Monthly Archives: September 2015

Book Festival to Honor First WI Poet Laureate

Ellen Kort opened this century as Wisconsin inaugural Poet Laureate. Here’s a flyer about The Fox Cities Book Festival’s special event, which takes place next Tuesday evening:


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Histories of WI Native People for Young and Old

Patty Loew Explore the Histories of Wisconsin’s Native People
in Revised and Expanded Book for Young Readers
Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded EditionExplore the stories and traditions of Wisconsin’s twelve Native Nations in this essential title from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Tailored especially for the upper elementary classroom, this newly revised and expanded edition of Native People of Wisconsin meets and exceeds the requirements of the Wisconsin American Indian Education Act (Act 31), providing exceptional and authentic teaching materials about Wisconsin’s tribal history.
Based on her research for her award-winning title for adults, “Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal,” author Patty Loew has geared this book specifically toward young readers. “Native People of Wisconsin”depicts the Native people’s incredible resilience despite rapid change and the impact of European arrivals on Native culture. Young readers will become familiar with the unique cultural traditions, tribal history, and life today for each nation.
Complete with maps, illustrations, and a detailed glossary of terms, this highly anticipated new edition includes two new chapters on the Brothertown Indian Nation and urban Indians, as well as updates on each tribe’s current history and new profiles of outstanding young people from every nation.
 An expanded Teacher’s Edition will also be available on CD in January 2016. “Native People of Wisconsin” is also available as an e-book.
About the Editor:
Patty Loew, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is a professor in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian studies program. She has written dozens of scholarly and general-interest articles on Native topics and produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country. For 20 years she hosted statewide news and public affairs programs for Wisconsin Public Television. Dr. Loew is also the author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin.
To Order:
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By Patty Loew
Paperback: $15.95
208 pages, 178 b&w photos and illus., 36 maps, 8 x 7

ISBN: 978-0-87020-748-8

Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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Madison, WI 53706
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Poetry Doings in NE WI

Here’s news about poetry events in the northeastern part of the state:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, at 7 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center Galleries at Lawrence, the Mia Paul Poetry Series welcomes poet John Murillo, author of Up Jump the Boogie, for a reading, signing, and reception. Free and open to the public. A great poet you won’t want to miss! Contact Melissa Range ( with any questions.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 pm, WI POET LAUREATE KIMBERLY BLAESER 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.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, SARAH GILBERT & SARA PARRELL at the Poetry Rocks! Reading 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  We now have a sound system, and parking is free after 6:00 pm!

Sara Parrell’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, qarrtsiluni, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, and other journals, and she co-curates The Bridge Poetry Series at the Chazen Museum of Art. A pushcart nominee, she was awarded first prize in the 2008 Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading for her manuscript Psalms of New Orleans, and received the Leo Love Poetry Merit Award in 2012 from the Taos Writers’ Conference. Her collaboration with photographer Thomas Ferrella, HYBRID: Transported by Word and Image, was installed in Madison and Milwaukee hybrid taxis. She is faculty at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, and a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s mental health team.

Sarah Gilbert returned to writing poetry in the midst of two decades of Lynch Syndrome cancers, with a chapbook of her cancer poems, Tendril, published by Finishing Line Press in January 2015. Her work has also appeared in Fox Cry Review, Wisconsin Poets Calendar, The Healing Muse, Your Daily Poem, and Sharing Widely Living Deeply.  She serves as a regional VP for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and hosts this series!! in Appleton, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, three cats, and one old dog.


Nov 16 Annette Grunseth and Tori Grant Welhouse

Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, MARY JO BALISTERI at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkoshat 6:15pm, followed by an open mic.

Mary Jo has two full books of poetry and a chapbook. Film adaptions of three of her poems can be seen on Poetry Storehouse and Vimeo (re-mix) by talented film makers Nic Sebastian, Othniel Smith, and March Neys. Another poem, Maybe, was chosen for Poetry that Moves on North suburban PACE buses in Illinois this year. She is associate editor of Tiger’s Eye Press and a founder of Grace River Poets, an outreach for women’s shelters, churches, and schools. Please visit her at

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 6:15Caramel Crisp closes at 7:30. For further information contact Kay Sanders at or Mandi Isaacson at

Oshkosh Reader line-up for 2015:

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 6-8 PM, JEANIE TOMASKO, STEVE TOMASKO & SHARON AUBERLE, Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  For more info: or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 |



OCTOBER 15 & 16, travel to Fort Atkinson for the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Festival, featuring WI Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser, Fabu, Nick Demske, Lisa Vihos, Cathryn Cofell, Tom Montag, Marilyn Taylor and more!  For details, visit



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14: The Kress Family Branch Library is hosting an and is looking for poets to share poetry from their chapbooks and/or poetry collections from approximately 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

There is a line-up of other events throughout the day including a workshop on publishing.

Contact if you are interested in participating.


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Book for Mystery Aficionados of All Stripes Explores Mayhem in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is launching new book showing the dark side of Milwaukee in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.,  on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This event is being sponsored by Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee.
That is the first of three free events in next month featuring the book. The other two are on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12:15 p.m. at the Wisconsin Historical Museum , 30 N Carroll St. in Madison. The program is titled “History Sandwiched in: Milwaukee Mayhem” and includes an informal lunch with book signing to follow, and Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.  at Mystery to Me Books,  1863 Monroe St. in Madison, and will include a discussion with Doug Moe.
Here is a book description that’s included in the WHSP news release:
New Book Investigates Milwaukee’s Murders & Mysteries
Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City's First Century Investigate the bizarre, blood-curdling crimes and rarely-told tales of a Midwestern metropolis in a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, “Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century.” From murder and matchstick men to all-consuming fires, painted women, and Great Lakes disasters, author Matthew J. Prigge explores the underside of Milwaukee history to offer a new perspective on Milwaukee’s early years.
Prigge forgoes the major historical signposts found in traditional histories and focuses instead on the strange and brutal tales of mystery, vice, murder, and disaster that were born of the city’s transformation from lakeside settlement to American metropolis. He presents these stories as they were recounted to the public in the newspapers of the era, using the vivid and often grim language of the times to create an engaging and occasionally chilling narrative of a forgotten Milwaukee.
Through his thoughtful introduction, Prigge also gives the work context, eschewing assumptions about “simpler times” and highlighting the mayhem that the growth and rise of a city can bring about. These stories are the orphans of Milwaukee’s history, too unusual to register in broad historic narratives, too strange to qualify as nostalgia, but nevertheless essential to our understanding of this American city.
Learn more about the book and Prigge’s research into forgotten history of Milwaukee on the Milwaukee Mayhem website at or by contacting Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email:
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Milwaukee Bookseller Launches Newsletter for Kids

Boswell Book Company, a mainstay in Milwaukee for book lovers, which in addition to selling an eye-popping array of books in good ol’ hard copy format, supports writers in a variety of ways. One is to offer its store at 2559 North Downer Avenue as a venue for authors to do new-book launches, presentations and readings about their books. Another is to publish a newsletter announcing those events. Now BBC has published its first newsletter for kids.

Among the featured authors making appearances in the coming weeks  are writer-illustrator and transplant to Milwaukee Andy Rash, who on Friday, Oct. 2, will be introducing his new picture book, Archie the Daredevil Penguin. and Liza Wiemer, who is launching her YA debut novel Hello.

Here is BBC’s announcement for both in its newsletter for kids:

Penguin Power with Andy Rash, Friday, October 2, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Local author and illustrator Andy Rash is coming to Boswell for a talk and signing great for all ages in which he’ll introduce his latest picture book, Archie the Daredevil Penguin, a comic-book style story filled with daring feats and faithful friends that readers will flock to. Archie the Daredevil Penguin is lauded as “silly and charming” by Kirkus andPublisher’s Weekly is calling it a “read-aloud winner.”
Here’s proprietor Daniel Goldin’s take on Archie the Daredevil Penguin: “Archie is one amazing penguin! He’s tobagganed through Craggy Pass and tiptoed through the Leopard Seal Bunks. And now he is preparing for his greatest challenge yet, creating an invention to fly across to Iceberg Nine for a fish fry. As he comes up with one wild idea after another, the truth comes out that Archie can’t swim. While cartoon penguins call to mind such classics as Tennessee Tuxedo and Chilly Willy, and more contemporary icons like Mumble from Happy Feet, Archie is more like a kind-hearted Wile E. Coyote. Rash’s penguins have a charming style all their own, and the dialogue is filled with droll asides that lightly address the fears of many kids. Fun for everyone, but if you know someone afraid of swimming, even better!”
Andy Rash will offer a talk not just about Archie but on the writing and creative process. While kids are welcome to this event, adults will also enjoy this presentation on Friday, October 2, 7 pm.
Say “Hello” to Liza Wiemer When She Launches Her First Book for Teens at Boswell on Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm.

Boswell Book Company is proud to host local author Liza Wiemer’s launch of her debut young-adult novel, Hello?, the story of five Wisconsin teens’ stories woven into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope, perfect for ages 14 and up. Liza Wiemer will donate a copy of Hello? to a local school for every 10 copies purchased at Boswell.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Hello? has gotten raves from fellow YA authors such as Huntley Fitzpatrick, who called Wiemer’s novel “A triumph of writing and humanity…the characters stayed with me long after I read the book.” And Martina Boone offered this praise: “Brave, beautiful, and wholly original, this story about tantalizing connections and heartbreaking relationships will haunt you, fill you with hope, and leave you smiling.”

Wiemer has been championing teen fiction since we opened 2357 days ago. Now it’s her turn to share the voices of five Wisconsin teens’ stories, weaving a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serenity, and ultimately hope. Celebrate Hello? on Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm, at Boswell.


Among other events to be held at both Boswell’s Downer Avenue store and area libraries, the newsletter includes recommended reading for preteens and teenagers, information about its monthly story time for kids and a special presentation for teachers.

Here’s the link to the entire newsletter.

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CWW Seeking Volunteers

The Council for Wisconsin Writers, in seeking to more fully accomplish our mission of celebrating the achievements of writers in our state, is in the process of making some exciting changes. We are looking for volunteers with interest and skills in media production, membership development, and conducting interviews and writing essays on Wisconsin writers.

CWW is a non-profit organization that operates entirely with committed volunteers who serve as its Board of Directors and support it with membership dues, donations and service. More about CWW is at its website,
Anyone interested in assisting with this cause and helping CWW achieve its goals, please contact CWW President Geoff Gilpin at

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Wisconsin Poets Win Michigan Contest Awards

Congratulations to Wisconsin poets Ed Werstein and Sylvia Cavanaugh for their recent wins in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s annual contest. Ed won two first-place awards and an honorable mention, and Sylvia received a  second-place award.

Ed and Sylvia with be reading Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Copper Rock Coffee Company in Appleton at 210 W College Avenue.

CWW salutes Ed and Sylvia.

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