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Geoff Gilpin, who serves as president of the Council for Wisconsin Writers, took some psychedelic journeys recently, but it was for science.
Gilpin, author of the memoir The Maharishi Effect: A Personal Journey Through the Spiritual Movement That Transformed America is quoted in a recent Wisconsin State Journal article about his experience in a pharmacokinetics study being conducted by UW-Madison’s School of Pharmacy.
Specifically, the study is to assist scientists assess the potential of psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic ingredient found in “magic mushrooms,” to “ease the minds of patients with cancer and other conditions,” according to the WSJ article.
Gilpin, who is conducting research for a book on psychedelics he’s working on, says that the study sessions he’s participated in have resulted in interesting journeys. His blog is here.
More information about Gilpin and the Council for Wisconsin Writers is at www.wiswriters.org.
The fantastic (and free) Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival is this weekend, October 9-11, in Sheboygan at these three beautiful venues: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, and Bookworm Gardens. The festival features programming for children, teens, and adults with 16 authors and illustrators presenting at those three venues. A number of Wisconsin SCBWI members will be speaking, including Miranda Paul, Ann Angel, Andrea Skyberg, Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer and JoAnn Early Macken.
Here’s the link to full details: http://sheboyganchildrensbookfestival.org/
Congratulations to Wisconsin poets Ed Werstein and Sylvia Cavanaugh for their recent wins in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s annual contest. Ed won two first-place awards and an honorable mention, and Sylvia received a second-place award.
Ed and Sylvia with be reading Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Copper Rock Coffee Company in Appleton at 210 W College Avenue.
CWW salutes Ed and Sylvia.
More about CWW at www.wiswriters.org
Deadline is the end of this month — Sept. 30.
A few Wisconsin Academy Fellows (clockwise from upper left): George Archibald, Jean Feraca, Michael Dombeck, Bassam Shakhashiri, Lorrie Moore, Betty Ferris, James Thomson, Ben Sidran, Emily Auerbach, Barbara Brown Lee, Lee Weiss, Richard Davidson
Help recognize Wisconsin’s best and brightest:
Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to Wisconsin? Do you have a friend or colleague who is highly esteemed for his or her judgment, perceptiveness, and breadth of knowledge? Does this person possess a keen understanding of how literature, art, and/or science contribute to the cultural life and health of our state? Is there an educator, mentor, civic or business leader in your community whose career is marked by a high order of discovery and technological accomplishment; creative achievement in the arts (e.g. literature, visual art, music); historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; philosophical thinking; or public service?
If so, you might know a future Wisconsin Academy Fellow.
The highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy, the Fellows award acknowledges a high level of accomplishment as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. Anyone can nominate a prospective Fellow for consideration. So now is the perfect time to nominate the extraordinary individuals in your community who have made invaluable contributions to the sciences, the arts, and the cultural life of our state.
Nominations are now open—until September 30th! Click here to sumbit a nomination.
Visit our Wisconsin Academy Fellows page to get more information and to submit your nomination through our new online form. Questions about the nomination process may be directed via e-mail to Aaron Fai or call 608-263-1692 ext. 14.
About the Wisconsin Academy Fellows
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters invites members of the public to join them at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners. Fiction readers include: Nikki Kallio (Hortonville), Erica Kanesaka Kalnay (Madison), and Kathryn Gahl (Appleton). Poetry readers include Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Lisa Vihos (Sheboygan), Sean Avery (Madison), and Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee).
More information about this event and the Academy’s quarterly magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas‘s annual writing contests is at www.wisconsinacademy.org/events/wisconsin-people-ideas-2015-fiction-and-poetry-contest-reading#sthash.Nm1AsxSj.dpuf
Information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ annual contests, which will be open for entries from Nov. 1-Jan. 31, is at www.wiswriters.org.
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.