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WI Poet Laureate February Schedule

I’ve heard the new Wisconsin poet laureate speak and read her poetry. What a great ambassador for our state.
Here from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters are some places she can be heard this month:
Celebrate Wisconsin poets and poetry with Kimberly Blaeser, the new Wisconsin Poet Laureate. The official state ambassador for poetry and creativity, Kim travels to schools, libraries, festivals, and community centers across Wisconsin. Check out her February appearances:

 February 13, 4:00 pm: TEDx Milwaukee Talk @ UWM
February 22, 2:00 pm: Reading w/Max Garland @ Woodland Pattern
February 28, 6:00 pm: BONK! event @ Wustum Museum, Racine

Learn more about Kim on at the new Wisconsin Poet Laureate website or visit the Poet Laureate Facebook page at facebook.com/WisPoLo.

Learn more about the Council for Wisconsin Writers at http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Energizer Poet Keeps Publishing and Publishing

Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Council for Wisconsin Writers board member Marilyn Taylor has done it again — or rather, is still going strong! Here’s the link to two of her poems published in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Life and Legends literary magazine. Here’s the link:


Congratulations, Marilyn.

More about Marilyn and CWW is at http://www.wiswriters.org

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‘Reflections’ Poem is Able Muse Finalist

Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2009-2010) Marilyn Taylor’s poem “Accidental Reflections” has been named a finalist in the 2014 Able Muse-sponsored “Write Prize” poetry and fiction contest. It appeared in the Winter 2014 Able Muse Review and the online version was released for the first time on Dec. 20.

Here is the poem, with an editor’s comment about the accompanying illustrations:

River II:  Accidental Reflections
On the lower sheet, the left-most image was printed upside down. River II 
preserves this accidental reflection.
—Ellsworth Kelly
An accident, was it?  Reflections often are
precisely that: little glints of clarity
in a wash of ruffled chaos—like a star
winking and sputtering unimpressively
behind the curtain of competing light
that we call ambient.   And this is how
you  realized a way to recreate
the chronicles of rivers:  upside down,
purling backward, puckering a skein
of water with your brushes, showing where
a wrinkle on the surface might explain
the rocks below.  But only here and there—
reflecting, in your enigmatic way,
what rivers might or might not have to say.
Read more about Marilyn, who is a Council for Wisconsin Writers board member, on her website at http://www.wiswriters.org/taylor.htm and on the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org/taylor.htm

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Lots of WFOP News

The following is from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:

Monday, SEPTEMBER 15, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton ​ – KATHRYN GAHL & WENDY SCHMIDT

Kathryn Gahl loves red lipstick, home cooking, and vintage clothing. The author of Life Drawing Class, a poetry collection, she belongs to The Poets of Mead (Sheboygan).  Find her stories and poems in many journals, including Margie, Salamander, The Notre Dame Review, and Wisconsin People & Ideas. She dances mad hot ballroom with her second and last husband, Robert–that is, when not playing with her grandson, Leonidas. More at www.kathryngahl.com.

Wendy L. Schmidt started seriously writing poetry and short stories about six year ago.  Since then, she’s been published in numerous anthologies, poetry magazines and websites including No Rest for the Wicked, Lake City Poets, B., Dark Moon Digest, Verse Wisconsin, Literary Hatchet, Twisted Dreams, Rebelle Society, Moon Magazine, Chicago Literati, and most recently was featured in The Horror Writers Association, Poetry Showcase Volume 1. She’s also a winner in the Reedsburg Farm/Art Festival and has several blogs including, She’s Got a Short Fuse and Bumpy Night Publications. She has an author page on Goodreads and is now offering up some spooky fun with her latest endeavor, a Youtube Channel entitled. Wendy L. Schmidt, Phantom Poetess.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of most months. Featured reader(s) at 6:30 pm, brief open mic after.  For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net .


Oct 20            Paula Anderson and Mariann Ritzer
Nov 17           Joan and Jeffrey Johannes
Dec 1              2015 WFOP Calendar reading with editors Steve and Jeannie Tomasko



NEW NIGHT!  TUES, SEPT 2, EDWARD SCHULTZ AT THELMA, 51 Sheboygan, Fond du Lac: The Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts begins its 10th season of readings with poet Edward Schultz at 7 pm, accompanied by avant-garde jazz, duo Frank Wildingway on stand-up bass and clarinetist Robert Perry. Edward is founding President of the Driftless Writing Center, Inc., Viroqua, and current board member of Council for Wisconsin Writers. His writing has appeared in dozens of literary journals and anthologies; Atlanta Review, Chronogram, Rosebud, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Willow Review and has received a Contributing Editor’s Pushcart Nomination for his poetry. He has acted as preliminary judge for the Wisconsin People’s & Ideas Magazine poetry contest. Edward works as writing coach, mentor, and facilitates reading and writing workshops.

The reading is free and open to the public with an open mic following the featured reader. All readings take place on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May. For more information contact Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts or marywehner@charter.net.

NEW! FRI, SEPT 12:  Join the Fox Cities Cycling Association on our Moonlight Poetry Ride 8 pm at City Park in Appleton.  This free event will bike through the streets of Appleton in search of sidewalk poetry.  Helmet and lights required – more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/677983958950212/

SAT, SEPT 6, THE BAY AREA SPOKEN WORD POETRY NIGHT FEATURES MARYBETH MATTSON:  Help Barnes & Noble, Stadium District, Green Bay kick off spoken word poetry nights on the first Saturday of each month, 7:00 p.m.  Open to all ages and experience levels, with a special focus on youth, young adults and children. Try your hand at spoken word poetry and get tips from experts!  Singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson first took to the stage as a performance poet in college. Moving home to Door County after completing college, Marybeth began singing with her mother (folk musician Jeanne Kuhns) before beginning to write and perform her own songs, solo at first, and later with Seth Raddatz. With lyrics that are both poetic and deliberate, Marybeth offers a new twist on the folk genre as she enchants listeners with level and lovely vocals.

 WED, SEPT 10, JUDY ROY 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.

TUES, SEPT 23, JANET LEAHY at the Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at their new time of 6:15 p.m.   Janet is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the American Academy of poets. Her poems have been published in a variety of print and online journals including The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Fox Cry Review and Verse Wisconsin and several anthologies including Empty Shoes, Echoes, The Clearing Speaks, Goose River Anthology, and Wingbeats II.   Her first collection of poetry was “The Storm, Poems of War, Iraq.”  Poems in her most recent book “Not My Mother’s Classroom” are drawn from her experience teaching in Milwaukee.

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!  For more information, contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com

THURS, SEPT 25, READER’S LOFT PRESENTS CATHRYN COFELL, ROBERT VAUGHN & MARILYN WINDAU, 6-8 PM:  The trio will read poems around the theme of  “New Beginnings”  — bring your own to share for the open mic!  2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay.   Welcome All! Open to the Public.   Wine, water, coffee, light finger food available.  Call 920-406-0200 or email amy@readersloft.com for more information.



New at The Mill: A Place for Writers

Note that in two of the classes offered, the maximum enrollment is 8,

so don’t wait too long. All classes held at Atlas Coffee Mill (www.atlascoffeemill.com)
425 W. Water Street, Appleton, WI 54911

Monday Nights (7 to 9 p.m.)

1. Poetry Workshop – “Wearing the Mask” Poetry and Persona– with Karla Huston

8 weeks, 9/15 – 11/3. 8 students only. Fee is $200.
Contact: info@karlahuston.com

2. Fundamentals of Fiction – with Steve Polansky

10 weeks, 9/15 – 11/17. 12 students only. $250
Contact: smpolansky@hotmail.com

Wednesday Nights (7 to 9 p.m.)

1. Writing Authentically – with Nikki Kallio
8 weeks, 9/24 to 11/17. 12 students only. $200.
Contact: nikkikallio@yahoo.com

2. Poetry Workshop – with Bruce Dethlefsen

8 weeks, 9/17 – 11/5. 8 students only. $200.
Contact: bpdethlefsen@gmail.com

3. English Prose Style – with Steve Polansky

10 weeks, 9/17 to 11/19. 12 students only. $250.
Contact: smpolansky@hotmail.com

Mill Saturday with Abby Frucht

The Tarot of Character” (for fiction and non-fiction writers)
Saturday, 9/13, 9 a.m – 12 p.m. Class fee: $65, which includes lunch, tax and tip and morning coffee.
Class is open to 12



CALL FOR POEMS ABOUT DOOR COUNTY for an anthology to be published in 2015, tentatively titled Soundings: Door County in Poetry.  The Door County Poetry Collective invites poets who have lived, worked or visited Door County for extended periods of time to submit up to 3 poems by September 5, 2014.  We welcome original poems about specific people or places, the topography, the social, cultural, historical or political milieu and/or the “spirit” of Door County. The editors are looking for fresh, accessible poems that reflect many kinds of experiences in this place–from Brussels and Forestville all the way to Rock Island, from the Bay side to the Lake side and everywhere in-between.

Poems may have been published if no fee is charged for re-publication. Poems may be in free verse or forms but they should be limited to one page in 12-point type. Electronic submission in the body of an email or a Word.doc attachment is required (doorcountyanthology@gmail.com). Please put “DC Anthology Submission” in the subject line of your email. Please include a brief (50 word) bio that describes your association with Door County. Questions may be addressed to estella.lauter@gmail.com.

Call for 2015–2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate!

Beginning August 18, 2014, applications are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Applications may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Wisconsin Poet Laureate. A complete application package must be sent to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission at wipoetlaureate@gmail.com no later than October 10, 2014. Application instructions and additional information are available at www.wisconsinacademy.org/newpl.



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Former Poet Laureate to Read in Fort Atkinson

Marilyn Taylor, who served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2009 and 2010, and Milwaukee Poet Laureate for 2004 and 2005 invites all who might be in the mood to “cruise over” to Fort Atkinson’s Dwight Foster Public Library for its “Third Thursday” reading on the 17th, at 6:30, where she will be the featured reader (20 or 25 minutes). The library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue in Fort Atkinson. Marilyn’s reading will be followed by an open mic, so all are invited to also bring along a poem to share.

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Poetry Event Won’t be Just Dessert


Join us on Friday, March 14th, from 5–7:00 pm
for Poetry & Pi(e), a celebration of verse,
mathematics, and homemade pie


Poetry & Pi(e) host Max Garland, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, will join poets Cathryn Cofell and Susan Elbe for a poetry reading and free-ranging discussion of how math influences poetic composition. Please join us for this enchanting evening at the Wisconsin Academy’s Steenbock Center offices at 1922 University Avenue in Madison.
Registration is now open and space is limited. Tickets are available for $25 per person to Wisconsin Academy members (a savings of $10 per ticket). Providing reduced ticket prices is one way we show how much your ongoing support means to us. To order discount member tickets, please call our offices at (608) 263-1692 or e-mail us. Thank you!
Wisconsin Academy of
Sciences, Arts & Letters

1922 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726
Tel: 608.263.1692

Connecting Wisconsin people and ideas for a better world.


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Items of Interest from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Here are a couple of items that might be of interest to Wisconsin writers:


Wednesday, June 6, 7:008:30 pm, Steenbock Center, 1922 University Ave. (parking in back) 
Free and open to the public, this meeting of the monthly Wisconsin Book Discussion Group features American Boy, by Milwaukee author Larry Watson. Refreshments will be provided as will discussion questions, which can be downloaded here in advance. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Book Discussion Group page or e-mail Jason A. Smith.

More info at http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/bookgroup




The Wisconsin Academy is pleased to host the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and work with Wisconsin poets laureate both past and present in keeping Wisconsin poetry alive and well. Check out Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen’s June appearances in Wisconsin by visiting our poet laureate’s page here on our new website or make a donation to help ensure the continuation of the Poet Laureate program. Too, you can catch a radio interview with Bruce on Thursday, June 7, at 7:30 pm by tuning in to WORT-FM 89.9.

Don’t forget to visit the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org


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