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CWW News Now on CWW Website

CWW News is moving!

The Council for Wisconsin Writers blog is now part of CWW’s redesigned website at Consequently, the blog at this site is being retired. Everyone who follows this blog will have to resubscribe to the blog at its new location. We apologize for this inconvenience, but think that, once resubscribed, followers will find it more convenient because it won’t be necessary to go from one site to another to get CWW news and information.


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Madison Book Launch with Pizza

Award-winning Madison-based writer Angela Woodward is celebrating the publication of her new novel on April 8 with free pizza and a cash bar.

Here are the details in her news release:

Pizza & Book Launch

Friday, April 8, 6 to 9 PM

Basement of Glass Nickel Pizza East, Madison, WI

Join Angela Woodward in launching her new novel Natural Wonders (winner of The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize). 

Free pizza, a cash bar, and copies of Natural Wonders available for purchase for $15. 

For more info about Angela Woodward, visit:
We’ve also created a Facebook event page for the launch that you can find here:

Angela’s novella End of the Fire Cult received honorable mention in CWW’s  2010 Anne Powers Book-Length Fiction contest.
Check out all of CWW writing contests at

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News About Wisconsin’s Writers of Children’s Literature

Picture-book author Miranda Paul says the Library of Congress Young Reader’s Center has posted the video of the Booktalking session she did in Washington D.C. for Earth Day 2015. (Link:
Also, Miranda’s new book Whose Hands Are These
came out last month. Her launch party will be at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. All are all invited to come, and feel free to invite friends or family.
Children’s writer JoAnn Early Macken will be among poets reading on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at  Mount Mary University’s  Writers on Writing series. The event will take place in  Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall). More details here:
Author and literary agent Sheri Bestor’s picture book Good Trick, Walking Stick!
has been released by Sleeping Bear Press.
Picture book maven Janet Halfmann (I’ve lost count of the many fabulous books she’s had published!) has a new book, Grandma is a Slowpoke,
Grandma Is a Slowpoke
published by Star Bright Books, which came out last month.

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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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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.


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


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 or call 920.854.7559.


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 or Mandi Isaacson at


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

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


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: or920.921.5410



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.



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.

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

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Wisconsin Author’s Book Gets National Attention

Best Picture Books of 2015

Best Non-Fiction
Water is Water by Miranda Paul, ill. Jason Chin (Macmillan)


Creative nonfiction at its best. Chin has a confident yet subtle style that brings to mind a modern day Norman Rockwell. Paired with Paul’s rhythmic text, this exploration of the water cycle will not only teach today’s children, but will also serve as a useful refresher for older readers as well.

Mianda’s Water is Water also made the Minnesota Public Radio’s list of best children’s books to give this year:

Miranda’s award-winning non-fiction picture book One Plastic Bag debuted in February of this year.   

See Council for Wisconsin Writers’ website at for more award-winning books and for entry forms for CWW’s annual writing contests. Entry deadline is Jan. 1, 2016.

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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:


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