Next Conference:

East Region
VP: Ed Werstein

Dates: April 28 & 29, 2017
Venue: Park East Hotel, 916 East State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. 

Call 414-276-8800 for reservations. Mention Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets or WFOP for group rate. The hotel is located one block from Lake Michigan and a short walk from the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Featured Presenter: Mark Doty

A new book of poems — or of anything — by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time. The precision, daring, scope, elegance of his compassion and of the language in which he embodies it are a reassuring pleasure.
— W.S. Merwin
Mark Doty

Mark Doty

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and the Heaven's Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize. Doty is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, and also teaches in NYU's low-residency MFA program in Paris.

Consider staying for two nights as there is a Mark Doty event at the Park East open to the public Saturday Night. You could also visit the Milwaukee Art Museum later Saturday or Sunday morning. 

Roll Call

At every conference during the general session there are designated times for poetry "roll call." All attendees are invited to come forward to share a poem with the group. Typically shorter poems work best, especially if they do not require a lot of explanation. Bring your best!


Future Conferences

Generally the WFOP holds a conference in the spring and fall. We aim for late April/early May or late October/early November. However, holidays, local events, and anticipated weather conditions can occasionally trump those dates.

Eighty to a hundred of the state's most passionate poets gather to engage in workshops, readings, open mics, book fairs and a banquet/awards ceremony.

All experience levels are welcome! For your first conference we offer FREE registration. Conference registration is always FREE for students. Please pay for breakfast and/or lunch separately, if desired.

Writing is a solitary journey. Make connections on the way. We're a room of writing friends you haven't met yet. Hope to see you there!

The seven WFOP regions take turns hosting the conferences. The conferences generally run from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon.

FALL 2017
Northwest Region
VP: Jan Chronister (acting)

Dates: November 10 & 11, 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn, 1001
Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482

Central/Fox Valley
VP: Christina Kubasta

FALL 2018
VP: Tori Grant Welhouse

West Central
VP: Sandra Lindow

More detailed conference details will follow.