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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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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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NE WI Poetry News Includes CWW Awards Contests Info

Following is information about poetry events, workshops and deadlines in Northeast Wisconsin submitted by Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’  Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler:

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm, PETER SHERRILL featured at the DICKINSON POETRY SERIES 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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Monday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, ANNETTE GRUNSETH AND TORI GRANT WELHOUSE 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!

Annette L. Grunseth, is a part-time freelance writer, retired from a long career in healthcare marketing and public relations. She is a regular contributor to WFOP calendars and has been published in Wisconsin Academy Review, Midwest Prairie Review, Free Verse, Ariel Anthology, Poetry of Cold, Fox Cry Review and Peninsula Pulse. She’s a Wisconsin Badger with a Communications, Radio/TV/Film degree from UW Madison. She prefers quiet sports and grew up in a household filled with word play and writers. Annette says poetry and kayaks are a perfect pairing (after wine and poetry, of course ). She discovered it’s amazing to write poetry while floating among the lily pads in her kayak, thanks to the audio feature on the iPhone Notepad and a good, phone-sized dry bag.

Tori Grant Welhouse received her MFA from Antioch International in London and now lives in rural Green Bay where she is a Regional Director for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) and coordinates the poetry reading series Imagine! She recently published a chapbook Canned with Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has also appeared in Literary Mama, The Greensboro Review, anderbo.com, Melusine, Verse Wisconsin, Broad!, Glassworks and Split Rock Review. One of her poems received Honorable Mention in Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Prize Contest, and she placed third in the Kay Saunders Emerging Poet Contest. She likes the idea of emerging over 50.

ON DECK at COPPER ROCK:

Dec 7 WI Fellowship of Poets Calendar Contributors

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

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Tuesday, November 24, Sylvia Cavanaugh at CARAMEL CRISP, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh at 6:15pm, followed by an open mic. Originally from Pennsylvania, Sylvia has an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin.  She teaches high school African and Asian cultural studies and is the school poetry club advisor. Most recently, she was the 2015 winner of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Donn Goodwin Prize.

Please come early and treat yourself to coffee, dessert or other goodies to enjoy during the reading which begins promptly at 6:15.  This will allow us time for a few minutes of visiting before Caramel 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:

December – no reading

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Thursday, November 19, 6-8 PM, Nathan J. Reid & Ken Zahorski, 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.

WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

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Wednesday, November 4: 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.

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Saturday, November 14 11:30 am-4 pm: Celebrate Writing: A Reader & Author Fair, KRESS FAMILY BRANCH LIBRARY, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere. Network with authors and publishers, as well as check out book displays and sales.

12:00 pm Author Erin Celello (Learning to Stay and Miracle Beach) speaks on aspects of the writer’s life.

2:00 pm Local experts discuss today’s publishing options for aspiring writers.

3:00 pm Readings from members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

Enjoy displays and sales throughout the day.

DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS

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 CALL FOR POEMS

. . . and out of what one sees and hears, and out of what one feels, who could have thought to make so many sensuous worlds . . . . Wallace Stevens

2017 WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR

Published by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

Editors:  Francha Barnard and Estella Lauter

Water, Water everywhere, but. . . .

Go for it—not the water but your poems about it, the theme for the 2017 calendar. Keep in mind how pervasive water is in Wisconsin lives.  We’re talking here about the liquidstate (including tears), the solid, even the vapor.  Maybe the water of your poems is an ingredient in something else; maybe you’re in it. Maybe it’s hot!  Interpret the themebroadly and surprise us. We encourage poems that draw on science, philosophy, psychology and politics in addition to waterscapes.

Feel free to submit poems that have already been published elsewhere. If you do, please include full publication information.

Submission Guidelines

Poets must be 18 or over, a resident of Wisconsin or have a close connection to Wisconsin.  You do not have to be a current WFOP member to submit.

Submit one to three poems.  Shorter poems are more likely to be accepted, but each poem in your submission should be no more than 24 lines, single spaced in a standard font and not centered.

E-mail submissions are strongly preferred.  If you don’t have access to e-mail, you may post your poems to:  Francha Barnard, 7877 Frogtown Rd.,  Bailey’s Harbor, WI. 54202.

In the body of your e-mail, please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Follow with a bio of no more than 30 words.  Then copypaste your poems into the email. You may also attach them (doc, docx or RTF—not pdf) to tthe same email, especially if there is something unusual about the formatting. Please remove everything but the poem from your file before you copy or attach. Put all of your poems in one document. Then send  to: wfopcalendar2017@gmail.com.

We will confirm receipt of your submission by email. (Please send a stamped post card for confirmation by snail mail.)  We will carefully consider all poems and respond on or about January 31, 2016.

Submissions accepted: September 1- December 1, 2015.

Deadline reiterated:  December 1, 2015

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CWW OPENS 2015 WISCONSIN WRITERS AWARDS TODAY!

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.

For more information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its Awards program, please go to http://www.wiswriters.org.

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Book Features Poet’s Health Challenge

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell invites one and all to the launch of poet Sarah Gilbert’s new book. Here’s Cofell’s announcement:
Chapbook Release Party and Reading
Sarah Gilbert’s chapbook of poems from her cancer experiences,  Tendril: Living With Lynch Syndrome , was published by Finishing Line Press in February. To celebrate, Sarah will hold a reception and reading in the Palmer Fellowship Room at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 N Drew St, Appleton, 3-4:30  pm on Sunday, March 22,  Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. All are invited!

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WFOP Finds New Digs

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Sarah Gilbert & Cathryn Cofell report good news:

We have found a new poetry reading home in Appleton: Copper Rock Cafe at 210 W. College Avenue www.copperrockcoffee.com, a few blocks west of Harmony Cafe on the opposite side of College Avenue downtown.

Our transition will hopefully be fairly smooth due to the similarities of location and ambiance. Copper Rock has a separate well-lit room, The Gallery, that opens off of the main area. They have a full cafe menu and are open until 10pm, in case you want to come early for dinner or stay later for schmoozing. Parking is either on the street with meters or in a couple of $2 parking garages close by.   One drawback is that they have no sound system. We plan to try our first reading January 12 without amplification and see how that is. If needed we will seek out donations to secure a portable microphone and speaker.

Our start time is also going to shift slightly. We invite you to arrive by 6:45 or earlier to get refreshments, sign up for the open mic, and socialize, with the reading beginning promptly at 7. As in the past, each featured reader will have 20-25 minutes, followed by the Open Mic (or Mike, whichever you prefer).  Here’s who we have slated for the first half of the year:

Jan 12:  Tom Erickson and C. Kubasta

Feb 16: Andrew McSorley, Melissa Hope Range, Charles Austin Segrest

Mar 16: Richard Swanson and Timothy Walsh

Apr 20: Lawrence University Students

May 18: Georgia Ressmeyer and Marilyn Windau

Jun 15: Emilie Lindemann and James A. Gollata

Thank you for your support while we negotiated with and deliberated about the many options for this move. We are still sad that Harmony Cafe will soon close, but look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Copper Rock Cafe. We hope you’ll join us at our new location!

 

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WFOP Swan Song at Harmony Cafe; Needs New Home

From Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell-Mutschler
It’s hard to believe that Monday, December 1 will be the final poetry reading at Harmony Cafe in Appleton.  We’ve been there since June 2005!  We’re grateful to Goodwill Industries for making it a special place to celebrate poetry and meet new friends.
Please join us on for that final reading on December 1 at 6:30 p.m., 233 E. College Ave:  
Featuring Steve and Jeanie Tomasko, exceptional poets and editors of the 2015 WFOP Poets’ Calendar,  spiral-bound 5½” x 8½” anthology with a page of poetry facing each calendar week.  The calendar features art by Ralph Murre and poems from over 200 poets.  Steve and Jeanie will discuss the selection process and read work from the calendar.  Poets featured in this calendar will be invited up to read.
 
Double feature:  please bring another poem you love as farewell to Harmony Cafe — one you’ve heard or shared or wrote while at Harmony, or wish you’d written!  
For more information contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.

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Harmony Cafe to Close

Here’s not-so-happy news from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Cathryn Cofell:

“We’ve recently been informed that Goodwill will be closing Harmony Cafe in Appleton (and Green Bay) by the end of this year.  More on the story below if interested:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/companies/buzz/2014/11/14/harmony-cafes-to-close-in-appleton-and-green-bay/19008621/

We are working to find a new venue for our reading series but while looking, will use this as an opportunity to survey all of you about your preferences for the future.  Please watch for that survey and take the time to respond.  Thank you for your patience and support as we make this shift.

Meanwhile, two readings remain before the close of the cafe.  Please join us tomorrow to hear Jeffrey & Joan Johannes and read one or two of your own.  We’ve decided to expand the December reading to include a celebration of our many years at Harmony, so hope you can all come out to hear poems read from the WFOP Calendar and share a poem you’ve previously read at Harmony.

Dates & details below.

Cathryn Cofell & Sarah Gilbert

Monday, NOVEMBER 17, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton​, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton:

JOAN & JEFFREY JOHANNES — Joan Wiese Johannes’s fourth chapbook, He Thought the Periodic Table Was a Portrait of God, was published last fall by Finishing Line press and includes the 2011 regional winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest and award winners in contests sponsored by Peninsula Pulse and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her previously published chapbook, Sensible Shoes, was the 2009 winner of the John and Miriam Morris Chapbook contest sponsored by the AL Poetry Society. Joan agrees with the stage manager in Our Town  who said that only poets and saints truly appreciate life while living it.

In 2013 Jeffrey Johannes’s first chapbook, Ritual for Beginning Again, was published, he received a Pushcart nomination, and was an award winner in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Triad contest. He also won the 2012 Hal Grutzmacher Poetry Award sponsored by Peninsula Pulse, and his poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies. Jeffrey is also an artist and cartoonist, making what he calls “pometoons”, which are cartoon versions of his poems.

Featured reader(s) at 6:30 pm, brief open mic after.

​ON DECK AT HARMONY:

​Monday, ​Dec 1​, 6:30 pm, 2015 WFOP Calendar reading with editors Steve and Jeannie Tomasko – bring a poem from the calendar, yours or one you love​ AND Farewell to Harmony Cafe Reading Series – ​bring a poem you’ve heard or shared and help us bid Harmony adieu.

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