DATES: Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26
HOTEL: Holiday Inn, Amber Drive, Stevens Point
VP: James Roberts
REGION: South Central
Reservations will open later this summer.
The Magic of Poetry
Cynthia Marie Hoffman
CYNTHIA MARIE HOFFMAN is the author of the three poetry collections Sightseer, Paper Doll Fetus, and Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy.
Her work has appeared in Fence, diode, The Journal, The Missouri Review Online, and elsewhere. Collections have appeared as an intro feature in Pleiades, a featured chapbook in Mid-American Review, and in the annual Introductions Reading Loop online at Blackbird.
Cynthia has taught creative writing and composition at George Mason University, the University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood College. She works at an electrical engineering firm in Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
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!
DATES: Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2
HOTEL: Blue Harbor, Sheboygan
VP: Ed Werstein
REGION: East Region
Melissa Tuckey is a poet and literary activist. She has a background in environmental activism and is a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to “calling poets to the center of public life.” Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Prize (2013) and editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press 2018).
Her honors include a fellowship at Black Earth Institute, a winter fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and writing awards from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Ohio Arts Council. She holds an MFA from George Mason University, and teaches community-based creative writing workshops in Ithaca, New York.
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 and book fairs.
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.
Conference Planning Guidelines (for VPs)