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


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.


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/


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



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, ​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!




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.


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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