Monthly Archives: February 2016

Plethora of Milwaukee Book Events for Readers

Just about as amazing as the huge number of prolific and successful writers in Wisconsin is the fantastic array of Boswell Book Company events CWW Christopher Latham Sholes Award winner Daniel Goldin schedules at his Milwaukee book store and other area venues. Goldin also publishes a newsletter that includes listings of these events. Here’s the most recent issue:

Boswell Book Company

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

(414) 332-1181,

Our Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

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Boswell Book Company Newsletter               February 15, 2016, day 2510.
Announcing a very special event at the Riverside Theater. Nick Offerman, best known as Ron Swanson from NBC’sParks and Recreation will be appearing on Thursday, April 7, 7 pm for a special celebration of the paperback release of Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. Tickets are only $20, plus taxes and fees, and include a paperback copy of Gumption. A signing will follow the presentation. We will not be able to take signed copy requests for this event, but we may have signed copies after the show. And while many of you are not going to make the decision to attend based on how good the book is, here’s a good review from Bill Jones at the AV Club anyway.
Unlike Offerman’s last year’s sold-out appearances with Megan Mullally, this is really a book talk. It’s like going to an event at Boswell, only with a really, really, really popular actor, writer, and humorist. And don’t forget, the Riverside Theater event will have assigned seats, so it’s not like many of our other events where you can buy your tickets at the last minute and still get there early and sit in the first row. The best seats will go to the folks who buy their tickets early. And the Riverside has a special presale period, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with. The presale starts Wednesday, February 17 at 12 noon, with ticket sales available to the general public on Friday at Midnight. As Boswell subscribers, you have an in; just use code GUMPTION.
Robin Pickering-Iazzi on the Mafia and Italian Culture, Wednesday, February 17, 7 pm, at Boswell.

The mafia continues to cast a long shadow over the way Italian culture is depicted in popular culture. What is their influence in contemporary Italian life? To measure the size of the mafia’s real-life footprint, Robin Pickering-Iazzi, author of The Mafia in Italian Lives and Literature: Life Sentences and Their Geographies, draws on a wide variety of documents and texts from 1990 to the present, including diaries, testimonies, fiction, films, online video postings, and contributions to anti-mafia social networks. Through engagement with these voices, and a wider selection of texts and the latest theoretical approaches, Pickering-Iazzi encourages renewed critical reflection on the mafia’s role in Italian society, while shedding light on our understandings of crime fiction, Sicily and Sicilian identity in literature, the discursive strategies of the new Italian epic, and the cultural and social functions of storytelling.
In this University of Toronto Press blog, Pickering-Iazzi discusses how she was inspired by the private diaries of Rita Atria, a young woman who turned state’s witness but committed suicide after the Mafia bombings of 1992, fearing for her own life. Robin Pickering-Iazzi is a professor in the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of the widely acclaimed anthology Mafia and Outlaw Stories from Italian Life and Literature. Pickering-Iazzi will appear at Boswell on Wednesday, February 17, 7 pm.
A Tale of World War II Germany from Kenneth Kapp, Thursday, February 18, 7 pm, at Boswell. 

Over the years, Kenneth M. Kapp has worked in turns as a researcher and teacher of mathematics, an artist, and as an industry professional at IBM. These days he is a writer, yoga instructor, and the founder of KMK Books. Now he debuts his first novel The Slow and Painful Awakening of Herr Wilhelm Neimann, a suspenseful tale of a man who returns from war to find the inhabitants of his small German village battling themselves and each other for sanity.
Wilhelm Neimann returned from the eastern front in 1944 shattered on many levels. He was a hero but the medals could not make up for the life he had planned as a teenager, the university position he had hoped for was now beyond his reach. He teaches history in a gymnasium in Schweinfort, a small village in southwestern Germany. As he becomes part of this small community, one where Jews always found refuge and rescue, he must find his own final solution. He and the villagers are challenged by a small group of students, the Jugendknote. One of them is convinced that the ashes from crematoria have entered into the food chain, making all Germans Jewish, from the inside out. Two others are determined to find the SS officer that killed their uncle during the war. Schweinfort has its own story going back centuries.
Kapp will be speaking at Boswell on Thursday, February 18, 7 pm.
Criminal Gang Researcher John Hagedorn Rescheduled at Boswell for Friday, February 19, 7 pm.

The In$ane Chicago Way is the untold story of a daring plan by Chicago gangs in the 1990s to create a Spanish Mafia-and why it failed. John M. Hagedorn traces how Chicago Latino gang leaders, following in Al Capone’s footsteps, built a sophisticated organization dedicated to organizing crime and reducing violence. His lively stories of extensive cross-neighborhood gang
 organization, tales of police/gang corruption, and discovery of covert gang connections to Chicago’s Mafia challenge conventional wisdom and offer lessons for the control of violence today.

John Hagedorn is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is also author of People and Folksand Forsaking Our Children, and editor of Female Gangs in America,. For more information, read this Chicago Reader piece from Annette Elliot in which Hagedorn discusses how he got information from “Sal Martino.”

Speculative Great Brandon Sanderson Returns to Boswell on Tuesday, February 23, 7 pm.

From Brandon Sanderson, the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the #1-New-York-Times-bestselling Reckoners series. Brandon Sanderson is also the author of the Stormlight Archive series, and was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in 25+ languages and have sold millions of copies. And great news for fans of his Alcatraz series – they are now being rereleased.
Here’s a little more about Calamity from the publisher. When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the leader of the Reckoners, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back….But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics – Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.
Brandon Sanderson (photo credit Nazrilof) will speak on Tuesday, February 23, 7 pm, at Boswell, followed by a signing. He will personalize up to three books, and sign all books, new and old, as well as memorabilia, but alas, not body parts. We’ll have line letters available for the signing starting at 5 pm. For families with young children, pregnant, and the disabled, please ask for a special X letter. Yes, we’ll have backlist hardcovers for sale – you can call to have a particular copy held. And of course you can also order Calamity or The Bands of Mourning (released January) or The Shadows of Self (released November 2015) or even the much-coveted Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (reissued February 2016)
Don’t Miss a Ticketed Event with LeVar Burton at UWM on Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm.

The Distinguished Lecture Series at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Geek Week present LeVar Burton. An acclaimed actor, producer and writer, recognized globally for his commitment to promoting literacy, LeVar Burton has been entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences around the world for four decades. Burton rose to fame playing Kunta Kinte in Roots at the age of 19, achieved further acclaim as Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for 26 years, hosted the acclaimed Reading Rainbow program on PBS. And now he has his own Reading Rainbow book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.

Tickets to this talk, “LeVar Burton: From Roots to Reading Rainbow: The Power of Stories,” are $10 for non-UWM students, $12 for the campus community, and $14 to the general public, with a $2 discount if you purchase in advance. Admission to the event at the Wisconsin Room at the UWM Union is free to UWM students, but you must register to guarantee admission. Call (414) 229-5780 or for more information about Burton’s appearance on Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm. This event is sponsored by UWM Student Involvement, Geek Culture Corp., and Sociocultural Programming.

More February and March Events at Boswell.

Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm, at Boswell: Joel Kriofske, author of And Good Night to All the Beautiful Young Women: A Tale of Episodic Dementia – The Parent Becomes the Child.

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm, at Boswell: J.A. White, author of The Thickety V3: Well of Witches. We’re having a free pizza party with pizza from Ian’s Pizza. We request that you register here. Of the new book, Boswellian Jen Steele says: “The third installment of The Thickety is magically action packed. It does not disappoint!”

Monday, February 29, 7 pm, at Boswell: Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, March 1, 7 pm, at the Virginia Henes Young Theater, USM, 2100 W. Fairy Chasm Rd in River Hills: Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. (Photo credit Robert Muller)

Tuesday March 1, 7 pm, at Boswell: Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Cosponsored byCommunity Advocates Public Policy Institute.

Wednesday, March 2, 7 pm, at Boswell: Mary Rickert, Cedarburg author of the story collection,You Have Never Been Here, as well as the novel, The Memory Garden.

Wednesday, March 2, 7 pm, at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N Terrace Ave: a ticketed event with Peter Hatch author of A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Admission is $25, $20 for FOVT members. Sign up on their Facebook pag or calll (414) 271-3656.

Monday, March 7, 6:30 pm, at the new Oak Creek Public Library, 8040 S Sixth St: Alison McGhee and Kathi Appelt, authors of Maybe a Fox.

Tuesday, March 8, 7 pm, at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Pl: Lucie Amundsen, author of Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm – From Scratch. Suggested donation of $10 for this event, $5 for Urban Ecology Center members. (Photo credit Rolf Hagberg)

Wednesday, March 9, 7 pm, at Boswell: Brittany Cavallaro, author of A Study in Charlotte, a young adult contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes from a recent student at the UWM creative writing PhD program. (Photo credit Kit Williamson)

Wednesday, March 9, 7 pm, at the UWM Golda Meir Conference Center, 2311 E Hartford Ave: Samuel Kassow, editor of In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz. This event is sponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM.

Thursday, March 10, 6:30 pm, at Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W Greenfield Ave: Lauren Tarshis, author of I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937. This is Tarshis’s first national tour! (Photo credit David Dreyfuss)

Thursday, March 10, 7 pm, at Boswell: Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, this tour is made possible by the Irish Arts Center (new York). Boswellian Anne McMahon is in love with this book!

Friday, March 11, 6:30 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St: Markus Zusak, appearing for The Book Thief Tenth Anniversary Edition. Also available in a special hardcover.

Friday, March 11, 7 pm, at Boswell: Amina Gautier, author of The Loss of All Lost Things, winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Prize.

More on the Boswell upcoming events page!

Five Reasons Why We Need a Kids Newsletter, At Least Occasionally.

1. We have so many kids* events! Forward it to your friends.
2. We have more book recommendations for kids than space in our traditional email newsletter.
3. Kids want to subscribe to our newsletter, but sometimes it needs a bit of an explanation from mom, dad, or another adult.
4. As part of our attempt to build school outreach, we want to let folks know about authors doing school visits for Boswell that have no public event component. Next time maybe your school could be in the running for Linda Sue Park, who is visiting schools on March 1. Her schedule is booked but we have lots more authors making school visits in the coming months. Contact Todd for more information.
5. Why not? Sign up for our kids newsletter here.

With a pitch like that, we better offer up at least a couple of recommendations from kids books. From Barbara Katz, here is a favorable review for ABC Dream, written and illustrated by Kim Krans: “Striking black and white illustrations highlighted by bold splashes of color on each page create this beautiful alphabet book. Each letter of the alphabet has from one to eight objects readers can look for and identify, like H for hedgehog, hat, hinges and hearts. Readers could easily tell a story for each letter, as for example, M: a mouse looks into a mirror while standing near mountains and is under the moon. Plenty of white spaces on each page highlight the bold graphics. This is a special and unique book!”
With more snow on the way, Todd Wellman recommends Arctic White, a picture book written by Danna Smith, with illustrations by Lee White: “The world is all sorts of white in the Arctic, so the people who live there learn the shades of difference they see — and celebrate the bright alterations of the night sky — care of the aurora borealis. The main character expresses appreciation for the starkness of the landscape as well as the hope found in realizing joy may arise when a mind is inspired to find it.”
And finally, a big shout out to Thelma Lynne Godin, a writer who was a regular at the old Brookfield location of the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, whose new book is How to Dress a Dragon, with illustrations by Eric Barclay. As the text notes: “If you have to dress a dragon, you must be prepared to catch him as he flies by. Also, beware of ticklish toes, shirts with buttons, and hats that do not fit neatly between his horns.” Honestly, dragons do not like shirts. But they do like capes. Kirkus Reviews writes:  Simple, direct text and the extra-large dragon squeezing into tiny clothes–plus the underwear endpapers–make for fine fun.”
Oh, and don’t forget, our kids newsletter, along with our book club emails, are quite irregular. To keep up with our events, including the most current info on our kids programming, continue to subscribe to our general email newsletter.
“The Snow” is a Fantastical Grimmsian Tale, Opening at First Stage on February 26.

Milwaukee is so lucky to have a children’s theater company like First Stage! So much of their programming is adapted from great books, like their most recent production of Holes, based on the Louis Sachar novel. But First Stage is also initiating great original pieces as well. As part of The Wisconsin Cycle, celebrating the history and people of Wisconsin, First Stage is pleased to present The Snow. This play is a world premiere, written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, commissioned and developed by First Stage with Oregon Children’s Theatre and Magic Theatre, debuting on February 26, and running through March 20.

Here’s a little more about The Snow. When an epic snowfall seemingly imprisons the residents of the tiny village of Kishka, young Theodore Sutton proposes the villagers build a catapult to fling him and send six of the village’s bravest and strongest out over the snow in search of a solution. The catapult is hastily assembled, and Theodore and the heroes are launched over the snow and into the grandest of adventures. Whimsical and humorous, dark and mysterious, heartfelt and sincere, this is a fantastical Grimmsian tale for the entire family, with a caveat that Theodore’s journey leads him to confront danger, loss, and the darkness.
Performances for The Snow run Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the premiere on Friday, February 26, 7 pm. Tickets range from $12.50 to $32.50, with a special sensory-friendly performance on March 5. Grants from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, the Milwaukee Arts Board, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the State of Wisconsin made the presentation possible, with more help from media sponsor The Shepherd Express.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum at the Centennial Hall, Saturday, February 27, 5 pm book signing, 6 pm performance.

While the America’s Black Holocaust Museum currently does not have a physical home, it lives on as a nonprofit, continuing the work of Dr. James Cameron. At the upcoming “Black Voices Matter!: A Celebration of Art and Culture,” the group will be celebrating the release of the new edition of Cameron’s work, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story, which continues to be used in coursework.

The doors open at 5 pm for a book signing and unveiling of a new museum exhibit. And then at 6 pm, there is a performance of three one-act plays. Safe, by Georgia Douglas-Johnson, is a domestic drama set in 1889 and is performed by the Hansberry-Sands Theater Company. The Survivor, performed by Reggie Jackson, with vocalist Erika Wade, is inspired by the writings of Cameron. And A Walk with Ida B. Wells is a one-woman piece from Marti Gobel, inspired by Wells’s work as a journalist and activist.

The Museum will be selling books at their event, but we expect to have copies for sale at Boswell shortly. The celebration begins 5 pm on February 27, at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth St.53233. Visit Eventbrite for tickets, which are $35 for adults, $55 including a book, and $13 for students.

So we’re already getting requests for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2, the new script book arriving on July 31. It’s based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, and the new play by Jack Thorne debuts in London’s West End on July 30.
In this eighth installment, Harry Potter is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Can you preorder here? Yes, you can! And yes, it will be a Boswell’s Best title, at 20% off.
Congratulations to Carly, who is leaving to be an archivist! And as always, thank you for your patronage and apologies for the typos,

Daniel Goldin with Amie, Anne, Barb, Carly, Caroline, Chris, Conrad, Jason, Jane, Jen, Kelli, Mel, Olivia, Pam, Peter, Scott, Sharon, and Teasha, Tim, Todd



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Contests Are Closed, Best Wishes to All

Entries are closed for the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ contests. The deadline was Monday, Feb. 1.  Entries are on their way to the judges. The Board of Directors and everyone with CWW wish all the best to all Wisconsin writers who entered their work. We look forward to the judges’ selections and to seeing everyone at our awards banquet in May. Watch this space and the CWW website at for details.



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February News from WFOP

Here is Wisconsin Fellowship of Poet’s Cathryn Cofell’s monthly update:


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 or call 920.854.7559.


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.


March 21                    Soundings: Poets from the Door County anthology

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at



​Tuesday, February 23

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 or Mandi Isaacson at


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



Thursday, February 25

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


pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

On Deck:

March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

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





Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets.

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

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

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

* 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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Upcoming Event in Mt. Mary’s “Writers on Writing” Series

Here’s info about this event:

Writers On Writing Series

The Mount Mary University Master of Arts in English program presents this series that brings best-selling authors to campus to talk about their published work, their process and their craft.

Upcoming Events

Writers on Writing: Featuring Poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken

Paulette BeeteTuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall)

Writers on Writing featuring poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken who will read from their work, examine the poetry writing process, and discuss the world of poetry. Event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Karen Murray or 414-930-3359. Reserve your spot below.

Paulette Beete’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals, including Crab Orchard ReviewGargoyleEscape into LifeFound Poetry ReviewBeltway Poetry Quarterly, and many others. She’s the author of the chapbooks Blues for a Pretty Girl (Finishing Line Press) and Voice Lessons (Plan B Press), and her work appears in the anthologies Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. She blogs (occasionally) at

JoAnn Early MackenJoAnn Early Macken is the author of five picture books and more than 130 educational books for children. Her rhyming picture book Baby Says “Moo!” is now a padded board book. Waiting Out the Storm received a starred review in Booklist and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received the Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award.

JoAnn’s poems appear in many children’s magazines and anthologies, including the 2015 Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Her poetry instruction guide Write a Poem Step by Step is based on her workshops.

JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education writing courses at four Wisconsin colleges. JoAnn speaks to writers of all ages and contributes to the Teaching Authors group blog. Visit her web site at

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Milkweed Editions Poetry Contest Opens for Entries

Abby Travis, Engagement Coordinator at Milkweed Editions sends the following information about that organization’s poetry contest.

Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.  Established in 2011 with the aim of supporting outstanding poets and bringing their work to a national stage, the prize will award $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript. The winner will be selected from among five finalists by an independent judge.

2016 Judge: A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections of poems: Rise(2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2004), Quantum Lyrics (2007), and The Cineaste (2013). Jordan has received a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, most recently, the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. He is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.


A conversation between two winners of the prize can be found here.


  • Submissions for this regional prize will be accepted only from poets currently residing in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
  • The work must not be currently under consideration for publication by Milkweed Editions.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, with the stipulation that poets alert Milkweed Editions immediately if a manuscript they’ve submitted to the contest has been accepted elsewhere.
  • The submitted manuscript must be unpublished, though individual poems may have been previously published.
  • Submissions for the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry will be accepted annually during a specified submission period. There is no entry fee.
  • Five finalists will be selected by the editors at Milkweed Editions. The prizewinning collection will be selected from among the finalists by a critically acclaimed poet who is to be named at the beginning of each prize submission period. All finalists will be notified.
  • The winning collection will be announced annually in April/May. The prizewinner will receive $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. Prizewinning collections will be published annually the winter following announcement of the winner.
  • Poets should refrain from entering the contest if their relationship to the judge in a given year constitutes a conflict of interest, and Milkweed Editions reserves the right to disqualify any entries deemed to jeopardize the integrity of the contest. Poets published by Milkweed Editions within the preceding two years are not eligible to enter the contest. Submissions will not be accepted from employees of Lindquist & Vennum, LLP, The Minneapolis Foundation, or Milkweed Editions, their families, or relations.


  • Submissions for the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry are open through March 1, 2016. This year’s judge is A. Van Jordan.
  • All entries must be received in hard copy ONLY, and must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2016 in order to be eligible for the prize. Emailed submissions or those submitted via our online Submission Manager will not be considered.
  • Poets may submit one complete, book-length collection of poetry.
  • Please include a single loose cover sheet providing the following information:

Poet’s name:

About your submission
Title of manuscript:
Total page count:
Titles of the individual poems within that have been previously published:

About you
Please include a brief biographical paragraph.

  • No identifying information appear on the manuscript itself. The cover sheet will not be made available to the judge.

    Do not include the author’s name as a header or footer, or on title pages. (If the poet’s name appears within the body of the text, please omit it, line it out with permanent marker, or use a pseudonym.)

  • Manuscripts should be stapled or secured with a paperclip. Please include a title page (with author’s name omitted) and table of contents. Pages must be numbered.
  • Address all submissions for the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry to:

ATTN: Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry
Milkweed Editions
1011 Washington Avenue South
Open Book, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415

  • Improperly addressed or incomplete submissions cannot be guaranteed consideration for the prize.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.

If you have any questions not answered here, please contact our office at (612) 332-3192.

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Today’s the Day! CWW Contest Entry Deadline

All entries postmarked by midnight tonight, Feb. 1, 2016, will be eligible for the Council for Wisconsin Writers contests for work published in 2015.

Prizes of $500 and a 1-week residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts are awarded to winners in categories 1-7. An honorable mention with an award of $50 may be selected in each of these categories. The Essay Award for Young Writers winner receives $250.

Categories include:

1. Zona Gale Short Fiction Award

2. Edna Meudt Book-Length Poetry Award

3. Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award

4. Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award

5. Norbert Blei/August Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award

6. Edna Ferber Book-Length Fiction Award

7. Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award (Use the Special Instructions)

8. Essay Award for Young Writers (Use the Special Instructions)

Rules and entry forms are at (Overview on page 1, Rules listed on pages 2-3, Entry Form and Instructions on pages 4-5)

We hope to get lots of entries!


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