2018 Spring Conference


Friday Night: New Voices from the Fox Valley

Featuring Stewart Cole, Megan Gannon, Austin Segrest, and emerging poets.

Stewart Cole is the author of Questions in Bed (Goose Lane, 2012). A Canadian expatriate, he lives in Wisconsin, where he teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Megan Gannon is the author of Cumberland, a novel, and White Nightgown, a book of poems. Currently, she is revising her second novel, Claim, and composing the poems for her second collection, Dispatch from the Middle Distance. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Ripon College.

Austin Segrest was born and raised in Alabama. He teaches poetry at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. His poems appear recently in Ecotone, 32 Poems, and Image, where he was featured as an Artist of the Month. He writes long-form poetry reviews for Southern Humanities Review. 


Saturday Panel: Collaboration between Poets and Across Genres

Featuring Abayomi Animashaun, Katrin Talbot, Jeanie Tomasko.

Abayomi Animashaun is a Nigerian émigré, who came to the United States in the mid 1990s. Abayo is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.    

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Little Red Poem was recently released from dancing girl press. She has three other chapbooks, and has recently been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry. A small selection of her collaborative work includes: poetry and photography collaborations with multi-media classical music concerts performed in New York City, Australia, and Romania; a Madison Symphony photography and poetry exhibit; a residency as poet for the Sound Ensemble Wisconsin (SEW) chamber music group; collaborations with Chef Daniel Bonanno, and SEW to combine original poetry with Bonanno’s menu and SEW’s music selections to produce a performance combining all three. She runs the Bridge Poetry Series with the Chazen Museum of Art. Her coffee table book, Schubert’s Winterreise-A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image, and Song is published by the UW Press and won a Best of the Best of University Presses Award. She is a violist, photographer, and poet, all of whom live in Madison.

Jeanie Tomasko is the author of a few books of poetry, first of which was Tricks of Light (Parallel Press), and forthcoming early 2018 from Red Bird Chapbooks, dear little fist. All of her books published in-between can be found on her website, jeanietomasko.com. including three poetry/art collaborative works she put together with her friend and WFOP member, Sharon Auberle. She works as a home health nurse in Madison, Wisconsin.