From Our Last Conference in Spring 2019:
Members from Eau Claire Women in Theater explore “Confluence” in a collaborative poem featuring lines from poems by Wisconsin Poets Laureate. Also included is the poem by Debbie Brown that inspired the idea.
DATES: Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26
HOTEL: Holiday Inn, Amber Drive, Stevens Point
VP: James Roberts
REGION: South Central
The room rate is $109.00, not including taxes and fees.
Hotel reservations can be made before 9/26/2019 by calling 715-344-0200 ext. 3 and asking for WFOP group block rate.
The Magic of Poetry
Magic is in the air this year! The Fall 2019 Conference features hands-on activities, including a Friday afternoon workshop with Cynthia Marie Hoffman on “Using Family History in Your Poetry.” Friday night, local magician Robby Johnson will awe and mesmerize you with a performance, followed by Open Mic. On Saturday morning, Quaan Logan will give a workshop on how to “Podcast Your Poetry Over the Internet.” This year the roll call poems will be part of a podcast — a feat never done before at a conference.* Finally, at each table you will find a Top Hat decoration. Inside the Top Hat will be pages from fairy tales from which you can compose a group poem with others at your table and at the end of the conference have the opportunity to share your “magical group poem”! See full Agenda here.
[* If you do not wish your poems to be podcast, you can indicate that on the registration form, and your poem will be edited out.]
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.
QUAAN LOGAN is Artist-In-Residence at The JVN Project in Madison, Wisconsin. He works with various recording artists as an audio engineer and producer. This includes anything from singles and EP's to full album musical projects. Always open to collaborations and clients for mixing and mastering. Quaan will be doing a workshop on podcasting your poetry on Saturday morning.
ROBBY JOHNSON (ROBBY THE MAGICIAN) is a magician from Schofield, Wisconsin. He has been performing magic and hypnosis for the past eight years including walk around, close up, small groups, and even large scale stage performances. Five years ago he started doing a fire eating act that interacts along with his magic act. The magic that he performs is comedic, energetic, and interacts with the audience to make sure that everyone enjoys the act and leaves with a sense of wonder and astonishment.
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)