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CWW Contest Namesake Gets NYT Mention

Council for Wisconsin Writers President Geoff Gilpin notes that Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker, for whom the CWW Norine Niedecker Poetry Award is named, got a mention in an unusual place: the year-end roundup of best classical music recordings in the New York TimesClassical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014 [Dec. 18, 2014]

“There’s a new album (“Chamber Music”) by British composer Harrison Birtwistle that includes settings of Niedecker poems,” Geoff says. “It’s not on Spotify, but here’s a quote from Amazon:

‘Settings of the writings of US Objectivist poet Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), scored for soprano and cello in 1998 and 2000, begin and close the album. As Bayan Northcott writes in the booklet, These concentrated songs demand the utmost of their performers in precision, expression and timing. As in Webern’s settings, the few words and notes on the page can seem to imply whole worlds of thought and feeling.’”

See more about the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award and other CWW’s contests at http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm. These contests for 2014 work by Wisconsin writers are open for entries until midnight, Jan. 31, 2015.



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“Wisconsin, A Love Song” Featured in NY Times Video

You don’t have to be a writer or a poet to appreciate Nickolas Butler’s “Wisconsin, A Lovesong”, which he discusses in this New York Times website video:  http://www.nytimes.com/video/books/100000002805433/wisconsin-a-love-song.html

Thanks to Robin Chapman for sending this link.

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Bestselling Author Speaking Tonight in Elkhorn


Michael Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin, will speak tonight at the Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  Here’s a link to the Janesville Gazette story:


Here’s a link to Perry’s website:


Here’s a link to the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ website:



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CWW Award Winner Gene DeWeese Takes Final Trek

Three-time Council for Wisconsin Writers award winner,  New York Times bestselling author and a Wisconsin Library Association “Notable Wisconsin Writer” Gene DeWeese lived up to his self-applied procrastinator reputation to the end. A memorial service for the 78-year-old Milwaukeean was scheduled for nearly two months after his March 19 death. At least, that’s what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported his obituary today. You can read about DeWeese’s remarkable writing career and penchant for procrastinating at http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/writer-was-a-character-in-his-own-right-qs5d9d4-151322005.html.


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This Is Quite An Appreciation!

Publishers Weekly blogger Barbara Vey is organizing a Reader Appreciation luncheon at the Oak Creek Community Center in Oak Creek WI on April 10 that will include 38 authors (mostly romance, since they will be in Chicago for the Romantic Times Convention), as well as editors and representatives from various publishing houses.

Cost of the event is $35. It includes lunch, the privilege of sitting at a table with an author, and gift bags full of books and door prizes.

Raffle prizes will include an acoustic guitar with accessories, a color Nook and baskets of books.

Author Heather Graham, whose books have been on the New York Times bestseller list, will be keynote speaker and available to sign books.

Luncheon proceeds will be donated to local libraries.

More information and the registration form are at

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Reader Appreciation, Indeed!

Folks in Southeast Wisconsin–or who don’t mind driving there from other parts of the state — might be interested in what sounds like a blowout of a luncheon, called “Barbara Vey’s Readers Appreciation” on April 10 in Oak Creek.

New York Times bestseller author Heather Graham is headlining the event being hosted by Barbara Vey, who writes the Publisher’s Weekly blog, “Beyond Her Book”. A bunch of other best-selling authors including some, such as my Sisters In Crime sib Deb Baker, who live in Wisconsin are among the 38 writers who will be on hand to chat with attendees and sign books.

Barbara describes the luncheon as “filled with fun, gift bags full of books and door prizes.” The venue is Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 South Howell, Oak Creek, with activities kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with a Meet & Greet. All for just $35. Wow!

Details are at http://www.barbaraveyreaders.com/.

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