WFOP Poetry News for March

Here is Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Cathryn Cofell’s email about March poetry events in Wisconsin:
MEGAN GANNON, TUES, MAR 3 at  7 p.m.:  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts presents a reading by poet Megan Gannon.  Megan teaches at Ripon College.  She has published  a poetry chapbook, The Witch’s Index and a novel, Cumberland. Her full-length poetry collection, White Nightgown has recently been published. The reading begins at 7 p.m. with an open-mic following the featured reader. The event is free and refreshments are available. THELMA, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI.  For more information call 920-921-5410 or email  
HENRY TIMM, WED, MARCH 11 featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES at 7:00 P.M.: 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.
RICHARD SWANSON & TIMOTHY WALSH, MON, MAR 16, featured readers for the WFOP Poetry Series at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton. Plan to arrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments and sign up for the open reading, with the reading beginning promptly at 7. 
Timothy Walsh’s most recent poetry collection is When the World Was Rear-Wheel Drive: New Jersey Poems. His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, and the Wisconsin Academy Fiction Prize. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and two other poetry collections, Wild Apples (Parallel Press) and Blue Lace Colander (Marsh River Editions). Find more at:
Richard Swanson, a retired teacher and resident of Madison, has published two books of poetry, both through Fireweed Press: Not Quite Eden (2010), and Men in the Nude in Socks (2006), winner of the 2007 Posner Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, for the best full-length volume of poetry.
For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at
Apr 20: Lawrence University Students
May 18: Georgia Ressmeyer and Marilyn Windau
June 15: Emilie Lindemann and James A. Gollata
IMAGES: ART INSPIRED BY POETRY, FRI, MARCH 20: Riverwalk Art Center, 33 W. 2nd St. Fond du Lac, will display artwork inspired by poetry from several area artists:  Mary Wehner, Lora Valhsing, Nina Schmidt, Edsel LaBillois, Sharon Garrison, Susan Fiebig, and Rich Nurenberg.
 The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective will present a short, additional reading as well as artists will read poems that inspired their pieces. The event will be 5:00-8:00, with poetry readings beginning at 7:00. Appetizers will be provided.
READ YOUR FAVORITE POEM: TUES, MAR 24, at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm: In the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Pick up your edibles, walk on back til you see us. The section is cozy and much quieter! So come early to treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the 6:15 reading.  We are celebrating and rewarding our fantastic audience members who have helped our Oshkosh Poetry events grow by leaps and bounds. Now it is their turn at the open mic to read a poem or two that they love:  either their own or ones by their favorite poets, etc.  I expect we will be delighted by the variety of the poems presented.  For more info, contact
BOBBIE LOVELL & F.J. BERGMAN, THURS, MAR 26 at Reader’s Loft in Green Bay, 6-8 pm:  Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay. For more info: or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 |  
APR 6, 7:00 P.M., OPEN MIC AT HALF PRICE BOOKS, APPLETON: In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Half Price Books in Appleton will have it’s first ever poetry reading.  Readers are welcome to share original work or to read a favorite poem by an admired author.  All poetry books at the store will be 20% off from 6:00-10:00 that night!  Also, all open mic readers’ names will go into a drawing for a gift card at the end of the reading.  Always free coffee in the store.  
 CATHRYN COFELL & CHUCK RYBAK, WED, APR. 15 at  6:30 p.m. The Kress Family Library, 333 N. Broadway, DePere  celebrates National Poetry Month with a reading and audience Q&A.  Cathryn is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks.  Chuck is a UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of English and the author of war </war> and Tongue and Groove, both published by Main Street Rag. For more information call 920-448-4407.
THE FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS: APRIL 20-26, 2015!  Watch future emails for a list of all the great poetry events, or check out for updates and information on all of the authors!
WED, MAR 4, 6-8 P.M. CREATIVE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, Kress Family Branch Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere.  A monthly group gathering of adult writers seeking networking and support.  Bring poems or short prose to read along with copies for critique. 
The 2015 Mill Prize for Poetry Submission Guidelines:
– Poets must be 18 or older, reside, work, or attend school in the Fox Cities and its environs (within a 25 mile radius of Appleton) and/or have participated in Mill Classes past or present.
– Poets may submit up to TWO poems. Only one submission per writer. No individual poem may be longer than ONE page, single-spaced, one-inch margins in a common font like Times New Roman. The font may be no smaller than 12-point.
– Submissions will be accepted no earlier than March 1 and no later than March 22, 2015.
– Work will be judged blind. The poet’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the poems. Poems must be accompanied by a separate cover letter bearing the poem titles, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.
– One winner will receive a three-year membership to The Mill: A Place for Writers and a $75 gift certificate to Thomas Lyons Fine Books, Neenah, WI.
– Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on April 21, 7 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library.
Contact Karla Huston at if you have questions.
Check out for additional information on the poetry contest and details about the SHORT FICTION CONTEST

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