might find interesting — and possibly a source of inspiration:
It’s maintained by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and focuses on all things waters of Wisconsin.
From Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters’ Jason A. Smith
With the death this week of Dorothy Tofte, the Council for Wisconsin Writers lost a long-time advocate and supporter. Dorothy, 98, was the wife of prolific science fiction and fantasy writer Arthur R. Tofte. Although Dorothy’s impressive career in nursing spanned many decades, according to the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, which posted this notice, both she and Arthur, who died in 1980, were devoted members of CWW. The CWW Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award was named in honor of the Toftes and Dorothy’s friend, children’s author Betty Ren Wright.
Following are CWW member tributes to Dorothy:
CWW President Geoff Gilpin
President, Council for Wisconsin Writer
Posted on Dorothy’s online memorial page
The Becker Ritter Funeral Home notice includes the following information about services:
Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 24, at 11:30 a.m., with lunch following. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award or a charity of your choice.
Here’s not-so-happy news from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell:
“We’ve recently been informed that Goodwill will be closing Harmony Cafe in Appleton (and Green Bay) by the end of this year. More on the story below if interested:
We are working to find a new venue for our reading series but while looking, will use this as an opportunity to survey all of you about your preferences for the future. Please watch for that survey and take the time to respond. Thank you for your patience and support as we make this shift.
Meanwhile, two readings remain before the close of the cafe. Please join us tomorrow to hear Jeffrey & Joan Johannes and read one or two of your own. We’ve decided to expand the December reading to include a celebration of our many years at Harmony, so hope you can all come out to hear poems read from the WFOP Calendar and share a poem you’ve previously read at Harmony.
Dates & details below.
Cathryn Cofell & Sarah Gilbert
Monday, NOVEMBER 17, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton:
JOAN & JEFFREY JOHANNES — Joan Wiese Johannes’s fourth chapbook, He Thought the Periodic Table Was a Portrait of God, was published last fall by Finishing Line press and includes the 2011 regional winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest and award winners in contests sponsored by Peninsula Pulse and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her previously published chapbook, Sensible Shoes, was the 2009 winner of the John and Miriam Morris Chapbook contest sponsored by the AL Poetry Society. Joan agrees with the stage manager in Our Town who said that only poets and saints truly appreciate life while living it.
In 2013 Jeffrey Johannes’s first chapbook, Ritual for Beginning Again, was published, he received a Pushcart nomination, and was an award winner in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Triad contest. He also won the 2012 Hal Grutzmacher Poetry Award sponsored by Peninsula Pulse, and his poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies. Jeffrey is also an artist and cartoonist, making what he calls “pometoons”, which are cartoon versions of his poems.
Featured reader(s) at 6:30 pm, brief open mic after.
ON DECK AT HARMONY:
Monday, Dec 1, 6:30 pm, 2015 WFOP Calendar reading with editors Steve and Jeannie Tomasko – bring a poem from the calendar, yours or one you love AND Farewell to Harmony Cafe Reading Series – bring a poem you’ve heard or shared and help us bid Harmony adieu.
Here’s the link to Wisconsin poet and past Wisconsin poet laureate Marilyn Taylor’s poem on “Your Daily Poem”.
How true, how true, Marilyn! Here’s a link to more information about Marilyn, who is a member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers board of directors: