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Timber! eh deh

This looks interesting — Lumberjacking about Wisconsin by a Wisconsin writer published by a Wisconsin press:

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For Immediate Release

JANUARY 2016

CONTACT:
Kristin Gilpatrick, Marketing Manager
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org
608-264-6465

 

TIMBER! New Biography Details Lumberjack Days
John Nelligan_ Wisconsin LumberjackFrom “shanties” and “shingles” to “tote roads “and “tinder,” young readers can learn the details of lumberjack labor and lingo in a new Wisconsin Historical Society Press biography, John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack, by John Zimm.
This newest addition of the Society Press’s Badger Biographies Series, takes readers on a journey through Wisconsin’s lumbering heyday as lived by John Nelligan. Zimm draws from Nelligan’s autobiography and letters, housed in the Wisconsin Historical Society archives, to document the adventurous, tough, and dangerous life Wisconsin lumberjacks lived in the 1800s.
Thousands of men like Nelligan faced the perils of the North Woods, from harsh winter conditions and large saws, to falling trees and ragging rapids, to carve out a living and supply a booming demand for boards, beams and shingles to build new homes in the growing United States — a demand the eventually depleted the supply of North Woods timber in Nelligan’s lifetime.
Born in 1852, Nelligan rose through the lumberjack ranks, starting out as a humble laborer and working his way up to foreman. He worked and lived in Maine, Pennsylvania, and even Canada before coming to Wisconsin in 1871. Near the end of his long life, Nelligan wrote down his rugged life story with the help of a professional writer. In 1929, the Wisconsin Magazine of History first published that autobiography, “Life of a Lumberman.”
“John Nelligan: Wisconsin Lumberjack” is also available as an e-book.
 
About the author
John Zimm is a historian and author based in southern Wisconsin. Zimm is the editor of Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North, The Wisconsin Historical Society history book, and ofThis Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home. He has also written many articles for the “Wisconsin Magazine of History.” He works as an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin.
Media: For review copies of this book, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email:kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has been publishing the best of
Wisconsin history and culture, as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society, since 1855
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Deadline — Feb. 1, 2016

Council for Wisconsin Writers contests entries. See http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm for details.

 

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CWW Invites These Poets to Enter Contests — Deadline Feb. 1, 2016

WFOP News:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) has a NEW website! Check it out at wfop.org.

Going forward please submit any of the following to wfopweb@gmail:

Ongoing poetry readings
Future poetry events
Future poetry workshops
Regular writing group meetings

Events more suited to the e-newsletter should be directed to wfopmuseletter@gmail.com

If you don’t already have one, you are invited to create a Member Page. Send the following to wfopweb@gmail.com

* Bio
* Publications
* Poetry, 2-3 sample poems
* Photos (e.g. quality poet photo, covers of published books or chapbooks)

Not yet a member? The website will give you info about joining!

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TIMOTHY WALSH
Tuesday, January 26

Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh

6:15 – 7:30 pm featured reader, followed by an open mic

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. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

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The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet KATY DIDDEN

Thursday, January 28

Wriston Art Center Galleries, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Katy will be reading from her book The Glacier’s Wake and newer work. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Thursday, February 18, at 4:30 in the Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, poet Andrew Hudgins and fiction writer Erin McGraw (both of them the celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books) will read, again with a reception and book signing to follow.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu.

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ESTELLA LAUTER & NANCY RAFAL

Thursday, January 28

The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay

5:30-8 pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

On Deck:

February 25: Jenna Cornell, D.R. Clowers, Ralph Murre
March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

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

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ALISON TOWNSEND

Tuesday, February 2

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) , 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac

7 pm

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Books Build Community program featuring OSCAR MIRELES, editor of I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin

Saturday, February 6

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

2-4 pm

The Books Build Community program focuses on sharing experiences around a specific book, through formal book clubs and informal book discussions, based off of the successful Fox Cities Reads initiative. Our first selection is I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three Decades of Hispanic Writing, an anthology of essays, poetry, memoirs and fiction by Wisconsin Latina and Latino writers. This book contains the works of 40 writers who are past poets laureate, musicians, academics, activists, law enforcement agents, educators and much more.

For more information contact Adriana McCleer, (920) 832-617, amccleer@apl.org

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YOUTH READERS

Wednesday, February 10

UUF, 10341 Highway 42, 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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Jeanie and Steve Tomasko

Monday, February 15

Poetry Rocks! Reading Series

Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton  

7 pm, featured readers followed by open mike

With her cool, mellifluous Madison intonation, Jeanie Tomasko teases her husband Steve about his “Fox Valley” accent. Steve grew up just down the lake in Oshburg, dontcha-know, and talks, pretty much mostly pretty normal … mostly. Isn’t that right now? Jeanie has written acres of wonderful poems (says her husband, unabashedly) and has produced three printed chapbooks and one online chapbook. She would undoubtedly have more if she didn’t have an aversion to the whole submission game.

Steve has written three tablespoons of poems he’s proud of. His first chapbook was published two days before Christmas. Jeanie and Steve live with three cats, a revolving door of adult children and have a yen for forests, fresh bluegills cooked on a campfire and Lake Superior.

ON DECK AT COPPER ROCK:

March 21                    Soundings: Poets from the Door County anthology

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

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The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet ANDREW HUDGINS and fiction writer ERIN MCGRAW

Thursday, February 18

Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Both are celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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Creative Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, February 3

Kress Family Branch Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere

6-8 pm

Support and networking for writers. Bring your original poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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

Deadline February 1!

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

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CWW 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.

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Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/50705

 

 

 

 

 

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Boswell Authors Have Milwaukee Connections

The following announcements are shamelessly copied and pasted from this month’s newsletter published by Boswell Book Company, owned by CWW’s 2015 Christopher Latham Sholes Award recipient Daniel Goldin:

Celebrate with The Debut of Lindsay Starck’s Novel at the Milwaukee Public Library, Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 pm reception, 6 pm reading.

We’re so excited to help launch another wonderful novel with local roots. Join is to celebrate Noah’s Wife’s release at Central Library’s Schoenleber Reading Room. Noah’s Wife is the story of a community battered by a relentless downpour from the heavens, a gray and wet little town teeming with eccentric characters who have learned to endure the extraordinary circumstances of the rain with astonishing human fortitude and willfulness.

 

Jane Glaser at Boswell is a big fan of the book: “Noah’s Wife is a beautifully written story of a town whose existence is threatened by endlessly drenching rain and for whom the townspeople appear to have lost all hope. The arrival of the newly assigned minister, Noah, cannot seem to break through their despair as he begins to have his own crisis of faith. As the waters rise and threaten the viability of the town’s zoo, its main tourist attraction, it is Noah’s wife who leads a small band of townspeople into rescuing the animals and relocating them to the town’s abandoned shops and people’s houses, lending a bit of gentle humor to the story. Yet, when that effort and sandbagging can no longer hold back the advancing flood risk, the citizens, along with the animals, move to the highest point in the town, the church. Readers will fall in love with an unpredictable cast of characters who truly realize what it takes to rely on each other and ultimately come to share a renewed sense of hope as an unsinkable community!”

We’re not the only ones raving about Starck’s novel. Library Journal calledNoah’s Wife “a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.” And Booklist called it “a quirky tale with several strong characters…her modern-day fable of faith, hope, loss, and illusion is intriguing.” Look out for a profile in theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel book section this Sunday.

 

Lindsay Starck studied literature at Yale and creative writing at Notre Dame. She’s now editor-in-chief of Carolina Quarterly and teaches writing at Chapel Hill. But she was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library, where her mom Lorelei worked for many years. Celebrate with us on Tuesday, January 26, with a reception starting at 5:30 and the talk at 6 pm. Central Library is located at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.
Reminder: Deadline for CWW’s contest entries for work published in 2015 is in 10 days — Feb. 1, 2016.

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Madison Author Receives National Award — Again!

 

Famed children’s author and Madison native Kevin Henkes has done it again. His picture book, Waiting, has been selected by the American Library Association as a Caldecott Honor Book.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is no stranger to the ALA or Caldecott. In 2005, his Kitten’s First Full Moon won the most coveted Caledcott Medal. His book Owen has also received a Caldecott honor. In addition, his books have also received Newbery and Theodore Geisel honors.

According to a report in the Wisconsin State JournalHenkes made headlines by being  “the only author/illustrator to have won across the categories of Caldecott honors and Caldecott Medal, awarded annually for most distinguished picture book for children; Geisel honors, for distinguished beginning reader books; and Newbery honors, for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.”

Henkes, whose books Lilly’s Purple Purse and Chrysanthemum have become beloved children’s classics, has a new book, When Spring Comes, due out next month and another one titled Eggs to be published next year.

Congratulations to Wisconsin’s native star children’s author!

CWW Awards contest are open for entries until February 1, 2016. Nineteen days, including today, to get those entries in!

 

 

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Door County Writing Contest Opens

Alyssa Skiba, the Arts, Entertainment & Literature Editor for the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin, announces that submissions are being accepted for that paper’s annual Hal Prize writing and photography contest.

“Each year,” Skiba says, “we invite fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers, as well as photographers of all ages and backgrounds to submit to our annual contest, which offers publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at our partnering organization, Write On, Door County, and other prizes.

“An online version of our 2015 Hal Prize publication can be found here:  http://issuu.com/doorcountyliving/docs/2015-pulse-lit-issue. Submissions are now being accepted at thehalprize.com.

Questions and requests for more information can be addressed to Skiba at  alyssa.skiba@ppulse.com.

The CWW writing contests deadline for entries for work published in 2015 is February 1, 2016. Go to http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm.

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CWW Contests Deadline Looms

​Feb. 1, 2016. That’s the deadline for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2015 Awards contests, and is just 29 days away!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, which includes book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which were 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 receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions receive $50.

Contest entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 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. Entries are judged by out-of-state judges. Awards will be presented at CWW’s annual awards banquet in May 2016.

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 Feb. 1, 2016.

Included in this year’s CWW awards is its biennial CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1,000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. Nominating letters must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016.  No entry fee is required to make a nomination.

Guidelines, entry forms, and additional information about each category is posted in the awards section of the website at www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. (Scroll down to page 2.)

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

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Upcoming NE Wisconsin WFOP Doings

From WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell:

The Poetry Rocks Series moves to a different date and location for January (typically held at Copper Rock on the 3rd Monday):

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 (2nd Monday!), 7 pm: Favorite Poem Reading @ Acoca Coffee, 500 W. College Ave, Appleton!  Every one is a featured reader — share a favorite poem that is NOT your own!  The traditional open mike will follow, so bring one of your own as well.

Acoca is just 3 blocks west of Copper Rock (same side of the street, across from the PAC).  Click here for the Acoca website.

ON DECK (BACK AT COPPER ROCK):

February 15 – Jeannie and Steve Tomasko

March 21 –  Soundings: Poets from the Door County anthology

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

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 7:00 pm, ETHEL AND TOM DAVIS 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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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, TIMOTHY WALSH at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm, followed by an open mic. 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 rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 6-8 PM, ESTELLA LAUTER & NANCY RAFAL, 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.

On Deck:

February 25: Jenna Cornell, D.R. Clowers, Ralph Murre
March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7 pm: Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) hosts ALISON TOWNSEND – first poet to receive the UW-Whitewater Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award. FREE event begins with reading in THELMA’s Café 1906 at 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. An open mic will follow for any others who would like to read. Cash bar will be available. For more information: www.thelmaarts.org or920.921.5410

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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WEDNESDAY, January 6, 6-8 pm, 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.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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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.

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Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/50705

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