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News from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

APR 15 at  6:30 p.m. CATHRYN COFELL & CHUCK RYBAKThe Kress Family Library, 333 N. Broadway, DePere. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading and audience Q&A.  Cathryn is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks.  Chuck is a UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of English and the author of war </war> and Tongue and Groove, both published by Main Street Rag. For more information call 920-448-4407.

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APR 14, ​7 pm, STUDENT INVITATIONAL:  The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts presents a reading by area university students.  The reading begins at 7 p.m. with an open-mic following the featured readers. The event is free and refreshments are available. THELMA, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI.  For more information call 920-921-5410 or email marywehner@charter.net.

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​APR 20, 6:45 pm,​ ​LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY STUDENT INVITATIONAL, featured at the WFOP Poetry 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.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at  pses@sbcglobal.net.

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APR 24 ​Wine & Words Happy Hour, 4-5 pm​ at the Captain’s Walk Winery, 345 S. Adams Street, Green Bay: A unique event for the month of April in historic downtown Green Bay. Sample Captain’s Walk Winery’s New World wines in an Old World setting while enjoying the  spoken word poetry of Nathan J Reid, poet, actor and singer from Madison., Wisconsin. www.nathanj.reid.com
APR 24, ​Bay Area Spoken Word Event, 7-8 pm ​at Barnes & Noble, 2498 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay: targets​ a younger adult audience looking for self-expression. Featuring Nathan J. Reid performing his spoken word poetry. Nathan will also demo and share his experiences with slam poetry, one of the most vital movements in poetry today. The event is open to whatever level of participation is comfortable for the audience.

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APR 26, 10​:00 am​​, ​UUFDC celebrates National Poetry Month at its service. Twelve Door County poets will read new poems they’ve written on the topic “Voices From The Earth.” All are welcome.

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APR 28,  ESTELLA LAUTER at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm: In the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Pick up your edibles, walk on back til you see us. The section is cozy and much quieter! So come early to treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the 6:15 reading.  Estella Lauter is Professor Emerita at UW-Oshkosh. Her first chapbook, Pressing a Life Together By Hand (2007), appeared in the New Women’s Voices series from Finishing Line Press, and was nominated for two Pushcart prizes.  For more info, contact mandiisaacson@gmail.com

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APR 30, 6-8 PM, PHIL HANSOTIA & WENDY SCHMIDT, Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.  Phil Hansotia is a retired physician who moved to Ellison Bay in Door County from Marshfield, Wisconsin, in 2004. He is a member of the Wallace Poetry Group and an active member of the WFOP and has published widely. Wendy L. Schmidt has been published in Daily Flash, Haunted Object, No Rest for the Wicked, Verse Wisconsin, Chicago Literati, City Lake Poets, Brawler, Rebelle Society, Autumn Magic and many more. She has two blogs filled with poetry and fun photos entitled, She’s Got A Short Fuse and Bumpy Night Publications. She is also last year’s winner of the Reedsburg Farm/Art Passwords Contest.  For more info:  torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

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THE FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS: APRIL 20-26, 2015!  

​This year’s featured poet is the nationally acclaimed JERICHO BROWN!!

Poetry events occur throughout the week, with Saturday, April 25 declared as POETRY DAY! All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.  Check out the brief schedule below, but be sure to visit http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ for details, ​updates and information on all of the authors:

  • ​Tues, Apr 21: 7:00 pm​, Mill Literary Awards, ​Appleton Public Library
  •  Wed, Apr 22: 5:30 pm, ​Karla Huston, Why Poetry Matters, ​Neenah Public Library
  • ​Thurs, Apr 23: ​4:30 pm,​ Cynthia Marie Hoffman Reading, ​Lawrence University –Wriston Art Hoffmaster Gallery
  •  ​Fri, ​Apr 24, 2015:​ 4:30 pm​ Fox Cry Review reading with Sarah Gilbert, ​UW-Fox Valley, Room 1346, Menasha​
  •  5:30 pm​, Jericho Brown craft talk, ​UW-Fox Valley, Room 1346, Menasha​
  • 7:00 pm​ Book Festival​ Fundraiser ($20)​:  Doc Al Mehl, The Cowboy Poet, ​OuterEdge Stage, Appleton​
  • ​Sat, Apr 25,​ all events at the Atlas Coffee Mill in Appleton:​
  •  ​10:30 am: Jericho Brown won the American Book Award for his first collection Please. His recently published second collection The New Testament has been called an “encounter [with] devastating genius.” Will hearing Jericho Brown read poetry change your life?  Undoubtedly.
  • ​Noon: ​Kimberly Blaeser makes her first appearance in Appleton as Wisconsin Poet Laureate!
  • ​​1:30 pm: Poets Among Us with Cathryn Cofell, Bill Gillard and Megan Gannon! ​

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May 2, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, 5th Annual “Language of Nature” Poetry Reading and Discussion, Maywood Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, WI 53083. Free Program.  $1 donation for printed materials appreciated. Led by Maryann Hurtt, Georgia Ressmeyer, and Marilyn Zelke-Windau. We’ll read from our own poetry and encourage you to bring 1-2 nature poems of your own, or favorites by others, to read and discuss. Pre-registration preferred (call Maywood at 920-459-3906 for registration and directions).  After the program, tours of the park will be offered, weather permitting.

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Upcoming WFOP events

The information below, provided by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell, lacks exact location/addresses for some events, but links to websites and email addresses are included, so that information should be easy to find.

SAT, FEB 28 at 7:00 pm:  Words on Fire, Door Community Auditorium.  Musicians pair with poets to create a real coffeehouse atmosphere. Nothing decaf here, just great music and verse presented by some of Door County’s finest and a few featured guests from the south including Cathryn Cofell with Obvious Dog (Bill Orth and Bruce Dethlefsen).  For tickets ($15) or more information, visit http://www.dcauditorium.org/coffeehouse-concertreading-words-on-fire-featuring-door-county-musicians-and-poets/#.VNfWsFXF_EI

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Also, be sure to check out the great variety of writing opportunities beginning February 16 at The Mill, A Place for Writers by visiting https://www.facebook.com/TheMillAPlaceForWriters 

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Sadly, we’ve received word that The Oshkosh Scene is now defunct, so do not send submissions their way anymore 😦

Check out all the other great events coming up in Feb below!

WED, FEB 11 at 7:00 P.M. YOUTH READERS featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

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MON, FEB 16, the WFOP Poetry Series at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton features Andrew McSorley, Melissa Range, and Austin Segrest. 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. 

Melissa Range’s first book of poems, Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010), won the 2010 Walt McDonald Prize in Poetry. Range is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Recent poems have appeared in 32 PoemsEcotone, Image, New England ReviewSubtropics, and other journals. Originally from East Tennessee, she currently lives in Wisconsin, where she is an assistant professor of English at Lawrence University.

Originally from Alabama, Austin Segrest teaches English at Lawrence. As a PhD student at Missouri, he was poetry editor of The Missouri Review. His poems appear in The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and Blackbird.

Andrew McSorley is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His poems have appeared in The Minnesota Review, Blue Earth Review, Lindenwood Review, Rougarou, and the anthology, Vision/Verse 2009-2013. He lives in Appleton where he works at the Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence University. You can find him there, shuttling books across the country from the comfortable confines of the Interlibrary Loan Department.

ON DECK AT COPPER ROCK 

Mar 16: Richard Swanson and Timothy Walsh

Apr 20: Lawrence University Students

For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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Sat., Feb. 21, Georgia Ressmeyer & Marilyn Zelke-Windau will appear at the Paradigm (coffee house and eatery), 1202 N. 8thStreet, Sheboygan, from 2-4 p.m., to read from and sign their new poetry books: Waiting to Sail by Ressmeyer and Momentary Ordinaryby Zelke-Windau.  They invite other poets to bring a poem to read during the open mic portion of the event.  For more info, contactgjressmeyer@sbcglobal.net.

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TUES, FEB 24, C. KUBASTA at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm: In the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Pick up your edibles, walk on back til you see us. The section is cozy and much quieter!  Kubasta attended Wells College and received an MFA in poetry from The University of Notre Dame.  A Lovely Box was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals. Check her website: http://ckkubasta60.wix.com/ckubasta  She currently teaches English and Gender Studies at Marian University, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She lives with her beloved John, cat Cliff, and dog Ursula. For more info about this reading series, contact mandiisaacson@gmail.com

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THURS, FEB 26, ANGELA SORBY, 4:30 pm in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University​ in Appleton. Contact melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu for more info.

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THURS, FEB 26, SARAH GILBERT & MARK FALCONE, 6-8 pm:  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.

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WFOP Coming Attractions

Here’s news of upcoming events for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets:

MON, JAN 12, the WFOP Poetry Series moves to its new home at Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton.  We invite you to arrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments and sign up for the open reading, with the featured readers beginning promptly at 7, followed by an open reading.  First up:  Thomas J. Erickson and C. Kubasta.  

Thomas J. Erickson grew up in Kohler, Wisconsin.  He received a BA from Beloit College in English Composition and a law degree from Marquette University.  His poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Review, Quiddity International Literary Review, Mad Poet’s Review, The New Poet, and Slant. , His chapbook, “The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom” (Parallel Press, 2013) was awarded second place in the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Contest.    He is an attorney in Milwaukee where he is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets.

C. Kubasta attended Wells College and received an MFA in poetry from The University of Notre Dame.  Her work experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices. A Lovely Boxwas published by Finishing Line Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including So To Speak, Stand, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, and The Notre Dame Review. Check out her website: http://ckkubasta60.wix.com/ckubasta She currently teaches English and Gender Studies at Marian University, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She lives with her beloved John, cat Cliff, and dog Ursula.

For more information, contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

​ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Feb 16: Andrew McSorley, Melissa Hope Range, Charles Austin Segrest

Mar 16: Richard Swanson and Timothy Walsh

Apr 20: Lawrence University Students

ADDITIONAL READINGS

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TUES, JAN 6 at ​ 7 p.m.:  ​The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts  presents the FAVORITE POEM PROJECT:  local “celebs” and the audience are invited up to read a poem from a favorite poet (not one of their own).  Check outhttp://www.favoritepoem.org/! THELMA, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI.  The event is free. Refreshments are available.

WED, JAN 14 at 7:00 P.M. DAVID CLOWERS, featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 THURS., JAN 27, DAVID CLOWERS at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm: We are now reading in the game room beyond the cafe portion of the building. Pick up your edibles, walk on back.  You’ll take a little jog to the left and keep on til you see us. It is not far. The section is cozy and much quieter so we may all hear better. So come early to treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the 6:15 reading. Tom ​is the ​author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, read.  An open mic will follow where participants may read a poem of their own or one that they love.

​ So 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 7:30Looking forward to seeing you at the beginning of another wonderful year of POETRY in Oshkosh.

Last Thursdays, 6-8 pm:

​Featured Reader(s) + Open mic at ​The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay, WI 54311 | (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com

JANUARY 29  Estella Lauter
FEBRUARY 26  Sarah Gilbert, Mark Falcone
MARCH 26  Bobbie Lovell, F.J. Bergman
APRIL 30 Phil Hansotia, Wendy Schmidt
MAY 28  Tim Walsh, Kathryn Gahl
JUNE 25  Abraham Smith
JULY 30  Ching-In Chen
AUGUST 27  Bruce Dethlefsen, Cathryn Cofell, Karla Huston
SEPTEMBER 24  Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer

OCTOBER 29  Steve Tomasko, Jeanie Tomasko, CX Dillhunt

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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 WED, JAN 7 6-8 P.M. CREATIVE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, Kress Family Branch Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere.  A monthly group gathering of adult writers seeking networking and support.  Bring poems or short prose to read along with copies for critique. 

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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VISIT THE WFOP WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MULTIPLE CONTESTS with differing deadlines, including the 2014 Chapbook Prize, and the 65th Anniversary Contest.  wfop.org

January 31 deadline for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Awards!  Visit http://www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm for more information.

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WFOP Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell sends the following news: 

TUES, MAY 13, MOISES VILLAVICENCIO BARRAS AND KATRIN TALBOT, presented by the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.   Moises will read from his latest bi-lingual collection, Luz de Todos los Tiempos/Light of All Time, Cowfeather Press. Katrin’s collection Freeze-Dried Love was recently released from Finishing Line Press.  Open mic follows.  Refreshments and good company happening at THELMA.  Visit www.lakepoets.com for more information.

WED, MAY 14, ​ROLF OLSON featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

SAT, MAY 17, 10-11:30 a.m.  Language of Nature: Poetry Reading and Discussion at Maywood Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, WI 53083.  Led by Maryann Hurtt, Georgia Ressmeyer, and Marilyn Windau. We’ll read from our own poetry and encourage you to bring 1-2 nature poems of your own, or a favorite by someone else, to read and discuss. $1 donation for printed materials appreciated. Pre-registration preferred (call Maywood at 920-459-3906 for registration and directions).  After the program, tours of the park will be offered, weather permitting.

Monday, MAY 19, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton ​ – MARILYN TAYLOR AND MARY WEHNER

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of every month except December (the first Monday). Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2009-10) and Milwaukee (2004-05), is the author of six collections of poetry.  Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able MuseMeasure, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and the recent Random House anthology titled Villanelles. Marilyn taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years at UW-Milwaukee, and served for five years as a Contributing Editor and regular poetry columnist for The Writer.  She is a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors.  She recently moved from Milwaukee to Madison, where she continues to write and teach.

Mary Wehner is the author of two chapbooks…or the opposite, and To Sit With Animals, both letterpress editions by Red Hydra Press. Her letterpress broadside The Chinese Painting was also published by Red Hydra Press. She has published poems in print and on-line publications such as Southern Indiana ReviewWisconsin TrailsThe Writer Magazineqarrtsiluni and Verse Wisconsin. Her poem “Broken Shells at Dusk” was published as a lithograph in collaboration with Pollyanna Fernández Fernández, a Cuban artist at Taller Experimental de Gráfica, Havana, Cuba, with the Spanish translation by Maria Vargas.  She is a founding member of The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, serves on the board of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and was twice a poet in residence at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poetry and is also a visual artist; her paintings have been on exhibit in several Wisconsin galleries.

SAT, MAY 24, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED DEAF POETRY TROUPE, FLYING WORDS PROJECT!!  A rare Wisconsin performance, sponsored by The Mill  (A Place for Writers) at the UW-Fox Valley Student Union from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

What kind of performance does a deaf poetry troupe give? Not a quiet one. Flying Words Project, comprised of deaf poet and signer Peter Cook, and hearing coauthor Kenny Lerner, is known for the vitality of its work. Flying Words uses American Sign Language (ASL), English spoken word, sounds, and movement to bring their poetry to life. This makes their performances uniquely accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences.  The poetry is first written in ASL, and then Cook and Lerner determine how to express just enough words and sounds so that hearing audience members can see the ASL images for themselves. The goal of the Flying Words Project is to play with language. Cook and Lerner expand the concept of poetry by making it active and giving it a physical presence. You can be sure this poetry isn’t your grandma’s poetry—although she would enjoy seeing the performance, too.  Flying Words Project has performed at such venues as the Manhattan Theater Club, New York City; The Green Mill, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Theatre de Lucernaire, Paris; and The Mid-Summer Festival, Cork, Ireland.

Admission is free, donations accepted at the door.  Doors will open at 12:30 for open seating. For more information visit The Mill: A Place for Writers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheMillAPlaceForWriters?ref=br_tf)

TUES, MAY 27 NANCY RAFAL AT APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh:  Nancy has been writing all her life but poetry became prominent a dozen years ago.  She was the treasurer of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for too many years but somebody had to do it.  Her writing sweeps from silly to serious with stop-offs for sappy and astute.  She has been published in numerous editions of the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Hummingbird, Free Verse, the Peninsula Pulse, and Wisconsin People and Ideas. The featured readers begin at 6:30 pm. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

THURS, MAY 29, NEW POETRY READING SERIES AT THE READER’S LOFT PRESENTS BRUCE DETHLEFSEN, CHUCK RYBAK AND LAURI MCDIARMID:  6-8 P.M., The Reader’s Loft, 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.   Welcome All! Open to the Public. Open Mic will follow the featured readings.  Wine, water, coffee, light finger food available.  Call 920-406-0200 for more information.

Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has two chapbooks, A Decent Reed and Something Near the Dance Floor, and two full-length  books, Breather, published by Fireweed Press, and Unexpected Shiny Things, published by Cowfeather Press. His newest book, published by Little Eagle Press in April, 2014, is Small Talk.  A retired educator and public library director, he lives in Westfield, Wisconsin.  More can be found athttp://www.brucedethlefsen.com.

Chuck Rybak lives in Wisconsin and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He is the author of two chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Through andLiketown, as well as two full-length books published by Main Street Rag, Tongue and Groove, Winner of the 2004 Quentin R. Howard Prize in Poetry, and </war>.

Laurie MacDiarmid is an Associate Professor of English and Writer in Residence at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She is also the author of Float, a chapbook of poems devoted to motherhood and Consolation Prize, a full length book that explores a father’s early death from cancer. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including Antioch Review, Pennsylvania Quarterly, Mochila Review and Carolina Quarterly.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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Erin Heiling is the new contact person for poetry submissions to The Scene: Oshkosh.  She is very enthusiastic about receiving your poetry with an eye towards publication.  Poets may contact Erin at: artsy_erin@yahoo.com.

Call for Fortune Poems, DEADLINE MIDNIGHT MAY 16 2014:  Contribute a fortune poem to a human Zoltar machine at Art Prom, 2014, a fundraiser event for Stoneboat literary journal and Paradigm Annex Theatre Collective in Sheboygan. The fortunes can be written in poem form, prose form, or whatever form best expresses the fortune you wish to put out into the world. To see what a real Zoltar fortune looks like, go here. Please send your fortune submission in the body of an email (no attachments please) to spyderbyte@aol.com. In the subject line, please write [your last name] Zoltar Submission. Please include your name, address, and phone. No bio necessary. The poems will be printed up on cards and there will be a small fee for prom goers to receive a fortune from Zoltar. We cannot pay you for your work, but please know that your creative effort is going to a good cause, two good causes in fact: Stoneboat and the Paradigm Annex Theatre Collective.  And, while you are at it, come to Art Prom and have some fun from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 31. Must be 21 or older to attend. $15 per person, ($25 per couple). For information on how to purchase tickets, visit Art Prom on Facebook or inquire at stoneboat.journal@gmail.com.

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WFOP News, Readings and Conferences

From Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP):

Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton – Paul Scot August and Robert Vaughan

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of every month except December (the first Monday). Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Poet Paul Scot August is originally from Chicago but has spent the 2nd half of his life now in Wisconsin. He has an MA in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee. He is a former poetry editor of The Cream City Review and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in Mead: the Magazine of Literature & Libations, Lindenwood Review, Louisville Review, South Dakota ReviewTygerburning, Connotation-Press, Midwestern Gothic, Los Angeles Review, Dunes Review, Naugatuck River Review, Passages North and elsewhere. He currently lives in the Milwaukee area with his two children.

Robert Vaughan leads writing roundtables at Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. His writing has appeared in over 400 print and online journals. He was former fiction editor at Thunderclap! and is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW, as well as poetry and fiction editor at  Lost in Thought magazine. Published books include Flash Fiction Fridays, a poetry chapbook called Microtones, and a book of short-form stories called Diptychs, Triptychs, Lipsticks and Dipshits.  Robert’s first full-length collection, Addicts & Basements, was just released by Civil Coping Mechanisms .

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MAR 25 DAVID GRAHAM AT APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   David Graham has published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and Second Wind (Texas Tech University Press).  He also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession from Graywolf Press.  He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

MAR 28 Making It Speak: Poets and Artists in Cahoots, EBCO ARTWORKS, 1201 Erie Avenue Sheboygan:  Members of the Mead Library Poetry Circle and the Sheboygan Visual Artists will present a unique, secretly collaborative exhibit which is free and open to the public, showcasing poems inspired by art and art inspired by poems.  Refreshments will be served during a reception from 6-10pm. Poems featured in the exhibit will be read beginning at 7:30pm. Most of the 17 participating artists and 16 poets have never met and have not yet seen one another’s response to their art form.  The exhibit may also be viewed March 29-30, April 5-6, and April 12-13 from 10am to 4pm.  Participating poets are Jean Biegun, Gerald Bertsch, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Karl Elder, Kathryn Gahl, Nancy Harrison Durdin, Dawn Hogue, Maryann Hurtt, Mary Kunert, Joanne Lensink, Jodie Liedke, Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Georgia Ressmeyer, Clarke Ross, Lisa Vihos, and Marilyn Zelke-Windau. For further information please contact Marilyn Windau at 920-467-6614 or Georgia Ressmeyer at 920-457-6172.

WED, APR 2, ARTHUR STRINGER AT RIPON COLLEGE: 7:30 PM, North Reading Room of Lane Library. An award-winning poet from West Virginia, Stringer will be presenting work from his most recent collection of poems, Late Breaking, published in 2013 by Salmon Poetry.  His visit is being sponsored by the Ripon College Visiting Writers Series, with assistance from the Schang Family Visiting Writer Fund.  For more information, contact David Graham, Department of English, at 748-8722.

APRIL 7 – 14: FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL!!

This year offers 50 authors and 75 events lined up for your enjoyment, including a great day of Poetry &… (Poetry & Translation, Poetry & Music, Poetry & Art) on Sunday, April 13.  Printed programs available at most venues, including local libraries, UW-Fox Valley, Lawrence University and Atlas Coffee Mill. Follow this link for  an electronic copy of the program or visit http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ .

TUES, APR 8 STUDENT INVITATIONAL, presented by the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  Council for Wisconsin Writers 2012 prize-winning authors will read from recent work.  This annual event features area college and university students reading their fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Open mic follows.  Refreshments and good company happening at THELMA.

WED, APR 9 ESTELLA LAUTER, featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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 WED, APR 2  CREATIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway). 6-8 p.m. Bring poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.  A group for networking and support.  Contact John with any questions: olski_jp@co.brown.wi.us

WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS’ SPRING CONFERENCE, APR 25-26, RADISSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, GREEN BAY:  http://wfop.org/confrncs/vernconf.html

 

 

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End of Summer Poetry Activities

Cathryn Cofell with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets sends the following reminder and update of Wisconsin poetry happenings.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months.  Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. – Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

 Carolyn Vargo is a Regional Vice President for WFOP, a substitute teacher in West Allis – West Milwaukee, a retired teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools, an organizer of readings at People’s Book Cooperative, teacher of the Urban Echo Poets at the Urban Ecology Center, a bird watcher and a grandmother.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, WI, spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change, and other publications.  His first book has just been accepted by Blue Collar Review.

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Sept 16          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Oct 21            The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer

 Nov 18           Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson                 

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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AUG 14 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES RICHARD E. CARTER & CAROLYN KENNEY-CARTER: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 AUG 27 (TUESDAY), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES GEORGIA RESSMEYER:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Georgia has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

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Lots of August WI Poetry News

Here from WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell is news in Wisconsin’s world of poetry for August:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months.  Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. – Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

Carolyn Vargo is a Regional Vice President for WFOP, a substitute teacher in West Allis – West Milwaukee, a retired teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools, an organizer of readings at People’s Book Cooperative, teacher of the Urban Echo Poets at the Urban Ecology Center, a bird watcher and a grandmother.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, WI, spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change, and some other publications.  His first book has just been accepted by Blue Collar Review.

ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2013 

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Sept 16          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Oct 21            The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer

Nov 18           Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

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AUG 14 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES RICHARD E. CARTER & CAROLYN KENNEY-CARTER: 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.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 AUG 27 (TUESDAY), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES GEORGIA RESSMEYER:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Georgia has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

SEPT 8 (SUNDAY), COWFEATHER PRESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY & READING FOR CATHRYN COFELL & MOISES VILLAVICENCIO BARRAS:  The event takes place at 3:00 pm at the Kangaroost, 313 Dodge Street, Kaukauna.   Moises will read from his new book Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times, and Cathryn from her new book Sister Satellite.  Light refreshments, cash bar, music and books to buy and get signed!  Visit www.cowfeatherpress.org for more on both books or additional readings.

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for 

Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP)

 

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