Winter 2019

Submission Period: November 1 - December 15, 2018
Guest Editors: Joan & Jeffrey Johannes

Bramble is open to all subjects, styles & forms of poetry. However, our Guest Editors are especially interested in work that responds to the following prompt:

In his classic acting text, An Actor Prepares, Constantin Stanislavsky wrote, “Time is a splendid filter for our remembered feelings – besides it is a great artist. It not only purifies, it also transmutes even painfully realistic memories into poetry.”

Stanislavsky elaborated on his statement by saying that when time filters, it makes the good memories better, the bad memories worse, and the middle memories disappear. So, think about the halos you put on your good memories and the crepe you hang on your bad ones, and try to resurrect those everyday memories that you have let disappear.

 Joan & Jeffrey Johannes

Joan & Jeffrey Johannes

Jeffrey and Joan Wiese Johannes have been active in Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for many years and were the co-editors of the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Jeffrey has a chapbook, Ritual for Beginning Again, and poems in numerous anthologies and journals, including Nimrod, Modern Haiku, English Journal, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendars, Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry, Poems of the Night Sky, Allegro & Adagio Dance Anthology, and Bramble. He won the Hal Grutzmacher Poetry Award sponsored by Peninsula Pulse and Triad contests sponsored by WFOP.

Joan has also won Triad contests and the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. Her third chapbook, Sensible Shoes, was the winner of the John and Miriam Morris Chapbook Contest sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Poetry Society, and her fourth chapbook He Thought the Periodic Table Was a Portrait of God was recently published by Finishing Line Press. After teaching high school for 34 years, they are enjoying retirement in Port Edwards where they live with their golden retriever Sophie and too many collections to dust, but as Picasso said, “Dust is God’s way of protecting things!”

Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome unsolicited submissions from Wisconsin poets* & WFOP members. Please send one submission of 1-3 poems (of any length and style) to Put your last name and "Bramble Submission" in the subject line. In the body of the email please include a cover letter with mailing address, poet pic, a 50 word bio, and your poems. Please do not submit poems as a separate attachment unless your poem requires special formatting (PDF preferred).

  • No previously published poems; no simultaneous submissions.

  • Please make only one submission to Bramble per issue.

  • If your work was accepted in the last issue of Bramble, we ask that you wait out a cycle before you submit again.

  • Contributing authors and artists will receive one contributor's copy of the print issue.

  • If you are interested in providing original artwork for the cover, please query at

  • Quarterly issues include: Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.

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*Bramble seeks to celebrate Wisconsin poets & poetry, as part of the mission of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. For our purposes, this includes poets who live & write (a substantial portion of the year) in Wisconsin, as well as students studying in Wisconsin. If we cannot determine from your bio or mailing address whether this is you – we won’t be able to consider your submission.

WFOP is an inclusive and accommodating group. Benefits of membership are listed here. If you have any questions or concerns about membership please contact our membership chair at Membership is calendar year based from January to December. Join here.

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