Next Conference:

Dates: April 26 & 27, 2019
Hotel: Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-49
Featuring Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Hotel Reservations: Booking Link
VP: Sandra Lindow

Reservations now open for Spring 2019. Use booking link with code GST or call hotel at 715-830-9889.



Featured Writer/Poet:
Heid E. Erdrich

Heid Erdrich Photo by Chris Felver

Heid Erdrich Photo by Chris Felver

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five books of poetry including her 2018 Minnesota Book Award-winning collection, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid’s nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, earned a City Pages Best Food Book of 2014 designation. Her writing has won awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and First People’s Fund.

Her book National Monuments won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. In 2013 she was named a City Pages’ Artist of the Year. Heid’s poem films have been screened widely at festivals and have won Best of Fest and a Best Experimental Short awards.

She is an independent scholar and curator, a playwright, and founding publisher of Wiigwaas Press an Ojibwe language publisher. She teaches the MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

See detailed Conference Agenda here.

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

FALL 2019
DATES: Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26
HOTEL: Holiday Inn, Amber Drive, Stevens Point
THEME: The Magic of Poetry
VP: James Roberts
REGION: South Central


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.

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.