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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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Elbe’s “Map” is a Winner

Congratulations to Wisconsin poet and former CWW board member Susan Elbe on her book The Map of What Happened winning the Jacar Press 2014 Julie Suk Prize for the best poetry book published by an independent press in 2013.

Here’s what judge and prize namesake Julie Suk said about her selection of Susan’s book as winner of the top prize:

“The elasticity and freshness of her language in this sensual, resonant love letter to her city, Chicago.

“‘I came into a house of things that needed fixing,’ she writes, ‘. . . . . I came into a house of things that couldn’t be fixed. A whiskey-warm kitchen corner,/cancer growing in the alcove bedroom,/ the fridge’s lonely hum./The ungraceful way we understood.’

“THE MAP OF WHAT HAPPENED is one we all traverse. Would that we could with such resilience and wisdom.

‘. . .all night by seed-light/you search in dream, knowing nothing/tells you how far from here to there,/from one love to the next: Drifter,/your heavy pollen-dusted wings/the sweet cello of your body–too freighted to go deep enough.’

“In her fraught landscape there is a hidden room where she accepts ‘the heart is neither fragile/nor indifferent, but street fighter to its core,’ like boys in the neighborhood, ‘street-smart and tender all at once. They were not for me./Still, when they cupped their hands around a match against the wind, bending to its tribal fire,/ those soft fans of eyelashes against their cheeks,/ Lord,/Lord I believed they were.’

“Revitalizing the past, she reminds us, ‘. . . the hinged heart,/trap door to every treasure,/only opens with the word.’

Congratulations, Susan!

More about the Julie Suk prize, the Jacar Press and the contest runners up is at http://www.jacarpress.com/submit/

More about CWW is at http://www.wiswriters.org. Check us out!

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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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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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“Her Winter House” is Today’s Verse Daily Poem

The poem “Her Winter House” by award-winning Wisconsin poet Susan Elbe is featured as today’s verse on the Verse Daily website To read the poem, go to http://www.versedaily.org/2014/herwinterhouse.shtml.

Nice poem, Susan!


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Arcadia Books to Host Poets

A couple of our favorite poets — well, aren’t they all! — read from their works on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Spring Green!

More about and for Wisconsin writers is at http://www.wiswriters.org. Please drop by!


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New Elbe Book of Poetry Out

Susan Elbe announces that her new book of poetry, The Map of What Happened, which won The Backwaters Press Prize for 2012, is just out.  The book is available at Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/kfshq86Or it can be purchased from Susan via her web site:  http://www.susanelbe.com/Susan_books.htm.

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