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May 09, 2014
Lakefly Literary Conference
Oshkosh, WI


A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore
307 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI
(608) 257-7888

Avol's Bookstore
315 W. Gorham
Madison, WI
(608) 255-4730

Half Price Books
Multiple locations throughout Wisconsin. Check the website for the location nearest you.

Scholar's Haven
2611 University Ave.
Madison, WI
(608) 204-0006

Woodland Pattern Bookstore
720 East Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 263-5001

The Reader's Loft
2069 Central Court, Suite 44
Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 406-0200


Contact the Council of Teachers of English: 2812 Sussex Lane, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Wisconsin Add to Notebook
Poet Laureate

Max Garland
Max Garland was named the 2013–2014 Wisconsin poet laureate by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. His other awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship and the Arts and Letters Poetry Prize.

Featured Poets

Lorine Niedecker Lorine Niedecker
Born in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in 1903, Lorine Niedecker lived most of her life on Blackhawk Island, along the banks of the Rock River near Lake Koshkonong. An early follower of the Objectivist and Imagist schools, she gradually developed her own idiosyncratic voice and style.
Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg
Born in 1878, Carl Sandburg worked for the Social-Democrat Party in Wisconsin and later acted as secretary to the first Socialist mayor of Milwaukee from 1910 to 1912.
Kenneth Patchen Kenneth Patchen
Born in 1911, Kenneth Patchen he moved to Wisconsin after high school, where he attended Alexander Meiklejohn's Experimental College for one year and then the University of Wisconsin.
Other Wisconsin Poets
Henri Cole
Eve Merriam
Mary Rose O'Reilley
Delmore Schwartz
Jean Toomer
John Koethe
Ronald Wallace
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Literary Organizations & Centers

Council for Wisconsin Writers
Founded in 1964, the Council for Wisconsin Writers is a membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin's great literary heritage. Operated entirely by a staff of volunteers, WWC offers annual awards to local writers, including the Posner Book Award and the Niedecker Award.

Launched in 2002, PortalWisconsin is a nonprofit Web site created by the Cultural Coalition to promote culture including, arts, humanities and history in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Humanities Council
The Council awards grants to support programs in libraries, museums, universities, historical societies, schools, and other nonprofit settings throughout the state.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
Meeting since 1950, The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets aims to promote the recognition of poetry as one of the important forces making for a higher civilization and to create a finer appreciation of poetry by the public at large. The organization works to assist Wisconsin poets by providing seminars, criticism and course structured to closely study craft. They also work to promote the study of poetry in the schools of the state.

Woodland Pattern Book Center
The Center houses a bookstore with over 25,000 small press titles otherwise unavailable in the Milwaukee area. The space also includes an art gallery, which serves as a place for exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for adults and children. The Woodland Pattern Book Center is a non-profit organization.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

The Wisconsin Book Festival
The Wisconsin Book Festival differs from other state book festivals by extending its programs statewide on a year-round basis. Through a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant program, community groups are able to apply for funds that will allow them to start Wisconsin Book Festival programs in their own communities. In addition, existing and new literary events across Wisconsin can now be designated as official Wisconsin Book Festival events through a simple application process. Finally, all Wisconsin Book Festival events are listed on a comprehensive statewide calendar on the website, which provides a single source for information on literary events and reading programs all across the state.

Poems about Wisconsin

I rose from marsh mud
by Lorine Niedecker
I rose from marsh mud...

From "John Muir, A Century and More After His Time"
by Janet Lewis
I have seen those Indians in their birch canoes...
Writing Programs & Colonies

University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Program
The Creative Writing Program at Wisconsin provides a full range of opportunities for students and writers to study, practice, and receive recognition for the craft of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The University houses The Madison Review literary magazine, The University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series (Brittingham and Pollak Prizes), the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (post-MFA fellowships), and hosts a reading series.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Graduate Concentration in Creative Writing
A major component of the program is the final project--a substantial work of fiction or poetry which should grow out of the student's course work and independent study. The student takes an oral exam on the project and a related reading list of texts representative of the student's literary background and interests. Students also work on The Cream City Review.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

Abraxas Press
The press publishes contemporary poetry, with a special emphasis on the lyric mode; poetry in translation; essays; criticism; and reviews of small press poetry books. Abraxas Magazine is the press's poetry magazine and it has international distribution. Abraxas also hosts a poetry reading series.

The Cream City Review
The Cream City Review, a biannual journal, publishes 25-35 poems, 5-8 stories, 5-8 essays, 1-3 book reviews, and the work of 2 or three visual artists in each issue. The journal operates from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Parallel Press
An imprint of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Parallel Press publishes print and digital publications featuring new works of scholars, researchers, and poets. Their poetry chapbook series was launched in 1999. Six poetry chapbooks are published annually.

Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine
This semi-annually published journal based out of Cedarburg features poetry, essays, short fiction, plays, visual art and interviews with world class artists and writers.

The University of Wisconsin Press
Located in Madison, the University of Wisconsin Press publishes a poetry series, with both the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry.

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