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Winter Writers Reading Series

7:00 PM in the Lind Pavilion

411 Commerce Street
Mineral Point, WI
Free Admission

Read more about our Writing Residency Partnerships.
March 20, 2019
Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, 2017

Matt Cashion was born in North Wilkesboro, NC, in the Blue Ridge mountains, where his first words were mumbled, where his father’s side of the family still lives and where some of his writing is set. Prior to earning an MFA from the University of Oregon, Cashion was an award-winning journalist. After working with facts for two years, he graduated to other jobs such as piano-moving, bartending, and 3rd shift convenience store clerking. He lives now in beautiful western Wisconsin, next to the Mississippi River, where he is happy to be employed as a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He lives with Heather, his partner, and their many wild and domestic animals.

Find his award winning book: Our Thirteenth Divorce, published by Livingston Press.

March 27, 2019
Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest Winner, 2018

Jenna Rindo is a poet who, along with her husband, has raised five children on five acres in Pickett, Wisconsin, where they also tend a small flock of chickens and Shetland sheep. Her poetry and essays have been published most recently in Natural BridgePrism ReviewTampa Review, and Bellingham Review. An avid runner and biker, Rindo competes in triathlons and road races ranging from the 5K to the marathon. A former pediatric nurse, Rindo now teaches English to non-native speakers.

Read her award winning poem: "Head, Thorax, and Abdomen," published in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.
April 10, 2019
Council for Wisconsin Writers Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award, 2017

Ronnie Hess is a journalist and poet who began a career in broadcast journalism at Wisconsin Public Radio. In the 1980s, she was a reporter/producer for CBS News in Paris, spending nearly four years in France reporting on political, social, and cultural issues. After she returned to the Midwest, she worked for Minnesota Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio and was a freelance writer/producer for the “American Justice” series that aired on A&E. Returning to UW-Madison, she became director of communications in the Division of International Studies. During a sabbatical year, from 2004 to 2005, she taught middle school English in France.

She is the author of three poetry chapbooks (Whole Cloth; Ribbon of Sand; A Woman in Vegetable), two culinary travel guides (Eat Smart in France; Eat Smart in Portugal – both, Ginkgo Press), and has contributed to many publications – national, regional and local – including SaveurThe Christian Science Monitor, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She was restaurant critic for several years for Madison Magazine and was a freelance arts critic for The Capital Times.

Read her winning short nonfiction memoir: "Berlin Letters," published by Poor Yorick Journal.

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Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest Winner, 2018

Michael Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing as a book and music critic has appeared in the Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia WeeklyMilwaukee Journal SentinelThe Scene, and Magnet. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and has spent 35 years working in diverse research and engineering roles. An extensive world traveller, Hopkins currently lives on a farmette near Neenah with his wife and their dog, cats, and chickens.

Read his winning short story: "Static", published in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.

January 9, 2019
Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, 2017

Matthew Guenette received an MFA from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of two previous poetry collections: American Busboy(University of Akron Press, 2011) and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008) as well as a chapbook, Civil Disobedience (Rabbit Catastrophe Press, 2017). Recent work has appeared in Forklift: OhioSpoon River Poetry ReviewSou’westerSouthern Indiana Review, and TYPO. He lives in Madison and teaches composition and creative writing at Madison College.

Find his award winning book: Vasectomania published by University of Akron Press.

January 16, 2019
Council for Wisconsin Writers Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, 2017

Ed Werstein lives in Milwaukee, WI, and is a regional vice-president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He was nearly 60 years old when his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His poems have appeared in over 50 different journals and anthologies. He won the Poetry Society of Michigan’s Margo LaGattuta award in 2015. 

His book: A Tar Pit To Dye In, is available from Kelsay Books.

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