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April Showers of Poetry

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

Erik Richardson and Mark Zimmermann


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.



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.






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. 




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.





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.





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.





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.




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





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.





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.




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




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.




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




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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Bitter Cold Cancels Apple Blossom Poetry Reading

The following info was forwarded by WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:

“Because of the bitter cold that is heading our way Monday and Tuesday, and thus travel safety concerns as well as health risks, David Graham’s poetry reading at Apple Blossom has been postponed. We will do our best to reschedule David as soon as possible. So stay home and stay warm dear poetry lovers.

We will meet next, on Feb. 25th with Bruce Dethlefsen being the featured reader. More details to follow.”
CWW contests entry deadline is coming up fast! Friday, Jan. 31. Please see the CWW website at http://www.wiswriters.org for contest descriptions and entry details.

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Lots of August WI Poetry News

Here from WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell is news in Wisconsin’s world of poetry for August:

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, August 19, 6:30 p.m. – Carolyn Vargo and Ed Werstein

Carolyn Vargo is a Regional Vice President for WFOP, a substitute teacher in West Allis – West Milwaukee, a retired teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools, an organizer of readings at People’s Book Cooperative, teacher of the Urban Echo Poets at the Urban Ecology Center, a bird watcher and a grandmother.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, WI, spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He advocates for peace and against corporate power. His poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Blue Collar Review, Stoneboat, Mobius: the Journal of Social Change, and some other publications.  His first book has just been accepted by Blue Collar Review.



Sept 16          Karla Huston and Rusty McKenzie

Oct 21            The Electric Squirrels: Maryann Hurtt, Marilyn Windau, Georgia Ressmeyer

Nov 18           Sharon Auberle and Rolf Olson



AUG 14 (WEDNESDAY) DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES RICHARD E. CARTER & CAROLYN KENNEY-CARTER: 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.

 AUG 27 (TUESDAY), APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS, OSHKOSH FEATURES GEORGIA RESSMEYER:  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.   An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Twice a winner of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Georgia has published fiction, numerous poems, and a poetry chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.

SEPT 8 (SUNDAY), COWFEATHER PRESS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY & READING FOR CATHRYN COFELL & MOISES VILLAVICENCIO BARRAS:  The event takes place at 3:00 pm at the Kangaroost, 313 Dodge Street, Kaukauna.   Moises will read from his new book Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times, and Cathryn from her new book Sister Satellite.  Light refreshments, cash bar, music and books to buy and get signed!  Visit www.cowfeatherpress.org for more on both books or additional readings.

Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for 

Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator (and WFOP Regional VP)


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Poetry News About NE Wisconsin

Here’s news from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) PR Coordinator Cathryn Cofell:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 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.  

Judy Kolosso lives with her husband and two cats near Slinger, WI at the southern edge of the Northern Kettle Moraine Forest.  They also spend time in Neenah at her family’s farm where her love of nature was kindled.  Judy and her husband have two grown sons.  She has published two collections of poetry, Aubade and In The First Place, and is in the process of gathering together a third.

Fran Nelson is writing non-fiction and poetry with a group of local Valley poetry writers who are very talented and inspiring.  She enjoys all kinds of reading, writing and traveling.  Fran is retired from the medical field and actively engaged as a realtor.  A sample of her work follows:



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

Sept 17          Louis Clark and CX Dilhunt
Want more opportunities to share your craft at Harmony?  Consider Harmony’s Open Mind Program every Friday night!



7:00 pm  reading and book signing at Avol’s Books, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison.  Join sunnyoutside press poets Huston & Cofell reading from their brand spanking new collaborative chapbook, Split Personality, and BJ Best, author of State Sonnets and the forthcoming I Got Off the Train at Ash Lake.  Click on their names above for the websites of each.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, Huston & Cofell will also be leading a workshop with Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen, of two collaborative exercises from the book Wingbeats:  Exercises & Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press). This is an open workshop from 1-4:00 pm, free of charge—no need to pre-register, at the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison. Please bring a stalled poem, a pen or pencil, and paper or a notebook.

PAULA SERGI:  TUESDAY, JUNE 12:  7 p.m. the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in partnership with Windhover Center for the Arts will present a reading from Sergi’s new book, Black Forest Love Songs at the Windhover Café Gallery, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.  Of her new book, poet David Graham says:  Love in all its moods and seasons stands at the center of Paula Sergi’s Black Forest Love Songs, her strongest collection yet.  The voice here is wise and wistful, the emotional clarity notable, and the lines rich with music and dramatic detail. Sergi displays an especially sharp eye for gray areas of both thought and feeling. “I want it all,” the speaker of one poem admits; and of course wanting is at the core of life’s sweetness as well as its losses.  In fact, this book does have it all:  music, honesty, and unforgettable turns of phrase and thought in every poem.  Refreshments served.  Book signing and open mic will follow.

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, JUNE 15-16:  The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books will return to the UW-Waukesha campus on June 15-16, 2012 celebrating the theme “Freedom to Read.” 100 authors and presenters including keynote Tawni O’Dell and Wisconsin favorites Cathryn Cofell with Obvious Dog (Bruce Dethlefsen and Bill Orth), Jerry Apps, Kathie Giorgio and Jean Feraca.  View the 2012 Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books Program for detailed information about program content.

ANN PETERS:  FRIDAY, JUNE 15:  Ann Peters, a New Yorker and native of Fond du Lac, will read from her forthcoming book House Hold: A Memoir of American Place and Property.  7 pm reading at Windhover Café Gallery, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac. Refreshments will be served.  

LEN TEWS:  TUESDAY, JUNE 26:  This new venue at 200 E City Center in Oshkosh now hosts a featured reader on the 4th Tuesday of most months. Tewswill be giving a poetry reading at 6:30 pm. Len Tews retired in 1996 and moved to Seattle where he began writing  poetry.  Some of his poetry has been collected into five chapbooks: Family Poems, Dance Steps in Brass, The Moon Is Not Yet, Singing the River and Frayed Ends. His work has also been published in  Mid-America Poetry Review, The Wisconsin Review, Echoes, Fox Cry, Verse Wisconsin and other places. He has recently moved back to Oshkosh.  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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