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 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.




. . . 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


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:

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



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,

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


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