Here’s the latest news from the Central Fox-Valley Region’s Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:
Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.: NICK DEMSKE – the poet laureate of your Face! Appears at the Foot of the Lake Reading Series at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA), 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. Reading by Nick, then open mic, then Nick returns to close the event. Foot of the Lake has the longest running poetry collective in Wisconsin. It is always free (with cash bar)!
The 2015-2016 season also includes:
Dec. 1: Favorite Poem Readings – featuring community members
Feb. 2: Alison Townsend – first poet to receive the UW-Whitewater Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award
Mar. 1: Dasha Kelly – founder of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach for writers
Apr. 5: The ever-popular Student Invitational
May 3: To be announced
For more information about any of the writers, visit thelmaarts.org.
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District.
Saturday, November 7 (all day): A fun culmination of the Wine & Words event will take place at the Captain’s Walk,345 S. Adams Street, Green Bay.
The hangtags will be “released.” Every guest willing to read Ode to Wine (out loud) on November 7 will receive one half price glass of Sangiovese or Sauvignon Blanc.
A special cheese plate intended to pair well with the two celebrated wines will also be available on the day of the release party.
The winning poem will be featured on 1,000 Captain’s Walk Winery wine bottles this fall. Both vintages of Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc will display the poetry contest winner. Here’s a link to the official announcement.
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm, PETER SHERRILL 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.
Monday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, ANNETTE GRUNSETH AND TORI GRANT WELHOUSE 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!
Annette L. Grunseth, is a part-time freelance writer, retired from a long career in healthcare marketing and public relations. She is a regular contributor to WFOP calendars and has been published in Wisconsin Academy Review, Midwest Prairie Review, Free Verse, Ariel Anthology, Poetry of Cold, Fox Cry Review and Peninsula Pulse. She’s a Wisconsin Badger with a Communications, Radio/TV/Film degree from UW Madison. She prefers quiet sports and grew up in a household filled with word play and writers. Annette says poetry and kayaks are a perfect pairing (after wine and poetry, of course ). She discovered it’s amazing to write poetry while floating among the lily pads in her kayak, thanks to the audio feature on the iPhone Notepad and a good, phone-sized dry bag.
Tori Grant Welhouse received her MFA from Antioch International in London and now lives in rural Green Bay where she is a Regional Director for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) and coordinates the poetry reading series Imagine! She recently published a chapbook Canned with Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has also appeared in Literary Mama, The Greensboro Review, anderbo.com, Melusine, Verse Wisconsin, Broad!, Glassworks and Split Rock Review. One of her poems received Honorable Mention in Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Prize Contest, and she placed third in the Kay Saunders Emerging Poet Contest. She likes the idea of emerging over 50.
ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:
Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors
For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 24, Sylvia Cavanaugh at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm, followed by an open mic. Originally from Pennsylvania, Sylvia has an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches high school African and Asian cultural studies and is the school poetry club advisor. Most recently, she was the 2015 winner of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Donn Goodwin Prize.
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 contact Kay Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mandi Isaacson at email@example.com.
Oshkosh Reader line-up for 2015:
December – no reading
Thursday, November 19, 6-8 PM, Nathan J. Reid & Ken Zahorski, Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.
WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES
Wednesday, November 4: Creative Writers’ Workshop, KRESS FAMILY BRANCH LIBRARY, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere. Support and networking for writers. Bring your original poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.
Saturday, November 14 11:30 am-4 pm: Celebrate Writing: A Reader & Author Fair, KRESS FAMILY BRANCH LIBRARY, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere. Network with authors and publishers, as well as check out book displays and sales.
12:00 pm Author Erin Celello (Learning to Stay and Miracle Beach) speaks on aspects of the writer’s life.
2:00 pm Local experts discuss today’s publishing options for aspiring writers.
3:00 pm Readings from members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
Enjoy displays and sales throughout the day.
DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS
2017 WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR Submissions: Water, water everywhere . . . .
Accepting poems through December 1, 2015. Editors: Francha Barnard and Estella Lauter. For guidelines, visit http://wfop.org/calendar/calguide.html
Go to www.wiswriters.org/2014%20winners.htm to read about Cathryn and other winners of the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014 Award winners. Stay tuned for information about the 2015 Awards.