Monthly Archives: October 2015

WFOP Doings in the Central Fox-Valley Region

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

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 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,, 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.


Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors

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


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 or Mandi Isaacson at

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: or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 |



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.



 2017 WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR Submissions: Water, water everywhere . . . .

Accepting poems through December 1, 2015. Editors: Francha Barnard and Estella Lauter. For guidelines, visit

Go to to read about Cathryn and other winners of the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2014 Award winners. Stay tuned for information about the 2015 Awards.


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CWW Winners To Be Festival Readers

Four winners of the Council for Wisconsin Writers annual contests read on Saturday from their work as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival  in Madison. Following is information from the Festival that includes names of the winners who will be reading, and the time and the place of the event:
2015 CWW Winners Reading - Council of Wisconsin Writers - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 12:00pm</span>

                       2015 CWW WINNERS READING                             Council of Wisconsin Writers

                                                      315 W. Gorham St., Madison, WI, 53703

                                                                      10/24/2015 – 12:00pm

Here is the Festival’s announcement:

Each year for the past 50 years, the Council for Wisconsin Writers has been honoring the best work published by writers from Wisconsin. This years winners are being honored with prestigious prizes outside of our state as well, including a Pushcart winner and an Independent Book of the Year Award.  They represent a variety of literary genres including poetry, memoir, and young adult fiction. These talented authors display the vitality and breadth of writing happening in Wisconsin.

The reading will feature: the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, Sean Bishop ; the winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award, Bridget Birdsall ; the winner of the Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfiction, Catherine Jagoe; and the winner of the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Cathryn Cofell

More information about these and the other winners of the 2014 CWW writing awards is at


About Presenter Council of Wisconsin Writers


The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encouraging excellence among Wisconsin writers. Founded in 1964, the CWW is operated entirely by volunteers.

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CWW President Joins UW Study on Psychedelic Medicine

Geoff Gilpin, who serves as president of the Council for Wisconsin Writers, took some psychedelic journeys recently, but it was for science.


Gilpin, author of the memoir The Maharishi Effect: A Personal Journey Through the Spiritual Movement That Transformed AmericaThe Marharishi Effect Book Cover  is quoted in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article about his experience in a pharmacokinetics study being conducted by  UW-Madison’s School of Pharmacy.

Specifically, the study is to assist scientists assess the potential of psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic ingredient found in “magic mushrooms,” to “ease the minds of patients with cancer and other conditions,” according to the WSJ article.

Gilpin, who is conducting research for a book on psychedelics he’s working on, says that the study sessions he’s participated in have resulted in interesting journeys. His blog is here.

More information about Gilpin and the Council for Wisconsin Writers is at

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Two Writers, Two Books in One Interview

Here’s the link to a fantastic interview of one author (and CWW board member), Jennifer Morales Morales-Jennifer-2014-165t  (Meet Me Halfway meet me) by another author, Dasha Kelly Dasha Kelly (Almost Crimson almost crimson). It’s a great and insightful read.

Learn more about Jennifer and CWW at


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Former CWW Award Winner Touring with Two New Books

Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Jerry Apps
Where in Wisconsin is Jerry Apps? At a Book Event Near You!
No worries! Wisconsin’s celebrated rural storyteller Jerry Apps is NOT missing. He is just hard to find this time of year because he is on the road at so many book events — a schedule  that is packed even fuller since the 2015 releases of his two new Wisconsin Historical Society Press books: Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir AND Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
How busy is Jerry? He is so busy that the Society Press is sending this notice to help everyone keep up with our most popular and prolific author. We, and Jerry, hope to see you at one of these book events this Fall! Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public!
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015: Special Event: An Old World “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk
Time: 4 pm
Location: Ramsey Barn at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wis. This event is part of the living history site’s Autumn on the Farms weekend and will be held in the Ramsey Barn as a pre-Harvest Buffet Dinner event. A book signing will follow in the Old World Wisconsin gift shop. Site admission is always highly recommended (but not required) to attend the book talk. Dinner tickets are sold separately.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015: “Whispers and Shadows” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac, Wis.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015: Book Signing Event
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: The Clearing Folk School,12171 Garrett Bay Rd., Ellison Bay, Wis.
Time: 10 am
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., Capitol Square, Madison, Wis.
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters auditorium, 816 State St., (across from UW Memorial Union), Madison, Wis. Wisconsin’s Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel, Dean Kathryn VandenBosch of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dr. John M. Shutske, Director of the UW-Extension, and Dr. Ellsworth Brown, The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, are also participating in this joint Wisconsin Book Festival & Wisconsin Science Festival book talk event. A book signing will follow.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center “Whispers and Shadows” Talk
Time: 2 pm
Location: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, Wis. Drawing from his nature memoir, Apps will explore such topics as the human need for wilderness, rediscovering a sense of wonder, and his father’s advice to “listen for the whispers” for nature’s deepest lessons. A book signing will follow. Admission is free to SANC members. Nature Center admission required ($8 for adults, $5 for youth and active duty/veterans).
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015: Gard’s Romance of Wisconsin Place Names” with Jerry Apps
Time: 2 pm
Location: The Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green, Wis. Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps, a former student of Robert Gard’s who wrote the new foreword for Gard’s recently reprinted classic “Romance of Wisconsin Place Names,” will share his memories of the well-known writer and educator, at the theater named in Gard’s honor. This event is sponsored by Arcadia Books, Spring Green.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015: “Whispers and Shadows” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: Baraboo Public Library, 230 4th Ave., Baraboo, Wis.
Time: 9 am
Location: Edgerton High School, Edgerton, Wis. The Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival welcomes Jerry Apps to share nature stories and lessons drawn from his memoir “Whispers and Shadows.” The event will feature highlights from his newest Wisconsin Public Television documentary, “The Land with Jerry Apps,” which debuts in November. A book signing will follow.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015: “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 6 pm
Location: Marathon County Public Library, Wausau, Wis.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015: “Wisconsin Agriculture” Book Talk & Signing
Time: 7 pm
Location: Belleville High School auditorium, Belleville, Wis.  Hosted by Belleville Public Library.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: Second Saturdays Book Talk on “Wisconsin Agriculture: A History”
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill St., Plymouth, Wis. Hosted by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015:  “The Land with Jerry Apps” Documentary Premiere Event
Time: 9:15 am
Location: Midvale Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Public Television will showcase its newest documentary with Jerry Apps, which draws from his book “Whispers and Shadows.”
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015:  “The Land with Jerry Apps” Documentary Premiere Event
Time: 6:15 pm
Location: Wild Rose High School, Wild Rose, Wis. Wisconsin Public Television will showcase its newest documentary with Jerry Apps, which draws from his book “Whispers and Shadows.” A book signing will follow.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2015: Friends & Family Sale Book Signing Event
Time: 11 am – Noon
Location: Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters lobby, 816 State St., Madison, Wis. Hosted by Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015: Sauk City Book Signing Event
Time: 11 am
Location: McFarlane’s Sporting Goods, Sauk City, Wis.


Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps has published 11 non-fiction books with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and counting! In addition, three of his Society Press books have been the inspiration for Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, including “A Farm Story with Jerry Apps,” the Emmy Award-winning “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps,” and the upcoming “The Land with Jerry Apps,” which debuts next month.
Born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm, Jerry Apps is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of more than forty fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with topics ranging from barns and cheese factories to farming with horses and the Ringling Brothers circus. He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County. His books with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press include:
His Society Press books also include books for young readers in our Badger Biographies series:
Learn more about these books, and the Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, in the Jerry Apps section of the Society Press website. For an updated list of all of Jerry Apps’s appearances, visit his blog.

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A Sneak Peek at WHSP Staffers Doing the Polka

“Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” — could it be because of German ancestry?

Wisconsin Historical Society Press staff celebrate Oktoberfest in new “Polka Heartland” trailer
Video Shows Why the Midwest - and Wisconsin Historical Society Press - Loves to Polka
Folk music historian Rick March, coauthor of Polka Heartland, plays polka tunes for staff “dancers” at the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters in Madison.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press celebrates Oktoberfest to a polka beat in our newest book trailer video, shot on the steps of the Society’s headquarters building in Madison, Wis. Richard March, coauthor of our new book Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka, accompanied our staff “dancers” on his accordion. Watch the video to catch a polka beat, then discover more about the music’s history (and learn more about people who really know how to polka!) in this joyful exploration of the beloved, unique, and richly storied genre of POLKA!
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Sheboygan Children’s Book Fest This Weekend

The fantastic (and free) Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is this weekend, October 9-11, in Sheboygan at these three beautiful venues: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, and Bookworm Gardens. The festival  features programming for children, teens, and adults with 16 authors and illustrators presenting at those three venues. A number of Wisconsin SCBWI members will be speaking, including Miranda Paul, Ann Angel, Andrea Skyberg, Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer and JoAnn Early Macken.

Here’s the link to full details:

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