WFOP Events/Deadlines

Here are some poetry events and deadlines for the remainder of May, announced by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

MAY 12, TWO SPECIAL EVENTS WITH WISCONSIN POET LAUREATE KIMBERLY BLAESER!  As part of a collaboration between the Fond du Lac Public Library, Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, and Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA):

6:00 p.m., Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street: Blaeser will speak about the role of poetry in public life as well as the importance of the Poet Laureate position for our state.

7:00 p.m., Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA), 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, Blaeser will give a reading off her work.

Blaeser is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, Apprenticed to Justice, and Trailing You. Drawing on literal observation and the power of metaphor, Blaeser’s poems create complex harmonies between the vibrant natural world and the resonant human imagination. She is also a professor of English and creative writing at the UW-Milwaukee. She is active in service to literature, the arts, and social justice. She serves on the editorial board for the American Indian Lives series of the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Native American Series of Michigan State University Press. She has served on the Poetry Fellowship Panel for the National Endowment of the Arts, and has been a member of the Native American Alumni Board for the University of Notre Dame.

Both events are free with a cash bar available at THELMA.


MAY 13, 7:00 pm, ROBIN CHAPMAN featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim. 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. For more information visit or call 920.854.7559.


MAY 18, 6:45 – 8:30, GEORGIA RESSMEYER & MARILYN WINDAU 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. 

Georgia has lived happily in Wisconsin since 1974, first as an attorney and now as a poet. She taught English at a women’s junior college in Tokyo, served as a staff attorney with legal services programs, worked as an organizer and legal consultant for a coalition of feminist groups, and for 18 years was a staff and managing attorney with the Milwaukee Mental Health Division of the public defender’s office. Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, she has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press), which received the WFOP Chapbook Prize. Her full-length poetry collection, Waiting to Sail, was published by Black River Press in 2014.

Marilyn uses her maiden name when she writes to give credit to her father, who was also a writer. He recited Longfellow to her and to her siblings when they were children. Their mother, who took them weekly to the Chicago Public Library, gave Marilyn a treasure of words. She learned to read in the bathtub, started writing poetry when she was 13 years. Her career was as an art gallery director at the Appleton Gallery of Arts, then as an elementary art teacher for many years. Ellen Kort encouraged her to let her poems escape the drawer. Windau has published a chapbook, Adventures in Paradise (Finishing Line Press) and a full length self-illustrated manuscript, Momentary Ordinary (Pebblebrook Press) in 2014.

For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at


June 15: Emilie Lindemann and James A. Gollata

July 20 Bruce Dethlefsen and Karla Huston

Aug 17 Meredith Mason and Adam Fell


May 30, 1-4 pm, TOM MONTAG & THE VERY SHORT POEM, a writer’s workshop presented by The Mill: A Place for Writers.  The workshop will consist of presentation of short poem forms (for this class, poems with a maximum of 30-35 syllables), examination of short poems by published authors, time for participants to write and discuss their work.

 Location: Monte Alverno Retreat Center, 1000 N. Ballard Rd., Appleton, WI. Class size limited to 12.

Cost: $55 (nonrefundable deposit of $25 due by May 25. Send check for $25 to The Mill, P. O. Box 861, Appleton, WI, 54912.

Bring: Your own writing utensils and paper.

For more information on Tom, visit For more on the workshop, contact Karla Huston or Steve Polansky at



 Wine & Words Poetry Contest: Robert Louis Stevenson famously said: “Wine is bottled poetry.” Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Captain’s Walk Winery are partnering in a

one-of-a-kind poetry contest. A winning poem will be featured on 1,000 Captain’s
Walk wine hangtags to be included wherever the wine is sold. The finalist will
also receive a case of Captain’s Walk wine valued at $150.

How to enter:
— Submit a poem of 100 words or less about wine by May 15 to

— Captain’s Walk Winery will pick the winning poem
— Other entries may be featured in Captain’s Walk newsletters and/or other publications.
— All poems should celebrate wine and/or wine gatherings. (Please do not mention any competing wine brand names, but wine types are okay. Merlot works. Robert Mondavi does not.)


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