Lots of WFOP News

MAY 18, 6:45 – 8:30, GEORGIA RESSMEYER & MARILYN WINDAU at the WFOP Poetry Series atCopper 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 pses@sbcglobal.net.


June 15: Emilie Lindemann and James A. Gollata

July 20 Bruce Dethlefsen and Karla Huston

Aug 17 Meredith Mason and Adam Fell


Please join us Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm at the Oshkosh Caramel Crisp and Cafe to hear Bobbie Lovell read.  An open mic will follow where participants may read a poem of their own or one that they love.

Bobbie Lovell has a visual art and graphic design background, but she’s hopelessly smitten with words. Her professional experience includes over five years in the magazine publishing industry and numerous freelance jobs. She currently works in a corporate marketing department, where she applies her design, production and writing skills to materials ranging from philanthropic ads to billboards. Bobbie was a Mill Awards honoree in 2014, and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in several journals. She lives near Green Bay with her two favorite young people and a pile of paper that is slowly becoming a manuscript.

We are now meeting in a room directly beyond the cafe portion of the building. Pick up your edibles, walk straight on back. It is not as far as the original game room. The section is just as cozy and we hope we will be able to hear our speakers just as well.


So please come early and treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the reading which begins promptly at 6:15.  This will allow us time for a few minutes of visiting before Caramel Crisp closes at 7:30.


For further information you may contact Kay Sanders atrksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

FYI: Oshkosh Readers line-up for the rest of 2015:


June 23 – Marilyn Windau

July 28 – Georgia Ressmeyer

August 25 – Joe Pressendo

September 22 – Karla Huston

October 27 – Jo Balisteri

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading



 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 www.middlewesterner.com. For more on the workshop, contact Karla Huston at info@karlahuston.com or Steve Polansky at sm.polansky@hotmail.com


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