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Wisconsin Poets Win Michigan Contest Awards

Congratulations to Wisconsin poets Ed Werstein and Sylvia Cavanaugh for their recent wins in the Poetry Society of Michigan’s annual contest. Ed won two first-place awards and an honorable mention, and Sylvia received a  second-place award.

Ed and Sylvia with be reading Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Copper Rock Coffee Company in Appleton at 210 W College Avenue.

CWW salutes Ed and Sylvia.

More about CWW at www.wiswriters.org

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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.


 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.


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.



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




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.






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




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


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Poetry on Monday at Linneman’s

Status update posted by Ed Werstein on Poets Mondays at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn Facebook page:

  • at 8:00pm
    Next Week
  • Linneman’s River West Inn, 1001 E. Locust st.

Featured readers on Monday, May 4th will be Sylvia Cavanaugh and yours truly.
Open mike starts at 8 PM. Bring poems of your own or poetic favorites to read.
Feature at 9 PM or thereabouts.
$3 cover

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WFOP News, Readings and Conferences

From Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP):

Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton – Paul Scot August and Robert Vaughan

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of every month except December (the first Monday). 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.

Poet Paul Scot August is originally from Chicago but has spent the 2nd half of his life now in Wisconsin. He has an MA in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee. He is a former poetry editor of The Cream City Review and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in Mead: the Magazine of Literature & Libations, Lindenwood Review, Louisville Review, South Dakota ReviewTygerburning, Connotation-Press, Midwestern Gothic, Los Angeles Review, Dunes Review, Naugatuck River Review, Passages North and elsewhere. He currently lives in the Milwaukee area with his two children.

Robert Vaughan leads writing roundtables at Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. His writing has appeared in over 400 print and online journals. He was former fiction editor at Thunderclap! and is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW, as well as poetry and fiction editor at  Lost in Thought magazine. Published books include Flash Fiction Fridays, a poetry chapbook called Microtones, and a book of short-form stories called Diptychs, Triptychs, Lipsticks and Dipshits.  Robert’s first full-length collection, Addicts & Basements, was just released by Civil Coping Mechanisms .



MAR 25 DAVID GRAHAM AT APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   David Graham has published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and Second Wind (Texas Tech University Press).  He also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession from Graywolf Press.  He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. 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 at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

MAR 28 Making It Speak: Poets and Artists in Cahoots, EBCO ARTWORKS, 1201 Erie Avenue Sheboygan:  Members of the Mead Library Poetry Circle and the Sheboygan Visual Artists will present a unique, secretly collaborative exhibit which is free and open to the public, showcasing poems inspired by art and art inspired by poems.  Refreshments will be served during a reception from 6-10pm. Poems featured in the exhibit will be read beginning at 7:30pm. Most of the 17 participating artists and 16 poets have never met and have not yet seen one another’s response to their art form.  The exhibit may also be viewed March 29-30, April 5-6, and April 12-13 from 10am to 4pm.  Participating poets are Jean Biegun, Gerald Bertsch, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Karl Elder, Kathryn Gahl, Nancy Harrison Durdin, Dawn Hogue, Maryann Hurtt, Mary Kunert, Joanne Lensink, Jodie Liedke, Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Georgia Ressmeyer, Clarke Ross, Lisa Vihos, and Marilyn Zelke-Windau. For further information please contact Marilyn Windau at 920-467-6614 or Georgia Ressmeyer at 920-457-6172.

WED, APR 2, ARTHUR STRINGER AT RIPON COLLEGE: 7:30 PM, North Reading Room of Lane Library. An award-winning poet from West Virginia, Stringer will be presenting work from his most recent collection of poems, Late Breaking, published in 2013 by Salmon Poetry.  His visit is being sponsored by the Ripon College Visiting Writers Series, with assistance from the Schang Family Visiting Writer Fund.  For more information, contact David Graham, Department of English, at 748-8722.


This year offers 50 authors and 75 events lined up for your enjoyment, including a great day of Poetry &… (Poetry & Translation, Poetry & Music, Poetry & Art) on Sunday, April 13.  Printed programs available at most venues, including local libraries, UW-Fox Valley, Lawrence University and Atlas Coffee Mill. Follow this link for  an electronic copy of the program or visit http://www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org/ .

TUES, APR 8 STUDENT INVITATIONAL, presented by the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective:  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  Council for Wisconsin Writers 2012 prize-winning authors will read from recent work.  This annual event features area college and university students reading their fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Open mic follows.  Refreshments and good company happening at THELMA.

WED, APR 9 ESTELLA LAUTER, 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.



 WED, APR 2  CREATIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP at the Kress Family Branch Library in De Pere (333 N. Broadway). 6-8 p.m. Bring poems or short prose to read, along with copies for critique.  A group for networking and support.  Contact John with any questions: olski_jp@co.brown.wi.us




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