Want Poetry? WFOP Delivers

News from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

APR 15 at  6:30 p.m. CATHRYN COFELL & CHUCK RYBAKThe 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 14, ​7 pm, STUDENT INVITATIONAL:  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts presents a reading by area university students.  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 marywehner@charter.net.


​APR 20, 6:45 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 reading, with the reading beginning promptly at 7.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at  pses@sbcglobal.net.


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. www.nathanj.reid.com
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.


APR 26, 10​:00 am​​, ​UUFDC celebrates National Poetry Month at its service. Twelve Door County poets will read new poems they’ve written on the topic “Voices From The Earth.” All are welcome.


APR 28,  ESTELLA LAUTER 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.  Estella Lauter is Professor Emerita at UW-Oshkosh. Her first chapbook, Pressing a Life Together By Hand (2007), appeared in the New Women’s Voices series from Finishing Line Press, and was nominated for two Pushcart prizes.  For more info, contact mandiisaacson@gmail.com


APR 30, 6-8 PM, PHIL HANSOTIA & WENDY SCHMIDT, Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  Phil Hansotia is a retired physician who moved to Ellison Bay in Door County from Marshfield, Wisconsin, in 2004. He is a member of the Wallace Poetry Group and an active member of the WFOP and has published widely. Wendy L. Schmidt has been published in Daily Flash, Haunted Object, No Rest for the Wicked, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Literati, City Lake Poets, Brawler, Rebelle Society, Autumn Magic and many more. She has two blogs filled with poetry and fun photos entitled, She’s Got A Short Fuse and Bumpy Night Publications. She is also last year’s winner of the Reedsburg Farm/Art Passwords Contest.  For more info:  torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.



​This year’s featured poet is the nationally acclaimed 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 http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ 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! ​


May 2, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, 5th Annual “Language of Nature” Poetry Reading and Discussion, Maywood Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, WI 53083. Free Program.  $1 donation for printed materials appreciated. Led by Maryann Hurtt, Georgia Ressmeyer, and Marilyn Zelke-Windau. We’ll read from our own poetry and encourage you to bring 1-2 nature poems of your own, or favorites by others, to read and discuss. Pre-registration preferred (call Maywood at 920-459-3906 for registration and directions).  After the program, tours of the park will be offered, weather permitting.


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