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April Showers of Poetry

Here’s WFOP news from Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler <ccofell@gmail.com>:

Erik Richardson and Mark Zimmermann

Monday,

April 18

Poetry Rocks! Reading Series

Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton  

7 pm, featured readers followed by open mike

 

Erik Richardson lives in Milwaukee where he runs a small e-learning firm (Richardson Ideaworks) as well as a fledgling non-profit (Every Einstein) focused on providing hands-on STEM resources for students and teachers. He is the author of a berserker stuck in traffic from Pebblebrook Press, and some of his work has appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Stoneboat, and Chiron Review among others.

 

Mark Zimmermann teaches writing courses at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and lives in Milwaukee with his wife Carole and two cats. He currently serves as the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ representative to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets. Recently his poetry has been featured on Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect” and in numerous print publications. His poetry collection Impersonations was also published by Pebblebrook Press, in 2015.

 

ON DECK AT COPPER ROCK:

May 16            Marilyn Taylor and Sarah Busse
Jun 20             Karl Garson and John Olski
Jul 18              Sylvia Cavanaugh and Cathryn Cofell

Aug 15            Be Alford and Mykaela Lewis

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

 

MORE READINGS IN NORTHEAST WI

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STUDENT INVITATIONAL

Tuesday, April 5

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) , 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac

7 pm, open mic to follow

 

It’s the annual reading of students from area colleges and universities, traditionally including voices from Lakeland College, Ripon College and/or Marian University. Guaranteed to be a high-energy experience!

THELMA’s Foot of the Lake Reading Series is regularly held the first Tuesday of the month in Cafe 1906 from October through May (except January). This free event  includes a guest writer, open mic and a cash bar. Readings begin at 7 pm and the doors open at 6:30 pm. 

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ANITA BECKSTROM

Wednesday, April 8

UUF, 10341 Highway 42, Ephraim

7 pm, open mic to follow

 

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 www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

 

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WI POET LAUREATE KIMBERLY BLAESER

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Marian University, Fond du Lac

7 pm

 

The Marian University English department is excited to announce that Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser is reading at the Stayer Center Auditorium on the Marian University Campus, 45 S. National Ave, Fond du Lac. Please join us for an evening of poetry and chance to meet our Poet Laureate.

 

Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to JusticeAbsentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser, is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems” which combines her photographs and poetry.

 

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FOX CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL TIME!

April 18 – 24

 

Mark your calendars for Poetry Day on Saturday, April 23. Plus, of course, dozens of other readings and presentations throughout the week. Check out the website at http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ for more details as they become available.

 

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ANDREW MCSORLEY

Monday, April 21

Half Price Books, 281 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton

6:30 pm, open mic to follow

 

In honor of National Poetry Month, Half Price Books in Appleton will feature poet will be Andrew McSorley followed by an open mic. Andrew is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His poetry has appeared in the anthologyVision/Verse 2009-2013 and in journals such as The Minnesota Review, Blue Earth Review, and The Lindenwood Review. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin where he works at the Seeley G. Mudd Library at Lawrence University.

All open mic readers will have a chance to win a gift card.  We’ll have light refreshments.

 

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MARYANN HURTT
Tuesday, April 26

Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh

6:15 – 7:30 pm featured reader, 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. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

 

On deck at Caramel Crisp:

May 24 – Bill Urbrock   (Memorial Day May 30)

June 28 – Wendy Schmidt

July 26 – Lisa Vihos

 

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SYLVIA CAVANAUGH, ED WERSTEIN, NANCY AUSTIN

Thursday, April 28

The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay

6-8 pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

 

On Deck:

May 19: Brain Mill Press Poets

July 30 (Saturday, 1-4 pm): Summer Poetry Festival with over 10 poets & music!

 

For more info: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

 

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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Creative Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, April 6

Kress Family Branch Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere

6-8 pm

 

Support and networking for writers. Bring your original poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.

 

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WFOP Spring Conference 

April 29-30, Madison
Learn more about the fantastic lineup of events the Madison WFOP designates have arranged here: http://www.wfop.org/spring-conference-2016
Register here: http://www.wfop.org/join
Book rooms:  https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=13964716

 

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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WISCONSIN POETRY RECITATION CHALLENGE
To celebrate poetry and “heart,” Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser invites the memorization and recitation of poems for a special online project.

 

Create a videotape of you reciting a poem you love, from memory. Please introduce your poem with a sentence or two including the name of the poem and the poet, perhaps noting why the poem or poet is important to you, when you memorized the poem, or whatever else seems appropriate to a very brief introduction. Send a good quality video submission of you reciting that poem to wipoetlaureate@gmail.com with the subject line “Submission Recitation Project” followed by your name (for example: Submission Recitation Project, Kimberly Blaeser).
In your email, include the name of the reciter, the title and author of the poem performed, and the location and date of the recitation. By submitting your video to this email address, you are giving permission to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission to post your video and make it available for public viewing.*

Want to make this more interesting? Challenge friends and public figures to recite. Plan a gathering with a group in a public place and hold a recitation event!  Or join a recitation event the Wisconsin Poet Laureate will hold in the coming months.  Then submit the videos of individual recitations from your “poetry by heart” celebration.
Video submissions will be considered by an editorial committee. All acceptable submissions will be posted on an interactive map of Wisconsin and made available on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate webpage: http://www.wisconsinpoetlaureate.org/  Submissions will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis, but the deadline for consideration for an April launch of the recitation map is 5 p.m. March 31, 2016.
*Participants under eighteen years of age must provide the email address of a parent or guardian who can provide permission for posting of the video.

 

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May 1 deadline: The Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County is one of the administrators of the annual Hal Prize writing and photography contest, which offers publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at our partnering organization, Write On, Door County, and other prizes. Submissions are now being accepted at thehalprize.com

 

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Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/50705

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February News from WFOP

Here is Wisconsin Fellowship of Poet’s Cathryn Cofell’s monthly update:

YOUTH READERS

Wednesday, February 10

UUF, 10341 Highway 42, 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 www.uufdc.org or call 920.854.7559.

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Jeanie and Steve Tomasko

Monday, February 15

Poetry Rocks! Reading Series

Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton  

7 pm, featured readers followed by open mike

With her cool, mellifluous Madison intonation, Jeanie Tomasko teases her husband Steve about his “Fox Valley” accent. Steve grew up just down the lake in Oshburg, dontcha-know, and talks, pretty much mostly pretty normal … mostly. Isn’t that right now? Jeanie has written acres of wonderful poems (says her husband, unabashedly) and has produced three printed chapbooks and one online chapbook. She would undoubtedly have more if she didn’t have an aversion to the whole submission game.

Steve has written three tablespoons of poems he’s proud of. His first chapbook was published two days before Christmas. Jeanie and Steve live with three cats, a revolving door of adult children and have a yen for forests, fresh bluegills cooked on a campfire and Lake Superior.

ON DECK AT COPPER ROCK:

March 21                    Soundings: Poets from the Door County anthology

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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​SARAH GILBERT

​Tuesday, February 23

Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh

6:15 – 7:30 pm featured reader, 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. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

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The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet KATY DIDDEN

Thursday, January 28

Wriston Art Center Galleries, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Katy will be reading from her book The Glacier’s Wake and newer work. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Thursday, February 18, at 4:30 in the Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, poet Andrew Hudgins and fiction writer Erin McGraw (both of them the celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books) will read, again with a reception and book signing to follow.

Any questions, please contact Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu.

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J​​ENNA CORNELL, D.R. CLOWERS, RALPH MURRE

Thursday, February 25

The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay

​5:30-7:30

pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

On Deck:

March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

For more info: torigw@twc.com or call the Loft at (920) 406-0200 | www.readersloft.com.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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Deadline 5/1/2016: New American Press is accepting submissions for the next anthology of Midwestern poets. https://newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/50705

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) has a NEW website! Check it out at wfop.org.

Going forward please submit any of the following to wfopweb@gmail:

Ongoing poetry readings
Future poetry events
Future poetry workshops
Regular writing group meetings

Events more suited to the e-newsletter should be directed to wfopmuseletter@gmail.com

If you don’t already have one, you are invited to create a Member Page. Send the following to wfopweb@gmail.com

* Bio
* Publications
* Poetry, 2-3 sample poems
* Photos (e.g. quality poet photo, covers of published books or chapbooks)

Not yet a member? The website will give you info about joining!

 

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Poetry Doings in Northeast WI

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 6:30 pm  — Local Author Showcase at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway).  WRITER AND EDITOR SHARON VERBETEN shares her 20 years of freelance experience.  Do you have ideas for articles or a book?  Sharon can answer your questions about the publishing process.

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 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, SYLVIA CAVANAUGH & ED WERSTEIN at the Poetry Rocks! Reading 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  We now have a sound system, and parking is free after 6:00 pm!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Sylvia Cavanaugh has an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  She currently teaches African and Asian cultural studies at Sheboygan North High School.  She is also the school poetry club advisor. A member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, her poems have appeared in An Ariel Anthology, Midwest Prairie Review, Peninsula Pulse, Red Cedar Review, Seems Literary Journal, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual, and Verse Wisconsin, among others. Most recently she was the winner of the Donn Goodwin Prize for poetry at the 2015 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, spent 22 years in manufacturing before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. He sympathizes with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Steam Ticket, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change and a few other publications. His first chapbook, Who Are We Then?, was published in 2013 by Partisan Press.

​ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Oct 19 Sara Parrell and Sarah Gilbert

Nov 16 Annette Grunseth and Tori Grant Welhouse

Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors

 

For more information on the Poetry Rocks series contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

 

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, KARLA HUSTON at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at6:15pm, followed by an open mic.

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Winner of the 2003 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest, Karla is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Outside of a Dog.  Main Street Rag published her full collection of poems A Theory of Lipstick in 2013. Her poem “Theory of Lipstick” was awarded a  Pushcart Prize  and appeared in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (2012).

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 rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

 

Oshkosh Reader line-up for 2015:

October 27 – Jo Balisteri

November 24 – Sylvia Cavanaugh

December – no reading

 

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 6-8 PM, MARILYN ZEHLKE-WINDAU, GEORGIA RESSMEYER & MARYANN HURTT, 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.

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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Mill Fall Classes Begin Monday, September 21with teachers: Karla Huston, Tom Montag, Steve Polansky. Classes will be offered in Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Fiction, and Reading for Writers (and readers).  For details, visithttp://www.millwriters.org/classes.html

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: Mill Poetry Workshop – Kim Blaeser Poet Laureate of Wi.
1- 4 pm at the Refuge. Non- members $55  Members $49.50

http://www.millwriters.org/mill-saturdays.html

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Hear Poetry, Read Your Own at Mother Fool’s

Wisconsin poet and former CWW board member Susan Elbe will be the featured reader at 7 p.m. Friday,Sept. 4, at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson Street in Madison. Susan’s reading will be followed by an open mic.

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Poetry Springing Up All Over

The following is fromWisconsin Fellowship of Poets Regional V.P. Cathryn Cofell who is Poetry Reading Series Coordinator:

This is no small list this month…your goal:  to attend at least one (no, TWO) of these fab events in our area, starting May 1.  Support poetry and poets!
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, May 21, 6:30 p.m. — Poets Lucy Rose Johns and Linda Voit

 For decades, Lucy Rose Johns has donated dollars from her chapbook sales to the library in Nekoosa.  Johns is an accomplished poet with many writing credits to her name.  Her available chapbooks include: Stuff I’ve Written Since My Last Chapbook, Lucy’s Law of Time, Living Off My Y2K Supplies, and Somebody Change the Lightbulb.  Awards include being in the top 10 of the Pippistrelle Best of Small Press 2000 Awards; honorable mention from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; placing third in the Kay Saunders Memorial New Poet Award. She continues to study at the Rhinelander School of the Arts every summer.

Linda Voit’s poetry has appeared at/on/in NOTA, Alaska Public Radio’s “A Poem A Day Won’t Kill You,” Lyrical Iowa, Country Mousefinchandrose.org andStrange Cage. Her poem “First Slow Dance” won 2nd place in Lyrical Iowa’s 2010 adult general category. She was one of the featured poets at Third Stanza’s 11 Days of Global Unity Poetry Reading in Ames, Iowa for the past four years, the 2011 Des Moines Arts Festival through the Des Moines Poetry Slam and the first “Poet’s Corner” as part of Perry, Iowa’s 2011 Art on the Prairie. She is excited to be moving back to her native Wisconsin after nine great years in Iowa.  ON DECK AT HARMONY – 2012 

June 18         Judy Kolosso and Fran Nelson 

July 16           Nancy Rafal and Wendy Schmidt 
August 20     Barb Germiat and Beth Spencer

OTHER KEY HAPPENINGS 

FRIDAY, MAY 4, OSHKOSH POETRY THEATER:  WHAT’S COOKING at 1:00 pm.  Let the readers of the Poetry Readers’ Theater tempt you with recipes (we mean poems) about food and life.   The words of poets from Shakespeare to Mother Goose as well as local poets Kay Sanders and Karla Huston may not turn you into foodies or gourmets but will definitely whet your appetite for more verse.  At the Oshkosh Senior Center (South Building) at 200 N Campbell Road (next door to the Fox Valley Technical College).  And if the poetry makes you really hungry, light refreshments will be served following the performance.

TUESDAY, MAY 8, FOOT OF THE LAKE POETRY COLLECTIVE READING: in partnership with The Windhover Center for the Arts presents MILWAUKEE POET DERRICK HARRIELL who will read from his collection of poems, “Cotton,” published by Aquarius Press-Willow Books, as well as from his recent work. READING BEGINS AT 7 PM. The event is free, refreshments and a cash bar will be available. As always, an open mic will follow.  Check www.lakepoets.com for more information.  DON’T MISS THIS ONE!!!

 FRIDAY, MAY 18, VERSE & VISION IIGallery Q Artists CooperativePoets & Artists Collaborative Opening Reception, 4:00 p.m. 1108 Main Street, Stevens Point.  In a wonderful reversal of fortune, artists selected poems as inspiration for a new visual piece.  Make the short trip to Stevens Point for to see these creations and hear the work of many regional poets including KARLA HUSTON, CATHRYN COFELL, JUDY KOLOSSO, GEORGIA RESSMEYER, SHARON AUBERLE, KRIS RUED-CLARK, LISA VIHOS, MARYANN HURTT AND WI POET LAUREATE BRUCE DETHLEFSEN.  Books available for purchase.  Show will run from May 15 – June 23.

TUESDAY, MAY 22, APPLE BLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH:  This new venue at 200 E City Center now hosts a featured reader on the 4th Tuesday of most months.    JUDY KOLOSSO will be giving a poetry reading 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.   

Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Green Bay on South Oneida holds open mic readings on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:00 p.m. There is no featured reader.

 

 

 

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