Monthly Archives: November 2015

New Book Examines Segregation and Education in Milwaukee

New Wisconsin Historical Society Press release not only provides insight into the effects of Milwaukee’s segregation on the education of its children, it could be a great study for writers who are interest in this subject. The author speaks tomorrow (Nov. 20) at Boswell Book Company whose owner Daniel Goldin was honored with CWW’s 2014 Christopher Latham Sholes Award, which is present to an individual or organization for “outstanding encouragement of Wisconsin writers.”

New Book Details Tumultuous History of ‘Educating Milwaukee’
Educating Milwaukee by James K. NelsenThe history of American public education has been arduous and exciting, controversial and celebrated, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From segregation and school choice to debates over funding and curriculum guidelines, Milwaukee has been a national epicenter for educational changes and choices. In his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools, Dr. James K. Nelsen chronicles Milwaukee’s unique struggle for integration and quality education and traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which has been growing in strength throughout the United States.
Nelsen follows Milwaukee’s tumultuous education history through three eras: “no choice,” “forced choice,” and “school choice.” He details the story of Milwaukee’s choice movement through to modern times. Today, Milwaukee families have more schooling options than ever — with charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, and neighborhood schools — and yet Milwaukee’s impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school.
“Educating Milwaukee” also shares how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city’s schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a “choice” example. The book will be available in bookstores everywhere and online retailers later this month. An e-book edition will also be available.
SPECIAL BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
Join author and educator Dr. James K. Nelsen for a discussion of the unique story of “Educating Milwaukee” and the city’s ongoing struggles for integration and quality education, including school-choice, at a special book launch event Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. There will be time for audience questions. A book signing will follow.
Media: For a review copy of “Educating Milwaukee,” to interview the author, or for more information, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email: kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
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About the Author
James K. Nelsen has a PhD in urban history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and teaches high school social studies at Golda Meir School in Milwaukee, a public magnet school for college-bound students in grades 3 through 12. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, he finds the history of the city fascinating, from its early days in the mid-nineteenth century to the modern challenges of urban life today. As a teacher, he enjoys researching the history of education from colonial times to the present. When not teaching or researching, he enjoys volunteering with youth groups, exploring his city, and following his beloved Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.

More about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its awards is at http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. CWW is accepting entries for its 2015 awards. Entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.

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More, Corrected WFOP News

Here’s updated and corrected Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets news from Cathryn Cofell:

Thursday, November 19, 6-8 PM, Nathan J. Reid & Ken ZahorskiFeatured Reader(s) + Open mic atThe Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  For more info: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

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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 rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, December 1, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) hosts theFAVORITE POEM PROJECT. Each of the featured readers will share a favorite poem, not their own. Readers include: Bill Behnke, of Master Gardeners Organization of Fond du Lac County; Dan Hebel, of the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac; Tom Herre, of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation; Tina Potter, retired from United Way; Terri Emanuel,of Solutions Center, Lora Vahlsing, of the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Alyson Zierdt, of the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund.

FREE event begins with readings from each of the participants at 7 pm in THELMA’s Café 1906 at 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. Then an open mic will follow for any others who would like to read. Cash bar will be available.

The rest of the 2015-2016 season includes:February 2: Alison Townsend​, ​March 1:  Dasha Kelly, ​April 5: Student Invitational

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Monday, December 7,  (NOT THE 3RD MONDAY!).

7:00 – 8:30 pm, WI FELLOWSHIP OF POETS’ CALENDAR CONTRIBUTORS’ reading 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!

Have a poem in the 2016 WI Poets’ Calendar? Join us to read it! See a poem from someone else that you like? Bring it to read! The editors have been invited to share about the process and experience of pulling together a calendar of poems. The traditional open mic will follow

ON DECK at COPPER ROCK: 2016 schedule in process!

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 pm, PHIL HANSOTIA 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.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar guidelines: http://wfop.org/calendar/calguide.html

Deadline December 1.

2016 WFOP Muse Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html

Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Chapbook Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html
Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Student Poetry Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/student.html

Deadline January 16.

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CWW OPENS 2015 WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS – DEADLINE FEB 1, 2016!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.
CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

More information about CWW is at wiswriters.org.

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2 Wisconsin Writers Win National Accolades

Not one, but two Wisconsin writers are finalists in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards.

Kathleen Ernst’s A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons  Front cover of the non-fiction book A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, illustrated with photographs by Loyd Heath, and published in 2015 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

and Jerry Apps’ Wisconsin Agriculture: A History  ,

both published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, are two of six finalists for this award in the U.S. History category.

Kathleen and Jerry are both former winners of multiple CWW awards for their writing. Read about them and the rules for awards contests for work published in 2015 at http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. Entries are being accepted until Feb. 1, 2016.

 

 

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Wisconsin author’s PB Inspiration Named ‘Climate Hero’

A Gambian woman who inspired Wisconsin author Miranda Paul’s picture book, ONE PLASTIC BAG, is being hailed as a “climate hero,” according to an SCBWI-Wisconsin Facebook posting. 

Here’s a link to the documentary, ISATOU CEESAY, QUEEN OF PLASTIC RECYCLING IN THE GAMBIA: http://climateheroes.org/portfolio-item/isatou-ceesay-queen-plastic-recycling-gambia/ isatou-ceesay

Miranda’s debut picture book ONE PLASTIC BAG    and her subsequent WATER IS WATER: A BOOK ABOUT THE WATER CYCLE Product Detailswere published this year. Her WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? A COMMUNITY HELPER GUESSING BOOK  Product Details is due out in January and her TRAINBOTS is scheduled for release in June.

When Miranda who is an SCBWI-Wisconsin regional advisor, learned that Ceesay had been named a climate hero, she wrote,  “Wow. Thanks! Isatou is such an inspiration, and it was an honor for her to work with me while I was writing the book.”
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a unique community of writers, poets, and educators dedicated to the recognition of outstanding work by Wisconsin writers, and to promoting public awareness of our state’s great literary heritage. Please visit us as www.wiswriters.org.

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WI Academy Writing Contest Reminder

Entry deadline for Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters’ annual fiction and poetry contest is Dec. 1. Here’s the link to a news story with details:

http://www.superiortelegram.com/community/3874080-writers-poets-sought-statewide-contest

 

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NE WI Poetry News Includes CWW Awards Contests Info

Following is information about poetry events, workshops and deadlines in Northeast Wisconsin submitted by Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’  Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:

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.

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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 pses@sbcglobal.net.

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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 rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

Oshkosh Reader line-up for 2015:

December – no reading

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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: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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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.

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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

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 CALL FOR POEMS

. . . and out of what one sees and hears, and out of what one feels, who could have thought to make so many sensuous worlds . . . . Wallace Stevens

2017 WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR

Published by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

Editors:  Francha Barnard and Estella Lauter

Water, Water everywhere, but. . . .

Go for it—not the water but your poems about it, the theme for the 2017 calendar. Keep in mind how pervasive water is in Wisconsin lives.  We’re talking here about the liquidstate (including tears), the solid, even the vapor.  Maybe the water of your poems is an ingredient in something else; maybe you’re in it. Maybe it’s hot!  Interpret the themebroadly and surprise us. We encourage poems that draw on science, philosophy, psychology and politics in addition to waterscapes.

Feel free to submit poems that have already been published elsewhere. If you do, please include full publication information.

Submission Guidelines

Poets must be 18 or over, a resident of Wisconsin or have a close connection to Wisconsin.  You do not have to be a current WFOP member to submit.

Submit one to three poems.  Shorter poems are more likely to be accepted, but each poem in your submission should be no more than 24 lines, single spaced in a standard font and not centered.

E-mail submissions are strongly preferred.  If you don’t have access to e-mail, you may post your poems to:  Francha Barnard, 7877 Frogtown Rd.,  Bailey’s Harbor, WI. 54202.

In the body of your e-mail, please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Follow with a bio of no more than 30 words.  Then copypaste your poems into the email. You may also attach them (doc, docx or RTF—not pdf) to tthe same email, especially if there is something unusual about the formatting. Please remove everything but the poem from your file before you copy or attach. Put all of your poems in one document. Then send  to: wfopcalendar2017@gmail.com.

We will confirm receipt of your submission by email. (Please send a stamped post card for confirmation by snail mail.)  We will carefully consider all poems and respond on or about January 31, 2016.

Submissions accepted: September 1- December 1, 2015.

Deadline reiterated:  December 1, 2015

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CWW OPENS 2015 WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS TODAY!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

For more information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its Awards program, please go to http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Great Mystery Writers Org.

Although the national organization of Sisters In Crime has been around for a long time, the Wisconsin chapter became inactive for several years — until a few years ago. Then a few stalwarts revived it, nourished it and persisted. They now have their own website, which includes informative and helpful links, meeting sites around the state and a list of members’ websites.
Now, one of their members is heralding an affiliated group, Retiree Rebels. Here’s her most recent shout out:
  Sisters in Crime… Please excuse another promotion for  RetireeRebels. com  on our group site, but since so many of us retired to take up writing full time, and I personally know how difficult it is to retire to “the world’s loneliest professions,” I wanted to reach out to those who don’t need to struggle through some of the normal -but not talked about- difficulties of retirement.  
Here’s the link to this week’s new podcast, a Kitchen Table Talk about the rocky first year of retirement, along with tips on how to smooth out your retirement transition.
When you subscribe to RetireeRebels.com website (it’s free), you will be sent an email whenever there is a new post, along with the link that goes directly to that podcast. A one-click short-cut for subscribers.
Also, because of the many comments we received in the first two weeks recognizing the drastic change in modern retirement, we decided to offer subscribers a special e-book to help them identify and deal with the 10 most common issues faced by the newly retired.  (Technically, this is my first published “book” Yippee!)
“Ten Things THANK GOODNESS Someone Told Me” is a testament to the retired friends who saved me from going bonkers during my first tumultuous years of retirement, warning me about unexpected psychological pitfalls, and guiding me to a new and fulfilling life.
Thank you for checking us out and sharing the news.
But more than anything, we hope we are of help to those who need it.
Go Rebels!    Carol L
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Thank you for checking us out and sharing the news.
But more than anything, we hope we are of help to those who need it.
While checking out Wisconsin’s Sisters in Crime and Retiree Rebels, take a hop over to the CWW site at www.wiswriters.org, and check out the contest page for info on our eight contests, which opened for submissions on Nov. 1.

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