Monthly Archives: April 2015

Poetry on Monday at Linneman’s

Status update posted by Ed Werstein on Poets Mondays at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn Facebook page:

  • at 8:00pm
    Next Week
  • Linneman’s River West Inn, 1001 E. Locust st.

Featured readers on Monday, May 4th will be Sylvia Cavanaugh and yours truly.
Open mike starts at 8 PM. Bring poems of your own or poetic favorites to read.
Feature at 9 PM or thereabouts.
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‘Whad’Ya Know?’ Milwaukee Poet Susan Firer

What a treat hearing Milwaukee poet Susan Firer read a few of her poems on Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know?”program on WPR this week from Milwaukee. If you missed either the original or re- broadcast, it’s archived here Click on

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Fox Cities Book Festival Underway

The following is from Cathryn Cofell:

Poetry (and other literary) ​events occur throughout the week​. ​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:

Monday, April 20, 6:45 – 8:30 pm

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 mic which follows the featured readers​, with thepoetrybeginning promptly at 7.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm​

MILL LITERARY AWARDS, ​ Appleton Public Library

For the third year in a row, the Mill Literary Prize event will be a highlight of the Fox Cities Book Festival. Prizes will be awarded and writers will be honored for outstanding work in Poetry and Short-Fiction. Please come and support, applaud, and listen to your friends and peers read their prize-worthy work.

Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

KARLA HUSTON, Why Poetry Matters, ​Neenah Public Library

​Thursday, April 23, ​4:30 – 5:30 pm,

CYNTHIA MARIE HOFFMAN Reading, ​Lawrence University, Wriston Art Hoffmaster Gallery

Friday, April 24:

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​

​Saturday, April 25 — all events at the Atlas Coffee Mill in Appleton

​ (NOTE: the road typically taken to the Mill is closed; visit for detour details)​

​10:30 am: JERICHO BROWN READING: Jericho​ won the American Book Award for his first collection Please. About his recently released second collection The New Testament, Rae Armantrout said “You want to keep reading this book even when it hurts. Like that other New Testament, it’s about what love can do. ​

12:00 pm: ​KIMBERLY BLAESER gives her first reading in Appleton as Wisconsin Poet Laureate!

​1:30 pm: Poets Among Us Reading featuring CATHRYN COFELL, BILL GILLARD AND MEGAN GANNON! ​

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In Memory of Ellen Kort

Posted on CWW Facebook by CWW board member Vihos:

“Today, we mourn the passing of a wonderful writer and Wisconsin’s very first poet laureate, Ellen Kort. Her vision, her caring for others, her inspiration; all will be sorely missed.”

Here’s the link included in Lisa’s post:

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Boswell’s Features Children’s Authors During Children’s Book Week

Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee (2559 N. Downer Avenue) is celebrating Children’s Book Week with three days of great local children’s authors and SCBWI members discussing their books:

Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., features a panel of Middle-Grade genre writers that includes Julie Mata, whose Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens   Kate Walden Directs

is being followed by Kate Walden Directs: Slug Man from Mars, which is being published this spring; Sandy Brehl, whose Odin’s Promise    Odin's Promise: A Novel of Norway

came out last fall, and Emily Demuth Ishida, whose Hattie’s War also debuted last fall.

Hattie's War

On Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Young Adult author Sylvia Acevedo, whose God Awful Loser 

  is just out will present.

Saturday, May 9, wat 2 p.m. Picture Book authors Janet Halfmann, whose Animal Teachers

 is the most recent of her many books, Kashmira Sheth, whose most recent book  Sona and the Wedding Game

came out earlier this month, and Jamie Swenson, whose most recent book If You Were a Dog

 was published last September, are on the schedule.


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Wisconsin’s SCBWI Members’ Good News

Here’s recent news from members of the Wisconsin’s chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

Former CWW award winner Jacqueline Houtman’s article, “The Human Microbiome: Your Own Personal Ecosystem” is in FASEB, a publication for general audiences and Congress emphasizing the importance of basic science. She also obtained funding for a tour in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, promote her book Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist, which she co-wrote Walter Naegle and Michael G. Long.

Ann Bausum's next book, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, is for teens and her first published by Viking. Her many earlier books were published by National Geographic. Ann's hosting a lauch party A Room of One's Own in Madison on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m.

Two Wisconsin’s Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators chapter members are receiving CWW awards for their children’s books.

Bridget Birdsall‘s YA novel “Double Exposure” won the Tofte/Wright Award for children’s
literature,. Janet Halfmann‘s picture book, “Animal Teachers,” took honorable mention. The awards banquet, BTW, is May 16 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Anyone may register and attend. Details are at www.wiseriters. org. Click on Banquet under Awards tab.

Ann Angel‘s Things I’ll Never Say, Stories About Our Secret Selves of 15 stories by some amazing authors, came out in March. Ann says she’ll be doing a Secrets workshop for teachers and teens on April 18 at Barnes and Noble, Southland,  in Racine.


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Children’s Author Going to the Dogs

Thanks to the title character in her Middle Grade historical fiction novel, Odin’s Promise, Sandy Brehlhas been invited to be guest author at the Greater Milwaukee Norwegian Elkhound Association’s AKC judging event at the Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club in Ixonia, Wisconsin

On April 18 I’ll take part in a one-of-a-kind event that is open to the public. If you’re a dog-lover and anywhere near Wisconsin, plan to take a spring drive and join us. The Greater Milwaukee Norwegian Elkhound Association is hosting an official AKC Judging event and they invited me to participate!

Not as a judge, of course, since I’ll be the most novice observer there. Instead I have the rare privilege of appearing as a guest author. In fact, copies of ODIN’S PROMISE will be awarded as prizes in the various competitions. Never in a million years could I have imagined an opportunity like this resulting from writing and publishing this book.

Want to know more about it? Maybe even come and meet some gorgeous, intelligent individuals — and the people who love them? CLICK HERE for details, and check them out below:

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