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News & Reviews
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2015 Isthmus Haiku Contest results:

6/10/15: Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate:

Urban Spoken Word Collective, the third-Thursday slam and poetry reading at Genna's on the Capitol square, was named one of Madison's best ways to live it up on a budget.

The poems from Bridge I, II, III, and IV are now up on the Chazen website:

Calls for Submissions

Expressive Art and Writing Contest for Teens Touched by Cancer
Are you a teen (age 13-18) who's been touched by cancer? Perhaps someone you love has experienced a cancer diagnosis, or you've witnessed how cancer has shaped the life of someone you know? Maybe you are a cancer survivor yourself? Cancer may leave wounds, but the pain can transform into healing. Express yourself through prose, poetry, music, art, photography, or any creative outlet that tells your story. Let your light shine. A reception will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 6-8 pm for all teens who submit their work, as well as for their guests. Submissions will be shared and winners will be announced. Original Submissions due Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.

Gilda’s Club Madison
c/o Carissa Hodgson-Teen Art Contest
7907 UW Health Court
Middleton, WI 53562

Subject: Teen Art Contest
Along with your submission, please include your name, phone, e-mail, and a short description of how your life has been affected by cancer.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council awards grants for public humanities programs, which deepen our understanding of life, culture and society through reflection and conversation rooted in the study of history, literature and other branches of the humanities. Our grants are offered to non-profits and ad hoc committees for programs—and many of them involve poetry! Our grants are up to $10,000.00 in seven different cycles throughout the year, and giving grants to small communities in Wisconsin is one of our top priorities. Programs we have helped to bring to fruition include a poetry festival by The Friends of Lorine Niedecker in Fort Atkinson, a workshop and reading featuring Todd Boss at the McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, and a Native American reading series in Lac du Flambeau. Learn more about how your own local community can be aided in providing poetic programming to the general public by checking out the WHC grant guidelines, and calling Shoshauna Shy at (608) 262-0706. Upcoming events statewide that we have helped with financial support at

Awards & Publications

March 25, 2015: Wisconsin Writers Award Winners announced by CWW
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is proud to announce the winners and honorable mentions for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards. Winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2014 will each receive $500 and a week-long writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50. Out-of-state judges made the decisions for each award.

The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Chloe Krug Benjamin of Madison for The Anatomy of Dreams (Atria/Simon & Schuster). There was no honorable mention this year.

John Hildebrand of Eau Claire is the winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac (Wisconsin Historical Society Press). Tom Pamperin of Chippewa Falls receives honorable mention for Jagular Goes Everywhere: (mis) Adventures in a $300 Sailboat (Cedar Street Press).

Sean Bishop of Madison is the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for his book The Night We’re Not Sleeping In (Sarabande Books). Honorable mention goes to Angela Sorby of Milwaukee for The Sleeve Waves (UW Press).

Double Exposure (Sky Pony Press) by Bridget Birdsall of Madison is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award. Janet Halfmann of South Milwaukee receives honorable mention for Animal Teachers (Blue Apple Books).

Margaret Benbow of Madison is the winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction with “Joe Szabo and the Gypsy Bride” (The Antioch Review). Liam Callanan of Milwaukee is the recipient of an honorable mention for “Exhibit A” (Commonweal).

Catherine Jagoe of Madison is the winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for her essay “A Ring of Bells” (Gettysburg Review). Patti See of Chippewa Falls receives honorable mention for her essay “Hunter’s Mother” (The WayFarer).

The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to Cathryn Cofell of Appleton. Honorable mention goes to DeWitt Clinton of Shorewood.

The winner of the $250 CWW Essay Award for Young Writers is Kade Byrand of Sheboygan, a sophomore at IDEAS Academy in Sheboygan for his essay “Shadow Dad.” Honorable mention goes to Erica Howe of Readstown, a junior at Viroqua Area Public School, for her essay “Narrowing it Down.”

CWW’s biennial award, the $500 Christopher Latham Sholes Award, recognizes a Wisconsin resident for his or her outstanding encouragement and support of Wisconsin writers. This year’s winner is Daniel Goldin, the owner of Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee.

The public is invited to celebrate Mr. Goldin and our state’s fine writers at the CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Banquet tickets must be reserved by Tuesday, May 12.

More information about the winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers can be found at

Motherlung, by Lisa Marie Brodsky, has been published by Salmon Poetry.

"Lisa Marie Brodsky's poems are like a knife cutting away subcutaneous fat to reveal the abnormal tissue that needs to be excised before the healing can begin. Motherlung, in its quiet emotive passion, chronicles the tenuous strength of the mother- daughter relationship in terms so stark and final it leaves the reader gasping for breath at the end of each poem … and understanding at the end of each life. These poems will stay with you, a perpetual guiding play of light and shadow over the soul." —James P. Roberts

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