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


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


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


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


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 or call 920.854.7559.





 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar guidelines:

Deadline December 1.

2016 WFOP Muse Contest is open:

Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Chapbook Contest is open:
Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Student Poetry Contest is open:

Deadline January 16.



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.

More information about CWW is at


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