WFOP’s Poetry Month Events

Information from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell:

APR 6, 7:00 PM, ​

BRUCE DETHLEFSEN AND ​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.  Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011–2012) has a new book out, Small Talk, published by Little Eagle Press (Ralph Murre, editor and illustrator). Small Talk is his third full-length book. ​After his reading, the audience is 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.



NOTE: THIS DATE HAS CHANGED! The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts presents a reading by area students from Lakeland College, Ripon College and Marian University.  The reading begins at 7 p.m. with an open-mic following the featured readers. 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


APR. 15 at  6:30 p.m. CATHRYN COFELL & CHUCK RYBAK, The Kress Family Library, 333 N. Broadway, DePere 

Celebrate 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 .


APR 20, ​LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY STUDENT INVITATIONAL, featured at 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.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at


APR 24 ​Wine & Words Happy Hour, 4-5 pm​ at the Captain’s Walk Winery, 345 S. Adams Street, Green Bay: A unique event for the month of April in historic downtown Green Bay. Sample Captain’s Walk Winery’s New World wines in an Old World setting while enjoying the  spoken word poetry of Nathan J Reid, poet, actor and singer from Madison., Wisconsin.

APR 24, ​Bay Area Spoken Word Event, 7-8 pm ​at Barnes & Noble, 2498 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay: targets​ a younger adult audience looking for self-expression. Featuring Nathan J. Reid performing his spoken word poetry. Nathan will also demo and share his experiences with slam poetry, one of the most vital movements in poetry today. The event is open to whatever level of participation is comfortable for the audience.



This year’s featured poet is the nationally acclaimed​,​ knock-​your​-​socks off JERICHO BROWN!! 

Poetry events occur throughout the week, with Saturday, April 25 declared as POETRY DAY! All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.  Check out the brief schedule below, but be sure to visit for details, ​updates and information on all of the authors:

Tues, Apr 21: 7:00 pm​, Mill Literary Awards, ​Appleton Public Library

Wed, Apr 22: 5:30 pm, ​Karla Huston, Why Poetry Matters, ​Neenah Public Library

Thurs, Apr 23: ​4:30 pm,​ Cynthia Marie Hoffman Reading, ​Lawrence University –Wriston Art Hoffmaster Gallery

​Fri, ​Apr 24, 2015:​

4:30 pm​ Fox Cry Review reading with Sarah Gilbert, ​UW-Fox Valley, Room 1346, Menasha​

5:30 pm​, Jericho Brown craft talk, ​UW-Fox Valley, Room 1346, Menasha​

7:00 pm​ Book Festival​ Fundraiser ($20)​:  Doc Al Mehl, The Cowboy Poet, ​OuterEdge Stage, Appleton​

Sat, Apr 25,​ — all events at the Atlas Coffee Mill in Appleton

​10:30 am: Jericho Brown won the American Book Award for his first collection Please. His recently published second collection The New Testament has been called an “encounter [with] devastating genius.” Will hearing Jericho Brown read poetry change your life?  Undoubtedly.

Noon: ​Kimberly Blaeser makes her first appearance in Appleton as Wisconsin Poet Laureate!

​1:30 pm: Poets Among Us with Cathryn Cofell, Bill Gillard and Megan Gannon! ​

For further information, please contact Cathryn Cofell at



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2 responses to “WFOP’s Poetry Month Events

  1. bbetty

    There is also a poetry event at the Reader’s Loft in Green Bay, April 30. Wendy L. Schmidt and Phil Hansotia will be the readers.

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