Publishers of Bramble
Literary Magazine


Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of poets and poetic heritage in the state, mentoring and supporting local poets with regular readings, workshops, conferences and other events, and advocating for the study of poetry in our schools.

Membership is open to residents and former residents of Wisconsin who are interested in the aims and endeavors of WFOP.

Member benefits include:

  • Conferences: Spring and fall conferences are held around the state. More info available here.

  • Bramble Lit Mag: The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets creates a triannual lit mag called Bramble that helps us showcase the creativity of members and poets, essayists and artists throughout Wisconsin. Bramble is guest-edited by a series of guest editors. See latest issue here.

  • Regions: Seven regions provide additional gatherings, readings, and local events. Check here to find your region.

  • Museletter: Members receive the quarterly Museletter, featuring upcoming WFOP and member events, poetry activities around the state, poetry page and more. Issues archived here.

  • Calendar: Our primary outreach is our annual Wisconsin Poets' Calendar. Members and non-members can submit poems for consideration. We publish hundreds of poets. For many it is their first-time being published.

  • Contests: WFOP sponsors annual contests for members and non-members. See what's open for submission here.

  • Member Pages: Members are eligible for a personal page on the WFOP website, which may include contact info, bio, publications, personal website link, sample poetry and chapbooks or collections.

  • Join or renew today.

I think the mission of poetry is to create among people the possibility of wonder, admiration, enthusiasm, mystery — the sense that life is marvelous. When you say life is marvelous you are saying a banality. But to make life a marvel — that is the role of poetry.
— Octavio Paz

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Share Our Poster

Members are welcome to print and share our poster, celebrating and promoting poetry throughout Wisconsin.

Link to 8-1/2 x 11 PDF Poster here.

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2019 Winning Chapbooks

1st Place: Canoeing a River with No Name by Ronnie Hess

The chapbook was a treat to read. Besides unique artwork and layout, the book forges a journey connecting body, mind soul and physicality. The poems echo relationships between water, earth, sound, territories, maps, wind, and time. The narrator is a constant observer; whether she touches on loneliness, canoeing, nature, or cancer, she always come back to a sense of wonder. ‘Everything is remote or unfamiliar,’ she writes, and as readers we travel with her, whether on a nameless river in the Midwest or along the Douro in Portugal.
— Caroline Johnson, 2019 Chapbook Contest Judge
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2nd Place: The True Story by Gillian Nevers

This collection of narrative poems are teeming with nostalgia and poignant memories. Aside from a few ekphrastic pieces at the beginning, most of the poems tell a story of vulnerability and lost love, including wild nights and vignettes of intimate moments. The poems are compelling and authentic, revealing an innocence that many of us might relate to, but are too proud to admit. The ghosts of past boyfriends haunt these pages, including the persona of James Dean as the author describes riding on the back of a motorcycle, a hotel room in Rome, and visiting the poets John Keats’ grave.
— Caroline Johnson, 2019 Chapbook Contest Judge

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2019 Muse Prize Winning Poems

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