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MADISON —The Department of Public Instruction is filling a void in the world of educational materials thanks to a collaborative project involving DPI staff and more than a dozen authors from around Wisconsin. The video series, called “Wisconsin Writes,” features walk-throughs of the writing process by each author and a look at their typical work day. Each author who agreed to participate appears in two types of videos. First, they demonstrate their writing process by moving forward on an actual piece they were working on. The second element, a straightforward interview, gives students advice on writing and a sense of what it’s all about. Featured writers include the state’s poet laureate, Kimberly Blaeser of Burlington, poetry, Wisconsin Poet Laureate, “Goodbye to All That.” Numerous other writers from throughout the state donated their time to help students understand writing.
2015 Isthmus Haiku Contest results: isthmus.com/arts/isthmus-haiku-contest-2015/
6/10/15: Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate: washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/juan-felipe-herrera-becomes-first-hispanic-american-us-poet-laureate/2015/06/09/12de51b8-0eb0-11e5-adec-e82f8395c032_story.html
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. m.isthmus.com/article.php?article=40890
The poems from Bridge I, II, III, and IV are now up on the Chazen website: chazen.wisc.edu/about/multimedia-center/publications.
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
Awards & Publications
Catherine Jagoe of Madison has won the 2015-16 Settlement House American Poetry Prize. Her collection of poems, Bloodroot, will be published in the fall.
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 wiswriters.org.
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