Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is an organization founded for the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin. WFOP is a non-profit organization run wholly by volunteers. To fulfill our mission, we are looking for strong active members.
Membership is open to residents and former residents of Wisconsin who are interested in the aims and endeavors of the organization.
Member benefits include:
- Conferences: Spring and fall conferences are held around the state. More info available here.
- Bramble Lit Mag: The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets creates a quarterly members-only lit mag called Bramble. Bramble is guest-edited by a series of guest editors. See latest issue here. Bramble is now open for submissions for Spring 2017. Learn how to submit here.
- Regions: Seven regions provide additional gatherings, readings, and local events. Check here to find your region.
- Museletter: Members receive the quarterly Museletter, featuring upcoming WFOP and member events, poetry activities around the state, poetry page and more. Issues archived here.
- Calendar: Our primary fundraiser is the annual Wisconsin Poets' Calendar. Members and non-members can submit poems for consideration.
- Contests: WFOP sponsors annual contests for members and non-members. See what's open for submission here.
- Member Pages: Members are eligible for a personal page on the WFOP website, which may include contact info, bio, publications, personal website link, sample poetry and chapbooks or collections.
- Join or renew today.
Roseann St. Aubin
2016 Triad Awards
Crows crowd her dreams.
They open the screen door
and hop up the steps
catching their talons on the brown carpet.
In the dark hall they strut
pecking at baseboards.
They tap their beaks on the bed rail.
They leave their feathers in the sink.
Crows count her breaths.
They steal her rings and the pennies on the nightstand.
she slaps the pillow.
she thrashes her bony feet.
Her nails are so long now
they tear the sheets.
Her eyes are black and fearful
and permanently open.
When the sun gilds the curtains
the crows move outside
coursing across the lawn
little black ships with topsails bobbing
messengers of god
keepers of sacred law
omens of change.
She has just enough voice
to ask them to take her.
They clack their judgmental beaks
saying this is to be and
this is so.
Crows fall from the ceiling.
They fly out of the wallpaper
They lift the corners of the sweat stained sheet
and carry her out.
She is now
their new little sister
pink and wriggling
and wingless at first.