Monthly Archives: December 2014

WFOP Gets New Digs

Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler with Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets sends the following report:

MON, JAN 12, the WFOP Poetry Series moves to its new home at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton.  We invite you to arrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments and sign up for the open reading,with the featured readers beginning promptly at 7, followed by an open reading.  First up:  Thomas J. Erickson and C. Kubasta.  

Thomas J. Erickson grew up in Kohler, Wisconsin.  He received a BA from Beloit College in English Composition and a law degree from Marquette University.  His poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Review, Quiddity International Literary Review, Mad Poet’s Review, The New Poet, and Slant. His chapbook, “The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom” (Parallel Press, 2013) was awarded second place in the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Contest.    He is an attorney in Milwaukee where he is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets.

Kubasta attended Wells College and received an MFA in poetry from The University of Notre Dame.  Her work experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices. A Lovely Box was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including So To Speak, Stand, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, and The Notre Dame Review. Check out her website: She currently teaches English and Gender Studies at Marian University, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She lives with her beloved John, cat Cliff, and dog Ursula.

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Coberly Poem in Wisconsin-Centric Book

Former Council for Wisconsin Writers board member and poet extraordinaire Robin Chapman alerted us to this piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Wisconsin-centric books include history of Pabst Farms, tales of drownings,

and notes that Madison author and writing mentor, “Lenore McComas Coberly has a poem included in The Widow’s Handbook! and a new book of poems out from Fireweed Press, “For I Was Mountainborn.”

Here’s what the Fireweed Press says about Coberly:

“Lenore Coberly, a native of West Virginia, has lived in Wisconsin since the ‘60s and contributed greatly to Wisconsin’s writing life, largely as a teacher of creative writing. She co-authored of two writing texts, taught many years in local senior centers, and was founder of the Elderhostel writing program at Green Lake. She published Belonging, a book of poems, with Fireweed Press, and more recently, the Handywoman Stories and Sarah’s Girls: A Chronicle of Big Ugly Creek, published by Ohio University Press.”

Thanks for letting us know, Robin.


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Mystery Book Launch at Mystery To Me

Peggy Williams and Mary Joy Johnson, who jointly write as M. J. Williams invite all who are interested to the launch their book, On the Road to Where the Bells Toll., on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at 6:30 .p.m. at Mystery to Me book store on Monroe Street in Madison. The writing duo will offer treats, wine and apple cider. They will read from and sign copies of their book.


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Tireless Poetry Advocate Finally Rests

“If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, as Shelley once wrote, then Jeff Poniewaz would have been the spokesman for their local caucus.”

That’s the first sentence of this tribute in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper to Wisconsin poet Jeff Poniewaz, a fierce fighter for the environment and poetry’s place in it.

Poniewaz, who died on Dec. 13, organized an Earth Day Poetry Celebration in 1988, according to this article. That launched the Earth Poets & Musicians group, which performs at annual Earth Day celebrations and raises funds for ecological organizations.

His many other contributions to the world of poetry and to efforts to counter pollution and ecological destruction is included in this tribute.


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CWW Contest Namesake Gets NYT Mention

Council for Wisconsin Writers President Geoff Gilpin notes that Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker, for whom the CWW Norine Niedecker Poetry Award is named, got a mention in an unusual place: the year-end roundup of best classical music recordings in the New York TimesClassical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014 [Dec. 18, 2014]

“There’s a new album (“Chamber Music”) by British composer Harrison Birtwistle that includes settings of Niedecker poems,” Geoff says. “It’s not on Spotify, but here’s a quote from Amazon:

‘Settings of the writings of US Objectivist poet Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), scored for soprano and cello in 1998 and 2000, begin and close the album. As Bayan Northcott writes in the booklet, These concentrated songs demand the utmost of their performers in precision, expression and timing. As in Webern’s settings, the few words and notes on the page can seem to imply whole worlds of thought and feeling.’”

See more about the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award and other CWW’s contests at These contests for 2014 work by Wisconsin writers are open for entries until midnight, Jan. 31, 2015.


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‘Reflections’ Poem is Able Muse Finalist

Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2009-2010) Marilyn Taylor’s poem “Accidental Reflections” has been named a finalist in the 2014 Able Muse-sponsored “Write Prize” poetry and fiction contest. It appeared in the Winter 2014 Able Muse Review and the online version was released for the first time on Dec. 20.

Here is the poem, with an editor’s comment about the accompanying illustrations:

River II:  Accidental Reflections
On the lower sheet, the left-most image was printed upside down. River II 
preserves this accidental reflection.
—Ellsworth Kelly
An accident, was it?  Reflections often are
precisely that: little glints of clarity
in a wash of ruffled chaos—like a star
winking and sputtering unimpressively
behind the curtain of competing light
that we call ambient.   And this is how
you  realized a way to recreate
the chronicles of rivers:  upside down,
purling backward, puckering a skein
of water with your brushes, showing where
a wrinkle on the surface might explain
the rocks below.  But only here and there—
reflecting, in your enigmatic way,
what rivers might or might not have to say.
Read more about Marilyn, who is a Council for Wisconsin Writers board member, on her website at and on the CWW website at

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CWW Contest Namesake Featured

Wisconsin poet and Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Karla Huston sends this notification:

This is an excellent piece about Norbert Blei, a Wisconsin treasure and for whom one of our awards is co-named:

Thanks, Karla!

For information about the contests and deadline — January 31, 2014 — please go to:


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