NE WI Poetry New Events and Reminders

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7:00 p.m.: Jean Valentine opens the Foot of the Lake Reading Series at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA)​, 51 Sheboygan St.,​

Fond du Lac! Valentine was the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She also won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, and the National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New & Collected Poems. The doors open at 6:30 pm. A cash bar will be available.


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.

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. — The Kress Family Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway) will host aCollege Writers’ Invitational with author Kathryn Gahl – 2015 Wisconsin People and Ideas Fiction Finalist, and winner of the 2015 Mill Prize for Fiction at the Fox Cities Book Festival.  Author of the poetry collection Life Drawing Class, Kathryn will share her poems and short fiction, and will host an open reading for student writers attending local colleges.  Kathryn is October’s featured guest in the Kress Library’s Local Author Showcase.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:​3​0 pm, AMAUD JAMAUL JOHNSON, Ripon College Lane Library North Reading Room.


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

OCTOBER 22-25, travel to Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival, featuring dozens of fabulous authors including Matthew Dickman, ​the WI Academy poetry & fiction prize winners, Kimberly Blaeser, First Wave poets, CWW prize winners (including yours truly!), and the poetry of social justice. 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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