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Writers Residency Wednesday Evening Readings

7:00 pm in the Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce Street
Mineral Point, WI
Free Admission

Read more about our Writing Residency Partnerships.

January 10, 2018
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Poetry Contest Winner, 2017

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. Educated at the University of Montana (BA), the Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA), and the University of Denver (PhD) his work has been published over thirty times in various print and online journals such as the Columbia Poetry Review, the Black Warrior Review, the Los Angeles Review, the Colorado Review, and Cutbank. The author of two book-length poems, North of Order (YesYes Books, 2015) and Book of Lake (Cutbank Press, 2016), his work has received numerous national awards, including: the Grist Pro-Forma Prize; the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize; the Cutbank prize for Prose Poetry; the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize; The Red Hen Press Poetry Award; and the Camber Press Chapbook Award. His most recent manuscript, ORIENT, a finalist for both the Omnidawn Poetry Prize and the Pleiades' Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, recently won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Award and is slated for publication in the Spring of 2018. He has served in an editorial capacity at both the Iowa Review and the Denver Quarterly. Since receiving a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-2011, Gulig's creative and critical work has focused primarily on binary (mis)constructions of "eastern" and "western" cultural ideals as they occur in both popular and academic mediums. Of his writing, Graham Foust has written that Gulig's poems are "a record of someone struggling to find the vital combinations for the words with which he's both struck and stuck, an essaying that succeeds in creating for us-in lines and stanzas and sentences- something akin to a new vocabulary. Here is language "hungered into," which is to say "verse," that strangest of nourishments." Dr. Gulig now serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the UW-Whitewater, where he runs the Warhawk Reading and Lecture Series.

 January 17, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award Winner, 2016

David Southward teaches introductory Honors courses on Shakespeare, modern fiction, film, and comics, as well as upper-level courses on poetry and aesthetics, at UW-Milwaukee. His published essays on Jane Austen and Henry James explore the role of emotional intelligence in the novel. Having studied at Northwestern (BA English and Creative Writing) and Yale (PhD English Language and Literature) Universities, David's pilgrimage to his own voice began aboard a ferry boat at sea (read more here). And here! In addition to writing poetry, David enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and talking about art of all kinds. 

January 24, 2018
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Fiction Contest Winner, 2017

Bob Wake
lives in Cambridge, Wisconsin. His short stories have appeared in Wisconsin People & Ideas, Madison Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Rosebud Magazine, and The Madison Review. His collection Caffeine and Other Stories appeared in 1997. He blogs at www.coffeespew.org.

February 21, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Norbert Blei & August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award, 2016

Paula vW. Dáil, Ph.D. is an emerita research professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy. She was founding director of the Center for the Study of Poverty at Virginia Tech University and director of the Child Welfare Research and Homelessness Research Projects at Iowa State University. Widely published in the social sciences, she is the author of several hundred scholarly works, has written nearly an equal number of media statements on social welfare and public policy issues for the general public, and is the recipient of multiple awards for her research, graduate teaching, and non-fiction writing. She has twice received the Council for Wisconsin Writers Non-fiction Book of the Year Award.

To learn more: visit Paula Dail and We Rise to Resist; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

February 28, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, 2016

Catherine Jagoe is a poet, essayist and translator based in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born in Britain and has a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her book Bloodroot (2016) won the Settlement House American Poetry Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Award and an Outstanding Work of Poetry award from the Wisconsin Library Association. She also has three poetry chapbooks: Casting Off; News from the North; and What the Sad Say. Her poems have been featured by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and on Poetry Daily. Her essays have appeared in the Pushcart Prize XL 2016 anthology, The Gettysburg Review, Chautauqua, TriQuarterly, American Athenaeum, and Ninth Letter, as well as on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life series.

Click here to learn more and to read samples of her work.
March 7, 2018
Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2017-2018

Karla Huston makes her home in Appleton. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Huston started writing poetry in her forties when she began teaching creative writing at Neenah High School, where she worked for fifteen years.  

Huston thinks of herself as a Wisconsin writer and much of her writing reflects Wisconsin values. Her poetry finds its roots in the stories we tell, those memories which define us as human. Her poems often draw on art, Greek myth and Hollywood movie stars of yore. Recurrent themes often have to do with aging and women.

Huston regularly speaks at book festivals, writing conferences about the public value of poetry and the arts. She has taught poetry workshops at The Mill: A Place for Writers in Appleton since 2011. In addition to traveling the state for readings, as Poet Laureate Huston hopes to nurture poetry among the elderly and memory-impaired by working with Memory Cafés. 

The author of eight chapbooks of poems, Huston received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for her full collection, A Theory of Lipstick. Huston’s work has garnered many other awards, including a Pushcart Prize for the poem “Theory of Lipstick.” Her writing has earned her residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  

You can learn more about Karla Huston at the Wisconsin Poet Laureate website and Facebook page.

March 14, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Zona Gale Short Fiction Award, 2016

Liz Wyckoff
, born and raised in northern New York, has an MFA from Oregon State University. Her short fiction has been published in Copper Nickel, The Collagist, and Quarterly West, among other journals, and she received the 2016 Zona Gale Short Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her profiles, reviews, and interviews have appeared online at Tin House, the Rumpus, and Electric Literature. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Stories available online: 

"Is It You, Kelly Weiner?" in The Collagist
"What We Know" in fwriction : review
March 28, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, 2016

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers which called the novel, her third Dave Cubiak Door County mystery, “beautifully plotted” with a protagonist “the reader can empathize and connect with.”  Death Stalks Door County, the first installment, was shortlisted for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, and Death at Gills Rock, which followed, was named one of the year’s best by Chicago Book Review. Death Rides the Ferry, her fourth book, will be published this spring. “A first rate series” says Kirkus.

Skalka was featured in a cover story in the 2017 summer issue of Door County Magazine. Her short story “Winter’s Light” appears in the magazine’s current issue.

A resident of both Chicago and Door County, Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career as a nonfiction writer. Her many credits include Staff Writer for the Reader’s Digest, book reviewer, and writing instructor.  

Click here to learn more and to read samples of her work.

April 11, 2018
Council for Wisconsin Writers Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award Winner, 2016

Carolyn Kott Washburne
has been a freelance writer and editor for 35 years. The author of seven books, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Utne Reader, Mademoiselle, Ms. Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Milwaukee Magazine. She is also an adjunct associate professor emerita at in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she taught creative nonfiction and editing for 33 years.

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