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The Picture-Book Meister Wins Again

Janet Halfmann, one of Wisconsin’s most prolific picture-book authors–if not the most–has won yet another award. Her book Animal Teachers had already won a Gold Best Book Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, but now it has also received a PLATINUM Best Book Award in the Preschool and Early School Years categories.

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Here’s what the organization’s write-up said:

Animal Teachers
(By Janet Halfmann/ illus Katy Hudsom, Blue Apple $17.99 Score:)How do animals learn? They don’t go to school or have books. In a charming and informative book, they learn from their teachers, their mothers, fathers and sometimes the herd they live with in the great outdoor classroom of the world. Each new idea is followed with interactive questions that give children a chance to make the connections between their world and how they learn.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

Janet’s books have also won a Council for Wisconsin Writers Tofte-Wright Children’s Literature award and honorable mention.

For more information about CWW, its annual contests and awards, please go to http://www.wiswriters.org/index.htm.

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More Exposure For Bridget Birdsall’s “Double Exposure”

CWW’s winner of the 2014 Tofte Wright Children’s Literature Award, Bridget Birdsall for her book Double Exposure, has received a “Goldie” from the Golden Crown Literary Society.

      Congratulations to Bridget!

The Goldie Awards were presented this weekend at the 2015 GCLS conference in New Orleans. Bridget is one of three authors to win a Goldie in the Young Adult category.

Learn more about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its contests at www.wiswriters.org.

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Children’s Book Group Seeks Diversity

The Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is marking the one-year anniversary of the creation of its Diversity Committee with the first formal program devoted to diversity. A Diversity Intensive will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, prior to WISCBWI’s annual Fall Conference that weekend at the Olympia Center in Oconomowoc.

“Seven Essentials of Writing and Illustrating for a Diverse Audience” presented by Tu Books Editor Stacy Whitman is the introductory 9-10 a.m. session. That session is mandatory for everyone wanting to attend one of two breakout sessions. Illustrator/author Dan Santat will address “Art School In Two Hours” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Usually the best way to improve as an artist is to be smarter with design,” says Santat, whose Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend won this year’s Caldecott Medal and who has a long list of awards for the many books he has written and/or illustrated. He calls this session “A crash course into color theory, symbology, composition, creating art with a narrative, typography, and marketing.”

During approximately the same time slot (10:30 a.m.-noon) author Eleanora Tate will present “Tate’s Great Black, White, Brown, Red and Wheelchair-bound Yellow Brick Road to Reading and Writing” from 10:30 a.m.-noon. “In recent years, numerous literary, educational and scholarly groups and organizations have developed “Best” lists of what they deem to be outstanding children’s, young adults’ and diverse books. Unfortunately, these lists don’t seem to please everyone, including me, when my books are not on them. In this workshop, I’ll discuss my own Tate’s Greats list of “Best” books and my criteria for why they made MY list. I’ll also offer Tate’s Great Eight Tips for writing appealing children’s books.

Says Committee Co-Chair Pat Schmatz, author of Lizard RadioBluefishMousetrapsCircle of Truth and Mrs. Estronsky and the U.F.O. about the program:  “Who’s it for? Humans who want to write and/or illustrate for younger humans.”

Committee Member Jamie A. Swenson, author of Boom! Boom! Boom!If You Were A Dog and Big Rig says: “You may be sitting there wondering if diversity affects you and your writing/illustrating. I believe it does – and if you’re feeling unsure of how to approach the topic – please consider attending this intensive. Our faculty is stellar; our community is strong. Why shouldn’t WI help lead the way to more diverse stories? We have certainly been leaders in many other areas, why not this one too?”

The cost varies from $20 for SCBWI members attending the conference to attend session one only, to $115 for non-SCBWI members to attend both sessions, but not attend the weekend conference.

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For more information about the session or how to register, please contact Pat Schmatz at schmatz5@gmail.com.

For information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers, please visit the CWW website at www.wiswriters.com.

 

 

 

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Whole Lot of Poetry Going On

Here are WROP summer doing, courtesy of Cathryn Cofell:

MONDAY, JULY 20, 6:45 – 8:30, BRUCE DETHLEFSEN & KARLA HUSTON at the Poetry Rocks! reading series at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton. FYI: PARKING IS NOW FREE AFTER 6:00 PM!  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 

Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published, Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011), and Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014).  Bruce lives in Westfield, WI.

Born and raised in the La Crosse area, Karla Huston has called Appleton home for 28 years. She is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Outside of a Dog, (dancing girl press, 2013). Her book, Flight Patterns, won the Main Street Rag chapbook contest in 2003. Her collection A Theory of Lipstick, (Main Street Rag) was released in 2013 and won a Wisconsin Library Association outstanding poetry book award.  Huston teaches poetry writing at The Mill: a Place for Writers in Appleton.    www.karlahuston.com

​ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Aug 17  Meredith Mason and Adam Fell

Sep 21  Sylvia Cavanaugh and Ed Werstein

Oct 19 Sara Parrell and Sarah Gilbert

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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JULY 23, 6-8 PM ​

Poetry of individuality featuring… CHING-IN CHEN, SOHAM PATEL & ROBERT NORDSTROM ,  at  The Readers Loft  | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44,  Green Bay .

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief, senior editor of The Conversant, and serve on the board of Woodland Pattern.www.chinginchen.com

Soham Patel’s recent work is up at Banango Street, They Will Sew The Blue Sail, CURA Magazine, and Twelfth House. Her chapbook and nevermind the storm is available from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She is a Kundiman fellow and currently lives in Milwaukee where she is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin and a poetry editor at cream city review.

Robert Nordstrom was raised in Toledo, Ohio, After obtaining an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he worked as an editor/writer for various publications for the next 30 years.

His work has been published in numerous publications, including Upstreet, Main Street Rag, The Comstock Review, Naugatuck River Review and others. His book The Sacred Monotony of Breath was published by Prolific Press in 2015.

Open mic will follow the featured poets. Lovely bookseller environment. Refreshments will also be served. Read more at:  http://www.houseofthetomato.com/poetry-events/

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, GEORGIA RESSMEYER at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at6:15pm, followed by an open mic.  A New York native, Georgia has lived happily in Wisconsin since 1974.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 a prize from the WFOP.  Her full-length poetry collection, Waiting to Sail, was published by Black River Press in 2014.

The reading is located in the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. 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 at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson atmandiisaacson@gmail.com.

Oshkosh Reader line-up for the rest of 2015:

August 25 – Joe Pressendo

September 22 – Karla Huston

October 27 – Jo Balisteri

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading

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OPEN NOW! FOLDED LIGHT, FOLDED WORDS: ORIGAMI PHOTOGRAPHY AND POETRY

Photographs by John Beaver; Text and Models by  Elizabeth Breese and Meredith Mason 

Aylward Gallery , 1478 Midway Rd., Menasha. Check out this link for more information:  http://www.johnebphotography.com/folded-light-folded-words/

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WEDNESDAY, ​AUG 5, 6-8 PM,  ​JESS RILEY,  author of Driving Sideways and Mandatory Release, will be a featured guest of the Creative Writers’ Workshop at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway).  As part of the library’s Local Author Showcase, Jess will share her perspective on fiction and humor writing.  All readers and aspiring writers are welcome!

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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DISCOVERING COMPOSITION

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 12:30-3:30pm
School Age (7-11)
Instructor: Joanna Dane

Trout Museum Member Price: $125.00

Non-Member Price: $140.00

Look deeply at art and notice your reactions while discovering how to talk about art in terms of balance, movement, surprise, mood, texture, communication. We will write reactions to art work using a variety of forms. We will explore how we organize colors, shapes, lines, and words to create meaningful compositions. Register at http://store.troutmuseum.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SA-SP15-DC.

WRITING THROUGH TIME: FROM FREE WRITING TO TWEETING

Monday, Aug. 3 – Friday, Aug. 7, 12:30-3:30pm School Age (12-16)
Instructor: Joanna Dane

Trout Museum Member Price: $125.00

Non-Member Price: $140.00

Put on a modern spin on the ancient art of “ekphrasis” – writing poetry inspired by visual art. We will open our minds and focus on deriving inspiration from all art. We will practice observing the emotions that arise while viewing art and practice channeling this energy into our own written creations. Register at http://store.troutmuseum.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SA-SP15-WTT.

 

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Poetry Doings from WFOP

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 3:47 PM, Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler <ccofell@gmail.com> wrote:

If you have an event that you’d like me to feature, I’m happy to include it; please email to me, following the format of the listings below. Hope to see you in July at one of these great opportunities! 

OPEN NOW! FOLDED LIGHT, FOLDED WORDS: ORIGAMI PHOTOGRAPHY AND POETRY

Photographs by John Beaver; Text and Models by Elizabeth Breese and Meredith Mason 

Aylward Gallery , 1478 Midway Rd., Menasha. Check out this link for more information:   http://www.johnebphotography.com/folded-light-folded-words/

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 7:00 pm, BARBARA LARSEN, DOOR COUNTY POET LAUREATE (2011-2013) 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 www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 6:45 – 8:30, BRUCE DETHLEFSEN & KARLA HUSTON at the Poetry Rocks! reading series atCopper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton. FYI: PARKING IS NOW FREE AFTER 6:00 PM!  Plan toarrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments and sign up for the open reading, with the reading beginning promptly at 7 

Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published, Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011), and Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014).  Bruce lives in Westfield, WI.

Born and raised in the La Crosse area, Karla Huston has called Appleton home for 28 years. She is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Outside of a Dog, (dancing girl press, 2013). Her book, Flight Patterns, won the Main Street Rag chapbook contest in 2003. Her collection A Theory of Lipstick, (Main Street Rag) was released in 2013 and won a Wisconsin Library Association outstanding poetry book award.  Huston teaches poetry writing at The Mill: a Place for Writers in Appleton.    www.karlahuston.com

​ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Aug 17  Meredith Mason and Adam Fell

Sep 21  Sylvia Cavanaugh and Ed Werstein

Oct 19 Sara Parrell and Sarah Gilbert

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, GEORGIA RESSMEYER at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm, followed by an open mic.  A New York native, Georgia has lived happily in Wisconsin since 1974. 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 a prize from the WFOP.  Her full-length poetry collection, Waiting to Sail, was published by Black River Press in 2014.

The reading is located in the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. 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 at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

Oshkosh Reader line-up for the rest of 2015:

August 25 – Joe Pressendo

September 22 – Karla Huston

October 27 – Jo Balisteri

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading

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THURSDAY, JULY

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, 6-8 PM,   CHING-IN CHEN, SOHAM PATEL & ROBERT NORDSTROM,  Featured Reader(s) + Open mic atThe Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  For more info:  torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at  (920) 406-0200 |  www.readersloft.com.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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DISCOVERING COMPOSITION

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 12:30-3:30pm
School Age (7-11)
Instructor: Joanna Dane

Trout Museum Member Price: $125.00

Non-Member Price: $140.00

Look deeply at art and notice your reactions while discovering how to talk about art in terms of balance, movement, surprise, mood, texture, communication. We will write reactions to art work using a variety of forms. We will explore how we organize colors, shapes, lines, and words to create meaningful compositions. Register at http://store.troutmuseum.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SA-SP15-DC.

WRITING THROUGH TIME: FROM FREE WRITING TO TWEETING

Monday, Aug. 3 – Friday, Aug. 7, 12:30-3:30pm
School Age (12-16)
Instructor: Joanna Dane

Trout Museum Member Price: $125.00

Non-Member Price: $140.00
Put on a modern spin on the ancient art of “ekphrasis” – writing poetry inspired by visual art. We will open our minds and focus on deriving inspiration from all art. We will practice observing the emotions that arise while viewing art and practice channeling this energy into our own written creations. Register at http://store.troutmuseum.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SA-SP15-WTT.

See the Council for Wisconsin Writers website at http://www.wiswriters.org for information about its mission, contests and how to join.

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Wisconsin Historian’s Chapbooks Feature Five Founders

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New Society Press Series Explores America’s Founders
Explore the prose of some of the most prominent American Revolution leaders and thinkers — who led the fight for the independence Americans celebrate every July 4 — in the America’s Founders Biographical Series. Written by US Constitution historian John P. Kaminski, the Parallel Press series is now distributed by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.Each of the five chapbooks in this series provides a concise but vibrant exploration of American heroes, including:

* America’s first president and Revolutionary War General in George Washington: The Man of the Age (ISBN: 978-1-893311-99-2, Retail: $16),

* Declaration of Independence author and the third US President in Thomas Jefferson: Philosopher and Politician (ISBN: 978-1-893311-59-6, Retail: $16),

* A Revered Revolutionary War General in Lafayette: The Boy General (ISBN: 978-1-893311-84-8, Retail: $16),

* An American Independence crusader and US President in James Madison: Champion of Liberty and Justice (ISBN: 978-1-893311-65-7, Retail: $16), and

*A Revolutionary compatriot and the leading First Lady of her day in Abigail Adams: An American Heroine (ISBN: 978-1-893311-93-0, Retail: $16).

Told in a lively manner through historic details, Kaminski’s elegant prose adds dimension to the historic dramas of revolution and nation-making. Unlike traditional biographies, these charming chapbooks emphasize the character, mannerisms, and physical appearance of the subjects as they were known to their contemporaries. In a unique way, the illuminating vignettes and “behind-the-curtain” glimpses of both well-known and obscure events provide a new perspective on the Founding generation.

About the Author 

John P. Kaminski is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is also editor of the multi-volume The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Series, published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, that aims to preserve the state-by-state debates about the ratification of The United States Constitution. A professor emeritus from the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is the author or editor of twenty-five other books on early American history.

 

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WI P&I Fiction Winners Announced

Here’s the magazine’s news release:

Congratulations to the Winners of the
Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction Contest
:

  • “Geography Lesson,” by Nikki Kallio—Hortonville
  • “Duck, Duck, Goose,” by Erika Kanesaka Kalnay—Madison
  • “Stones,” by Kathryn Gahl—Appleon
Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction Contest receive publication in the magazine and cash awards of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place). The first-place author also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, and all three award-winning authors will read their stories at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison.
HONORABLE MENTION STORIES AND AUTHORS
“The Confession of Cassius Troy,” by Shaun Melarvie—Sturgeon Bay
“His First Revolution,” by William Lawlor—Stevens Point
“Enough,” by Melaney Poli—Waukesha
“Oh You Kids,” by Jonathan Hakes—Appleton
“Anna’s Quilt,” by Robert Holzman—Wautoma
“The Singing,” by Rheba K. Sanders—Oshkosh
Wisconsin People & Ideas publishes fiction and poetry from Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from our visual artists and photographers, and covers science and environmental issues that affect Wisconsin’s people, lands, and waters. The magazine hosts annual fiction and poetry contests that award cash prizes up to $500, publication in the magazine, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, and more.  Since 1954, the independentWisconsin People & Ideas magazine has been a trusted resource for people who care about the issues and ideas that shape life in Wisconsin. Wisconsin People & Ideas is available at Wisconsin Academy events and exhibitions as well as selected bookstores, and is delivered quarterly to Wisconsin Academy members and libraries across the state.
This year the fiction contest lead judge is author and poet Nickolas Butler (right). The 2015 contest was coordinated by Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and Aaron Fai helped with preliminary judging. The contest received 82 short story submissions from across the state of Wisconsin. All judging was done blindly and ranking was done solely on the merit of individual stories in the opinion of our judges.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to the 2015 fiction contest. Your participation is what has made this contest one of the best showcases for Wisconsin writers for over a dozen years. Look for the first- through third-place short stories to appear in forthcoming issues ofWisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the spring/summer double issue this July. Congratulations to all our winners and honorable mention authors—and keep on writing!

Wisconsin People & Ideas thanks lead and preliminary judges for volunteering their time and

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