Here’s news from WFOP’s Cathryn Cofell
2018 WFOP POETS’ CALENDAR READING AND HOLIDAY GATHERING
Monday, December 4, 2017
The Draw, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton
7 – 8:30 pm
It’s a reading, a book (calendar) launch AND a holiday party – all rolled up in one!
2018 WFOP Poets’ Calendar editors Richard Swanson & Ed Werstein will share their experience as editors and to read a few of their favorite poems from this annual collection (and practical calendar)! We’ve also invited all calendar contributors who either live in Northeast Wisconsin or have frequented our monthly reading. Confirmed readers (for now) are: Emily Bowles, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Louis Clark, Cathryn Cofell, Kathryn Gahl, Sarah Gilbert, Judy Kolosso, Bobbie Lee Lovell, Peggy Turnbull and Betty Winter.
The traditional open mike will follow all these fabulous featured readers – but we encourage you to bring a poem in the theme of the evening: “holiday” or “Wisconsin” or “seasons.”
The bar will be open as usual, but we’ll also be providing coffee and tea and some holiday snacks. Bring a favorite if you’d like!
Last, but not least, bring a book to exchange (better than cookies, any day)! Gift away a favorite book you no longer need, and get a gift of a book from another attendee.
Open to the Public – All are Welcome!
NOTE: There is limited parking in front of the Draw; leave this for those who have difficulty with the longer walk from the larger parking lot which is on E. Newberry, on the south side of the building, across the bridge/lock.
ON DECK FOR 2018:
January NO PROGRAM
Feb 19 Recitation Night – Share your favorite poem by heart!
For more information about the poetry reading series in Appleton, contact Sarah Gilbert at
This event is brought to you, in part, by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP), an organization founded for the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin. To learn more, visit .
OTHER READINGS & EVENTS IN THE AREA
THE WORDS WE USE – an evening of poetry and music
Friday, December 1
UUF, 10341 Water St. (Highway 42), Ephraim
200 City Center # D, Oshkosh
Featuring Beth Coleman – pianist; Sharon Auberle – Door County Poet Laureate; Kimberly Blaeser – 2015-16 WI Poet Laureate; and Max Garland – 2013-14 WI Poet Laureate.
Free-will offering to benefit Write On Door County. Light refreshments to follow.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 920.854.7559.or call
DEADLINES & SUBMISSIONS
BRAMBLE WINTER is open for submissions now through December 10th. Cathryn Cofell (yes, me!) is the guest editor. There’s not so much a theme as a challenge for submitters. Please check out full guidelines here: http://www.wfop.org/
COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS (CWW) OPENS 2017 WISCONSIN WRITERS CONTESTS
Awards must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2018.
Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2017 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which must have been published in the contest year, and children’s literature.
First-place winners receive $500 and a one-week writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. Honorable mention recipients receive $50 and a one-week writer’s residency at the Painted Forest Study Center in Valton, WI. Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers 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 at a banquet in May 2018.
Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available in the 2017 Entry Forms section of the CWW website, wiswriters.org: http://wiswriters.org/2017-
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WI POETS CALENDAR – DEADLINE DECEMBER 1
The theme is: Celebrating Wisconsin People. Fabu is guest editor. Deadline: December 1. More details here: http://www.wfop.org/
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE STUDENTS CONTEST IS NOW OPEN
Open in two divisions: JUNIOR DIVISION (grades 6 – 8) and SENIOR DIVISION
(grades 9 – 12). Deadline: January 13.
More details here: http://www.wfop.org/
Millwork is now accepting poetry and short fiction submissions!!
Millwork is a new online literary magazine, centered in Wisconsin, seeking submissions of poetry and short fiction for 2017/2018. Millwork publishes original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction prose in English. There is no reading fee. Please, send us only your unpublished work. We do not accept previously published pieces.
New, emerging, and established poets are encouraged to submit. For further submission details or to check out Millwork‘s inaugural issue, please visit m
Fox Valley’s The Scene features a poetry column by Troy Schoultz, covering poetry readings, events, happenings, etc., and will feature a poem or two from local and statewide poets. Per Troy, submission process is ridiculously informal: email poems with your name and city of residence to firstname.lastname@example.org com.