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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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Poetry News from WFOP

Courtesy Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets member Cathryn Cofell.

SOUNDINGS: POETS FROM THE DOOR COUNTY ANTHOLOGY

Monday, March 21

Poetry Rocks! Reading Series

Copper Rock Café, 210 W. College Ave, Appleton  

7 pm, featured readers followed by open mike

Soundings features the work of 57 poets on many dimensions of Door County: the big waters and inland lakes; iconic locations; typical buildings and businesses; social activities; notable characters; the weather. The anthology was edited by the Door County Poets’ Collective. Estella Lauter, past Poet Laureate of Door County, was inspired to create the anthology after reading a similar one about Madison. Soundings, the title of the anthology, is a nod to the peninsula’s nautical heritage, a term for the way sailors in the past measured the depth of water, but, Lauter explains, “also refers to the practice of reading poems aloud to hear all the possibilities of meaning in the voices they carry

ON DECK AT COPPER ROCK:

April 18          Erik Richardson and Mark Zimmerman (kick-off of the Fox Cities Book Festival!)
May 16           Marilyn Taylor and Sarah Busse
June 20         Karl Garson and John Olski
July 18           Sylvia Cavanaugh and Cathryn Cofell

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

MORE READINGS IN NORTHEAST WI

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NANCY RAFAL

Wednesday, March 9

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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EKPHRASTIC ART/POETRY SHOW

Friday, March 18

EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan

Gallery open from 6-10:00 pm

Half-hour poetry readings at 6:45 and 8:00 pm

Georgia Ressmeyer and Marilyn Zelke-Windau are coordinating this ekphrastic art/poetry show featuring poems by members of the Mead Public Library Poetry Circle (including, among others, Maryann Hurtt, Nancy Harrison Durdin, Dawn Hogue, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Kathryn Gahl, and Jean Biegun) and artwork by members of Sheboygan Visual Artists. The gallery will also be open for viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19, 20, and April 2, 3, 9, 10.

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ROBERT NORDSTROM
Tuesday, March 22

Caramel Crisp, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh

6:15 – 7:30 pm featured reader, followed by an open mic

Robert Nordstrom worked as an editor/writer for various trade and scholarly publications for over 30 years. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has published poetry, fiction and essays in numerous publications. His poetry collection, The Sacred Monotony of Breath, was published by Prolific Press in 2015.

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:

April 26 – Maryann Hurtt

May 24 – Bill Urbrock   (Memorial Day May 30)

June 28 – Wendy Schmidt

July 26 – Lisa Vihos

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  1. KUBASTA

Wednesday, March 30

Ripon College Project Space, 314 Watson Street, downtown Ripon

7:30 pm

Poetry reading with C. Kubasta and the artwork of Mollie Oblinger – featured in Kubasta’s new book,

All Beautiful & Useless—from. Oblinger is associate professor of Art at Ripon College. Kubasta experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices—her work has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. A Lovely Box (Finishing Line Press) won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. She currently teaches English and Gender Studies at Marian University, in Fond du Lac.

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TOM DAVIS & ETHEL MORTENSON DAVIS

Thursday, March 31

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

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

On Deck:

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

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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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

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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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Upcoming Event in Mt. Mary’s “Writers on Writing” Series

Here’s info about this event:

Writers On Writing Series

The Mount Mary University Master of Arts in English program presents this series that brings best-selling authors to campus to talk about their published work, their process and their craft.

Upcoming Events

Writers on Writing: Featuring Poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken

Paulette BeeteTuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall)

Writers on Writing featuring poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken who will read from their work, examine the poetry writing process, and discuss the world of poetry. Event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Karen Murray atmurrayk@mtmary.edu or 414-930-3359. Reserve your spot below.

Paulette Beete’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals, including Crab Orchard ReviewGargoyleEscape into LifeFound Poetry ReviewBeltway Poetry Quarterly, and many others. She’s the author of the chapbooks Blues for a Pretty Girl (Finishing Line Press) and Voice Lessons (Plan B Press), and her work appears in the anthologies Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. She blogs (occasionally) at thehomebeete.com.

JoAnn Early MackenJoAnn Early Macken is the author of five picture books and more than 130 educational books for children. Her rhyming picture book Baby Says “Moo!” is now a padded board book. Waiting Out the Storm received a starred review in Booklist and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received the Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award.

JoAnn’s poems appear in many children’s magazines and anthologies, including the 2015 Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Her poetry instruction guide Write a Poem Step by Step is based on her workshops.

JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education writing courses at four Wisconsin colleges. JoAnn speaks to writers of all ages and contributes to the Teaching Authors group blog. Visit her web site at www.joannmacken.com.

Here’s the link:  http://mtmary.edu/news-events/events/writers-on-writing.html

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CWW Invites These Poets to Enter Contests — Deadline Feb. 1, 2016

WFOP News:

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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TIMOTHY WALSH
Tuesday, January 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.

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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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ESTELLA LAUTER & NANCY RAFAL

Thursday, January 28

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

5:30-8 pm Featured Reader(s) + Open mic

On Deck:

February 25: Jenna Cornell, D.R. Clowers, Ralph Murre
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.

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ALISON TOWNSEND

Tuesday, February 2

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

7 pm

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Books Build Community program featuring OSCAR MIRELES, editor of I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin

Saturday, February 6

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

2-4 pm

The Books Build Community program focuses on sharing experiences around a specific book, through formal book clubs and informal book discussions, based off of the successful Fox Cities Reads initiative. Our first selection is I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three Decades of Hispanic Writing, an anthology of essays, poetry, memoirs and fiction by Wisconsin Latina and Latino writers. This book contains the works of 40 writers who are past poets laureate, musicians, academics, activists, law enforcement agents, educators and much more.

For more information contact Adriana McCleer, (920) 832-617, amccleer@apl.org

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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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The Mia Paul Poetry Series presents poet ANDREW HUDGINS and fiction writer ERIN MCGRAW

Thursday, February 18

Nathan March Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University, Appleton

4:30 pm

Both are celebrated authors of multiple wonderful books. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

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

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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Creative Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, February 3

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.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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2016 WFOP Muse Contest: http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html

Deadline February 1!

 2016 WFOP Chapbook Contest: http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html
Deadline February 1!

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CWW WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS – DEADLINE FEB 1, 2016!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

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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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CWW Contests Deadline Looms

​Feb. 1, 2016. That’s the deadline for the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2015 Awards contests, and is just 29 days away!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, which includes book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which were published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions receive $50.

Contest entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Entries are judged by out-of-state judges. Awards will be presented at CWW’s annual awards banquet in May 2016.

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016.

Included in this year’s CWW awards is its biennial CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1,000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. Nominating letters must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2016.  No entry fee is required to make a nomination.

Guidelines, entry forms, and additional information about each category is posted in the awards section of the website at www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm. (Scroll down to page 2.)

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

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Upcoming NE Wisconsin WFOP Doings

From WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell:

The Poetry Rocks Series moves to a different date and location for January (typically held at Copper Rock on the 3rd Monday):

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 (2nd Monday!), 7 pm: Favorite Poem Reading @ Acoca Coffee, 500 W. College Ave, Appleton!  Every one is a featured reader — share a favorite poem that is NOT your own!  The traditional open mike will follow, so bring one of your own as well.

Acoca is just 3 blocks west of Copper Rock (same side of the street, across from the PAC).  Click here for the Acoca website.

ON DECK (BACK AT COPPER ROCK):

February 15 – Jeannie and Steve Tomasko

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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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 7:00 pm, ETHEL AND TOM DAVIS at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in 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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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, TIMOTHY WALSH at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm, 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 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.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 6-8 PM, ESTELLA LAUTER & NANCY RAFAL, 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.

On Deck:

February 25: Jenna Cornell, D.R. Clowers, Ralph Murre
March 31: Tom Davis, Ethel Mortenson Davis

April 28: Sylvia Cavanaugh, Ed Werstein, Nancy Austin

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7 pm: Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) hosts ALISON TOWNSEND – first poet to receive the UW-Whitewater Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award. FREE event begins with reading in THELMA’s Café 1906 at 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. An open mic will follow for any others who would like to read. Cash bar will be available. For more information: www.thelmaarts.org or920.921.5410

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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WEDNESDAY, January 6, 6-8 pm, Creative Writers’ Workshop, KRESS FAMILY BRANCH LIBRARY, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere.Support and networking for writers. Bring your original poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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2016 WFOP Muse Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/muse.html

Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Chapbook Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/cbprize.html
Deadline February 1.

2016 WFOP Student Poetry Contest is open: http://wfop.org/contests/student.html

Deadline January 16.

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CWW OPENS 2015 WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS – DEADLINE FEB 1, 2016!

Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2015 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems including at least two published in the contest year; and children’s literature. (Outdoor writing may now be submitted to the long or short non-fiction category).

First-place winners will receive $500 and a week-long writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50.

Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents. The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented in a banquet in May 2016.

Nominations are also open for CWW’s Major Achievement Award, of $1000, honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for literary merit. No entry fee is required for the submission of nominating letters, also due by February 1, 2016 (postmark deadline).

CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016.

Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available on the awards section of the website, www.wiswriters.org/awards.htm.
CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

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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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