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CWW Announces Award Winners

Press Release: 2015 Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced!

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers http://www.wiswriters.org

For release: March 25, 2016

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu





Seven Wisconsin writers have been named winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2015. The Council will award each winner $500 and a week-long writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50 each. Out-of-state judges made the selections.


The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Judith Claire Mitchell, Madison, for A Reunion of Ghosts, Harper Collins.


John Gurda, Milwaukee, is the winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for Milwaukee, City of Neighborhoods, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., while Lynne Diebel, Stoughton, receives honorable mention for Crossing the Driftless, University of Wisconsin Press.


Ronald Wallace of Madison, is the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for the

book For Dear Life, University of Pittsburgh Press. Honorable mention goes to The Sacred Monotony of Breath, Prolific Press, by Robert Nordstrom of Mukwanago.


Gayle Rosengren of Fitchburg, is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for Cold War on Maplewood Street, Penguin Random House. Ann Bausum of Janesville receives honorable mention for Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, Penguin Random House.


Matt Cashion of La Crosse, is the winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction for “Any Idiot Can Feel Pain,” Grist. Jackson Tobin of Madison, is the recipient of an honorable mention for “Kneecap,” Midwestern Gothic.


Ronnie Hess of Madison, is the winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for “The Red Shoes,” Peninsula Pulse. Nate Lowe of Plymouth, receives honorable mention for “Archipelago,” Beecher’s.


The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to

John Walser of Fond du Lac. Honorable mention goes to Susan Elbe of Madison.


The winner of the $250 CWW Essay Award for Young Writers is Hannah. L. Nies, a junior at Waunakee High School, for her essay, “The Girl in the Moon.”


The public is invited to celebrate our state’s fine writers at the CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Banquet tickets must be reserved by Tuesday, May 10.


More information about the winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council

for Wisconsin Writers can be found at its website, http://www.wiswriters.org.




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Poetry News From Robin Chapman

March 7, Friday, 7:30 pm: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) 227 State Street.

Be amused and amazed at MMoCA on the first Friday in March. This MMoCA Nights event will pay tribute to Surrealism, represented in both The Mystery Beneath 
and Real/Surreal exhibitions, with collaborative Surrealist parlor games and live poetry. WFOP members Jeannie Bergmann, Ron Czerwien, Morgan Harlow, Gary 
Powell, James P. Roberts, Richard Swanson, Wendy Vardaman, Sarah Bussee, Guy Throvaldsen, Ronnie Hess, Alice D’Alessio, Jackie Langetieg, Sandy Stark, Kathy 
Miner, Mary Rowin, Martha Kaplan, Jeanie Tomasko, Steve Tomasko, Susan Elbe, Robin Chapman, Sara Parrell, and Marilyn Annucci, along with other Madison area 
poets, will respond—as individuals or as a group—to the themes of Realism and Surrealism with readings, in the galleries, from 7:30–8:15pm. Guests may view 
the exhibitions beginning at 6:00 p.m., then enjoy a gallery talk with Michael Jay McClure at 6:30 p.m. Venice Gas House Trolley will perform live throughout 
the evening. Admission is $10.00.

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