Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets publishes an annual calendar of poetry the Poets' Calendar. Poets with a connection to Wisconsin are invited to submit their poetry for inclusion with no entrance fee. The calendar is one of our biggest projects each year and serves as our primary outreach effort. The calendar is guest-edited by volunteer members and is very often themed.

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The 2020 Poets Calendar is themed "Going Places" and was guest-edited by Erna Kelly and Karen Loeb.

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2020 Calendar Contributor Bios


Sandra Ahrens is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Creative Writing Program, has published in a variety of journals, and facilitated community poetry workshops. She lives in Eau Claire.

Paula D. Anderson lives in Wales with kinship among the walnut and old oak trees. She was first Poet Laureate of Wales, Wisconsin from August 2016-April 2018.

Susan Anderson, Baraboo, is a retired elementary teacher who finds her advanced years blooming and flowering with words.

Antler, former poet laureate of Milwaukee, is author of Touch Each Other, FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY.

A founding member of Grandmothers Beyond Borders and Community Pie, Janine Arseneau of Milwaukee writes on backs of receipts, scraps of fabric, margins of newspapers and in tiny books made with reclaimed materials.

Linda Aschbrenner reads, writes, and dreams from a Marshfield marsh.

Sharon Auberle, Ellison Bay, is a poet and photographer who considers herself incredibly lucky and blessed to live in Door County, where she is currently serving as Poet Laureate.

Nancy Austin, Hazelhurst, has publications in Adanna, Ariel, Gyroscope Review, Midwestern Gothic, Portage Magazine and Writer’s Resist. Her poetry collection is titled Remnants of Warmth (Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2016).


Anne Bales, Milwaukee, a retired reference librarian, writes with the Urban Echo Poets and is inspired by nature, family, cities, and places where children and grandchildren live.

Mary Jo Balistreri, Waukasha, is grateful to belong to a community of poets, where dreams and goals can be shared and nourishment mutually given. Please visit her at www.maryjobalistreripoet.com

Francha Barnard, Baileys Harbor, writes when the muse sneaks up on her and she hopes that’s often.

Lopamudra Basu grew up in Calcutta, India and has lived in Eau Claire since 2005. She is Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Nancy Bauer-King, Racine, is a retired clergywoman who enjoys weaving words and spinning stories.

Phyllis Beckman of Onalaska believes every WFOP calendar is the best ever. “Going Places” is no exception. It is much anticipated by readers.

Anita Beckstrom lives in Sister Bay, busy summers, quiet winters. That's what the tourists and summer residents think! That's when locals have the place to themselves and can turn left.

Michael Belongie, whose home is embedded in a limestone quarry on Beaver Dam Lake shore, remains active in Wisconsin poetry and writing, past WFOP president, calendar editor, and board member.

F. J. Bergmann, Madison, the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com), imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. fjbergmann.com

Jean Biegun enjoys helping stoke the flame of poetry in Manitowoc. She steals tips shamelessly from other open mic facilitators and Lisa Vihos’s novel Poetic Pairings event in Sheboygan!

David Blackey, La Crosse, is a retired civil rights lawyer, and his work included some immigration cases, while working in New York’s Chinatown.

Vlasta Karol Blaha, Colby, shared poetry with her elementary school students and friends for four decades. Recently, she has begun writing and appreciates the inspiration from her poetry groups.

Shirley Blanchard, Waukesha, has looked into the nature of things by walking regularly throughout the Southern Kettle Moraine trails.

Kimberly A. Blanchette is a Janesville Poet, Photographer, Artist, LGBTQ Activist, Minister, Mystic and Motivational Speaker. She also has a B.A. in Philosophy. To learn more about Kimberly visit www.kimberlyblanchette.com

Ed Block has lived in Greendale for twenty-eight years. His nature and reflective poems have appeared in Cross-Currents, Lake Country Journal, Spiritus, and a variety of other journals.

Janice Hasselman Bosman lives in Woodstock, IL. She is a member of the Paper Birch Poets in northern Wisconsin. One of her favorite poems is “The Shoeby Kathryn Starbuck.

Emily Bowles is a southern transplant to Appleton, whose first chapbook, His Journal, My Stella, was published in 2018.

Debbie Brown’s ancestors settled in Wisconsin in the mid-1800s, and she’s lived most of her life here, currently residing in Eau Claire. Besides poetry, she dabbles in playwriting, painting, and performance.

Publisher of Wolfsong, Gary C. Busha of Sturtevant supports a free, independent small press. He continues to write and produce small poetry chapbooks through Wolfsong.


Patricia Carney, Cudahy. Member: WFOP, South Shore Poets. Publications: Bramble, Poetry in the Prairie, WFOP Calendar, Blue Heron Review, Poets Against Hunger, East on Central, Museletter, two chapbooks.

Sylvia Cavanaugh, Cedar Grove, has an M.S. in Urban Planning and teaches high school cultural studies. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her recent chapbook, Angular Embrace, was published by Kelsay Books.

Robin Chapman's tenth book of poetry, The Only Home We Know, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2019. She lives in Madison.

R Chesney graduated from Marquette University and is a retired educator. He volunteers as a teacher naturalist at Riveredge Nature Center and resides in Cedarburg with his wife.

Jan Chronister lives in the woods near Maple. She currently serves as president of WFOP. More about Jan and her work is at www.janchronisterpoetry.wordpress.com

Lenore McComas Coberly, Madison, has served WFOP as editor, president, meeting chairman, and general clean-up, loving it all.

Naomi Cochran lives in Hayward and is the author of Fill in the Blank, Razed Lutheran, and Finding Ourselves in Alzheimer's. For more info visit www.naomicochranpoetry.wordpress.com

Cathryn Cofell is an Appleton poet with one full-length collection called Sister Satellite, six chapbooks, numerous awards and a music/poetry CD. www.cathryncofell.com

Dennis Collier, a retired fiscal policy analyst and former newspaper reporter and editor, lives in Madison.

Cathy Conger, from Door County, writes short fiction, essays, devotionals, and plays. She has two published books of poetry and a Christmas book.

Barbara Cranford, Hancock, has been an encyclopedia editor, poet, sculptor and gallery owner. She has seven books and three Pushcart nominations, holds an occasional poem-making workshop and writes when she feels like it.

A lifelong Midwesterner, Cindy Crebbin, Muskego, has a tendency, to her husband’s dismay, to enter bookshops and disappear for hours browsing for books. She also loves hiking, teaching and family time.

Raised on the Minnesota prairie, Paul Creswell currently resides in Madison. When he isn’t writing, or doing something musical, he enjoys a copacetic round of croquet.

Dawn Crowley is a retired university administrator living in Wauwatosa where she tends her garden and keeps a feeder stocked during winter months for neighborhood wildlife.

T. A. Cullen is poet who lives in Madison. He has had numerous poems published in the WFOP calendar and other publications.

Jody Murad Curley is a Madison native who writes when not teaching tai chi, serving as an ordained interfaith minister, and enjoying life with her husband and cats.

Ashly Curtis is a book professional and part-time poet living in Eau Claire.


Alice D’Alessio, Middleton, loves to write poems about places she’s visited, and finds the poems bring back wonderful memories. She has published four books of poetry.

Cynthia d’Este, Pewaukee, is an established poet whose works have been widely published, set to music and been part of marriage ceremonies and other rituals of community life.

Sharon Daly, Fort Atkinson: Proud member of the Greater Madison Writing Project, teacher, recipe reader. Inspired by living in the hometown of poet Lorine Niedecker.

Ethel Mortenson Davis, Sturgeon Bay, has published five books of poetry and had poems published in journals and anthologies. An artist, her pastels have been featured in Wisconsin and New Mexico galleries.

Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Bruce Dethlefsen, Westfield, volunteers in Wisconsin prisons doing poetry workshops.

Roger Dutcher lives in Beloit where he enjoys both jazz and wine and grows weary of winters. His poetry has appeared in previous WFOP calendars as well as Modern Haiku, Asimov’s and Northeast.


Julie Eger, Wautoma, is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin Regional Writer’s Jade Ring Contest. You can connect with her at https://julieceger.wordpress.com

Karl Elder, Howards Grove, is Lakeland University’s Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence. His novel, Earth as It Is in Heaven, appeared in 2016 from Pebblebrook Press.

Sherry Elmer, Hilbert, lives and works on the east side of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest inland lake.

Having given up on his dream of being considered a minor regional poet, Thomas J. Erickson of Whitefish Bay would just like to be considered.

Larry J. Eriksson, Madison and Ellison Bay, is a poet who enjoys riding his road bike and lap swimming. His chapbooks are available at www.quartersectionpress.com

Jane Ewens lives near North Lake down the road from the two old churches.


Kate Fellowes of Cudahy writes mystery novels, romantic short stories, personal experience essays—and poetry. She loves animals and books and the feel of a pen scratching over paper.

Susan Firer, Whitefish Bay, is the author of six books of poetry, including The Transit of Venus (Backwaters, 2016), which she completed while a 2015 NEA Fellow. More at www.susanfirer.com

Yvette Viets Flaten, Eau Claire, writes poetry and fiction. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous journals. She loves to read, cook and travel, and writes something every day.

Mavis Flegle, Rothschild, enjoys reading, writing, and visiting relatives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her chapbook, Just Another Day, was published by Rivercrest Publishing.

Alessa Foster: lifetime poet, twenty-five year Milwaukee resident, forty-year vegan. Horrified by the juxtaposition of slaughter and artistry in a Milan butcher's window, wrote the poem in the 2020 calendar.


Kathryn Gahl, an Appleton Storycatcher, writes in every genre. She can’t help it. When not playing with words, cooking, or yielding to yoga, she dances red-hot ballroom.

Hanne Gault lives in Ellison Bay. Still torn between two worlds, loving each equally.

Crystal S. Gibbins from Washburn is the Editor-in-Chief of Split Rock Review and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), which received the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her work has appeared in many journals.

Sarah Gilbert, Appleton, writes less often than she means to but is grateful for poetry as a way to distill and share our human experience.

Kathie Giorgio, Waukesha, is the critically acclaimed author of four novels, two story collections, an essay collection, and two poetry chapbooks. Author site: www.kathiegiorgio.org Studio site: www.allwritersworkshop.com

Joan Giusto, Tomahawk, lives in the Northwoods and enjoys a lakeside campfire and the solitude only a forest can share.

Writing haiku and tanka encourages Susan Godwin from Madison to take a step back and “smell the flowers,” finding inspiration in all of nature's vignettes.

Mary “Ray” Goehring of Montello seasonally travels between Wisconsin and Texas constantly amazed by the beauty in both places.

Annette Langlois Grunseth writes and publishes from Green Bay. She is most often inspired while kayaking on Wisconsin lakes where her muse tags along just for the exercise.


Poet and performer Anna Hahm, Madison, has graced the stages of Overture Center, Bartell Theater, and Taliesin East, among others. A collection of her writing, Eat Poetry, is available at http://www.lulu.com/shop

Karen Haley, Wauwatosa, enjoys living, writing and walking near Lake Michigan, and her family.

Palmer R. Haynes, rural Mt. Horeb. Practiced architecture for about 38 years. Always published for family and friends on the home front! Retired and beached on the shores of Dane’s sunny cornfields.

Rose Menyon Heflin is a writer and artist from Central Wisconsin.

Candace Hennekens is a poet, writer and painter. She lives on the north bank of the Eau Claire River. Writing, painting, grandchildren, keeping healthy, and sewing largely make up her life.

Journalist and poet Ronnie Hess is the author of five poetry chapbooks and two culinary travel guides, Eat Smart in France (2010) and Eat Smart in Portugal (with Joan Peterson, 2017). She lives in Madison. Her webpage is www.ronniehess.com

Susan Martell Huebner lives in Mukwonago and writes looking out her window upon a lovely birch tree. Her cat is often in her lap or blocking the computer screen. It’s all good.

Though Maryann Hurtt, Elkhart Lake, has been a traveling fool since retiring, she keeps finding her way back home in the Kettle Moraine where poems pick themselves into her hands.

Keesia Hyzer lives in Madison where she enjoys being a member of a lively, stimulating group of poets who cheer her on.


Jerome J. Jagielski: Poet & playwright from Fontana.

Patricia Lynne Janke, Wauwatosa, started writing poetry in retirement. She attends several writing groups and is a member of WFOP. She has the honor of being published often and winning several contests.

Nancy Jesse grew up in Barron County and now lives in Madison. She’s gone many places with her husband, Paul, but leaves the cranky cat, Sam, at home.

Jeffrey Johannes, Port Edwards, is an artist and poet. He co-edited the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar with his wife, Joan.

Joan Wiese Johannes, Port Edwards, agrees with the stage manager in Our Town, who mused that only poets and saints truly appreciate life while living it. Although hardly a saint, Joan enjoys life.

Lucy Rose Johns, Nekoosa, a lifetime member of WFOP, enjoys sharing poetry, hers or anyone else’s with whoever will listen.

Deb Johnston is a former educator and school administrator. When she is not writing, she enjoys encouraging young writers. She lives in Marshfield with her husband and their adopted German Shepherd/Lab mix named Molly.

Gary Jones is a writer and teacher who, with his wife of more than fifty years, summers off the beaten path in Door County and winters near the UW-Platteville campus.


Martha Jackson Kaplan is a Pushcart nominated poet and winner of two WFOP awards. She is originally from Seattle and lived in Texas before moving to Madison years ago.

Erna Kelly, Eau Claire, has poems in anthologies including Soundings and Ariel as well as in journals such as the Aurorean. Co-editing the 2020 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar reminded her of her past life as editor for research groups and as a technical writing teacher. She’s ready to return to being a poet.

Dion Kempthorne lives in the woods of Richland County. His poems have appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Verbatim, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Plainsongs, Hummingbird, Red River Review, and elsewhere.

Susan Kileen, Watertown, is a member of the Stone Kettle Poets and writes from her century-old farmhouse and Lake Nebagamon.

Mary Jo Kinsey-Stich, native of southern Illinois, lives in a very old house in rural New Denmark. She has two chapbooks Journey to the Heartland and Native Land.

Kathleen M. Klein lives in West Allis and writes with the Hart Park Writers' Workshop and the Clement Manor Writers' Group.

Mary Kogler, Wauwatosa, enjoys putting words on paper and sharing with colleagues in Hart Park Senior Center's Writers Workshop.

Judy Kolosso lives with her husband and two cats, dividing time between a home near Slinger and farm in Neenah.

Mary Cleary Krauss from Elm Grove loves swimming through the poets’ calendars getting drenched with beautiful words.

Fred Kreutz, Mukwonago, dishwasher, night watchman, teacher, bartender, photographer, husband/father, driver of convertibles, rapscallion, and bon vivant.

Winner of North American Review’s Hearst Prize and past President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Michael Kriesel from Wausau is the poetry editor of Rosebud magazine.


Jim Landwehr has five books, The Portland House, Dirty Shirt, Written Life, Reciting From Memory, and On a Road. He is poet laureate for the Village of Wales.

Jackie Langetieg, Verona, writes poems and prose. Has been a contributor to the WFOP calendar since 1988. She has two chapbooks, two collections and just published a memoir, Filling the Cracks with Gold.

Nancy J. Larson lives on a small farm in Marengo near Lake Superior. Animals, a fun husband, and rhythms of the natural world are keys to her happiness.

Paulette Laufer lives primarily in Sturgeon Bay; some winter months in Mesa, AZ. Honorable mention poem in Wisconsin People & Ideas 2017 contest; other poems in WFOP Museletter and the 2018 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

Estella Lauter, Fish Creek, served as Poet Laureate of Door County in 2013-2015. She has published four chapbooks with Finishing Line Press and co-edited the 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar on the theme of water.

Janet Leahy, New Berlin, views poetry as a shelter from the storm of noise that bombards us. She appreciates the way the rhythms of poetry cross borders and stir connections between diverse groups.

Norman Leer is Professor Emeritus of English at Roosevelt University and has published one chapbook and two books of poems. He lives in Madison with his artist wife, Grethe.

Anne Lehman, Whitefish Bay, is a retired teacher who loves to walk to Lake Michigan and observe nature’s path as the years pass. She writes a bit about her walks and family.

Jef Leisgang lives in an old house in Fort Atkinson with his wife, their two children, and a calico cat. He manages a bookstore on the east side of Madison.

Marcie Leitzke, age 91, writes columns for the Shawano Leader and for Engineers and Engines magazine. Past secretary of WFOP, Founder of Shawano Area Writers 1966.

Brenda Lempp of Madison likes “going places,” both close and far, in poems and in real life.

Pam Lewis is a retired psychologist living in Madison. She volunteers in the Hospital Elder Life Program at a local hospital, which inspired her poem.

Sandra J. Lindow, Menomonie, is the longest serving regional VP in the history of the WFOP. She is the 2018 recipient of the Norbert Blei Award for Poetry. More about her can be found at www.wfop.org/member-pages/#/sandra-lindow/

Karen Loeb grew up in Chicago and has lived in Eau Claire for 31 years. Her stories and poems have appeared in Wisconsin People and Ideas, Hanging Loose and elsewhere. She is Eau Claire’s current writer in residence and co-editor of the 2020 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

Bobbie Lee Lovell, De Pere, is the author of Proposition at the Walk-In Infinity Chamber (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and a single working mom of two teens.

Mary Lux, a published Milwaukee poet and retired librarian, loves to travel in books as well as in real time. Her high point of last year was Christmas in Yellowstone.


Deb Manske, South Milwaukee, writes poems and children’s stories. She is also working on a second memoir, this one about her grandmothers, because remembering them makes her smile.

Cory A. Masiak, Wauwatosa, worked for many years as an editor and is currently working on a conservation easement on the family farm. Interests include birding, botanizing, and hiking.

Camille Maurice, Wrightstown, likes the drummer she marches to and the silence between beats. Poetry nourishes her and pursuing possibility keeps her alive to life.

Jeri McCormick, Madison, joined WFOP in 1972 and has benefitted greatly, having served as president, calendar editor, and other positions. Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies, and books, most recently, Marrowbone of Memory (Salmon Poetry in Ireland).

Frankie Mengeling lives on Oshkosh’s only hill with her husband Marvin and son Tom. She is the author of the blog www.ridingthebeertrail.wordpress.com begun in the summer of 2009 after the three couple beer trail began.

Mary Mercier lives in Plain, a small town in the Driftless area. Her chapbook Small Acts was published by Parallel Press, and her poems have appeared in Blueline, Spillway, and Stoneboat.

Kathy Dodd Miner lives in Madison, where she hangs out with plants and animals at the UW Arboretum, and with the Raging Grannies on street corners.

Manuel Moraleda, Clintonville, was born in the Philippines. Has three daughters with wife Sandra for 44 years. Retired shop teacher of Marion High School. A prostate cancer survivor.

Constance Morgenstern enjoys “a sense of place,” even at home in Neenah. So, road trips require plenty of pamphlets, as well as purse paper.

Susan T. Moss, Evanston, IL, has authored two chapbooks, In From The Dark and Keep Moving ‘til The Music Stops. She is a frequent participant in Door County literary events.

CJ Muchhala, Shorewood, enjoys traveling through this amazing world with her equally amazing husband, but also watching the world go by in her own backyard. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications and art/poetry exhibits, been nominated for national and regional awards, and even won a few.

Kathleen Muehlbauer has been a member of a writers’ workshop in Wauwatosa since 2013. She was new to poetry and preferred writing prose. She now enjoys writing some poetry.

Ralph Murre, Sturgeon Bay, says he is, or at least, has been—and he goes on to say that he is quite happy about this.


Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft of Appleton grew up on the shores of the Wolf River in Winneconne. She shares her love of Wisconsin in writing. Her poetry has appeared in The Fox Cry and previous issues of the WFOP calendar.

Gillian Nevers’ poems have appeared in several print and online literary magazines, including WFOP calendars. She lives in Madison with her husband, Dan, who is often her “first reader.”

June Nirschl, Baileys Harbor, appreciates the Wallace Group and on good days thinks about creating yet another chapbook.


Sanny Oberhauser writes from Madison where she enjoys tickling her senses in the natural world. JoAnn Opsahl lives in Merrill, across the street from the Wisconsin River.

Mike Orlock is a retired high school teacher residing in Sturgeon Bay.

Originally from Chicago and Ann Arbor, Karen Ostrov has been a resident of Madison for over 30 years. When she’s not writing, look for Karen hiking, swimming, or drinking tea with a close friend.


Marjorie Pagel from Franklin practices her poetry in Peggy Rozga’s workshops and in a Greenfield poets’ circle. She is the author of The Romance of Anna Smith and Where I’m From.

Elizabeth Harmatys Park, Wisconsin native, writes with Authors Echo in Burlington. She has received the Jade Ring Prize in poetry; her poems are published in journals and anthologies.

Jess L Parker is a Madison poet who occasionally wanders off into fiction. Jess was awarded the VandeZande Fiction Award in 2010 and holds an M.A. from UW-Madison.

Elmae Passineau, Weston, finds poems in memories, readings, photos, dreams, and daily activities and tries to capture them in words. Sometimes, she does.

Ann M. Penton, Green Valley, AZ, started writing poetry a few years before early retirement in 1998 and has recently enjoyed encountering new triggering subjects for poetry in the desert southwest.

Jessi Peterson, Eau Claire, is a children’s librarian and part time pig farmer who lives on the Chippewa River in a cordwood hobbit house.

Kathleen Phillips lives in a senior residence in Milwaukee. She writes of her travels (near and far) as well as the joys found in living a long life.

Peter Piaskoski taught English at Shorewood High for 36 years. The past 15 years he’s supervised student teachers for Stritch University. He now lives with his wife Kathy in Mequon.

Hannah Pinkerton’s love of travel started in 1954 living with her family in Baghdad. She has been going places as often as she can, including to her neighbors next door in Madison.

Becky Post, retired teacher, is a writer, composer, mother of two and grandmother of four, all of whom live nearby in La Crosse.

Karyn Powers, Wausau, is a published poet and author, with past contributions to the WFOP calendar, Writer’s Digest “Show Us Your Shorts,” Red Cedar and Mush literary magazines.

Tony Press, Brisbane, CA, claims three years in Madison, one in Janesville, a Wisconsin-born son, and later, about 25 criminal trials and 12 years in a single high school classroom.

Mara Ptacek has had a lifelong poetic relationship with nature. Growing up on a farm, then living in a wooded area in Franklin.


Nancy Rafal lives in “downtown” Baileys Harbor and finds that she writes ekphrastically to two- dimensional art and to music. Her writing follows no routine or discipline.

Patrick T. Randolph, Lincoln, NE, lives with his wife, Gamze; daughter, Aylene; and cat, Gable, in the magical hills of the Midwest and the spirit of the Wisconsin breath.

Georgia Ressmeyer, Sheboygan, is the author of a chapbook and two full-length poetry books. Her most recent is Home/Body (Pebblebrook Press, 2017). https://www.georgiaressmeyer.com/

Liz Rhodebeck, Menomonee Falls, has recently published works in Bramble, Blue Heron Review and The Remembered Arts Journal. She also finds creative outlet in sewing custom aprons.

Jenna Rindo, Pickett, and her husband raised five children on five acres where they now tend sheep, chickens, and a large orchard in their otherwise empty nest. She was the winner of the 2018 Wisconsin People and Ideas poetry contest.

Lou Roach, Poynette, a retired psychotherapist, is readying her third collection of poems. She revels in spending time with family and friends, loves to read and do crossword puzzles.

James P. Roberts haunts many places in Madison. He can often be found wandering around the 500 Little Free Libraries or writing poetry at Mother Fool’s.

Jeannie E. Roberts, Chippewa Falls, has authored four poetry collections. Her second children's book, Rhyme the Roost! A Collection of Poems and Paintings for Children, has recently been published by Kelsay Books.

Mary Rodriguez, McFarland, has had poetry and short fiction published in various periodicals and anthologies. Her poems have been included in seven Wisconsin poets’ calendars.

Richard Roe, Middleton, has published three books, including Bringer of Songs, is working on his next book (Song, Tango, Jazz), and sleeps in his easy chair.

Connie Roop, Appleton, is a children’s book author along with her husband Peter. Their most recent book is Maine Lighthouse ABC.

Peter Roop, Appleton, is a children’s book author along with his wife, Connie. Their most recent book is Maine Lighthouse ABC.

Patricia McNamee Rosenberg is a retired social worker, humor writer and storyteller. Originally from Chicago, she lives on Brown’s Lake in Burlington.

Having discovered her astrological sign is no longer Capricorn, Mary C. Rowin, Middleton, was thrown into astrological uncertainty. Surprised to learn planets can move, Mary is now considering a long vacation in Mexico.

Judy Roy writes her poems in the boreal forest north of Baileys Harbor.

As over-the-road truck drivers, Kris Rued-Clark, Arpin, and her husband, Steve, drove all over this beautiful country. They were always happy to come back home to Wisconsin.


Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes, Mountain, Professor Emerita, UW-Parkside; former director, Wabeno Public Library; member of Root River Poets; Spectrum School of Arts—Racine. Poetry in three countries, two languages. Published chapbook: The Lost Italian and the Sound of Words.

Kay N. Sanders, Oshkosh, loves to walk her backyard labyrinth mowed into the grass and to watch, through the year, the changing scene surrounding it.

Sara Sarna, Oconomowoc, is a southeastern Wisconsin poet and actor who prefers the woods to the office. Her poems have won awards and have been published both in print and online.

David Scheler, Madison, has had poems published in the Aurorean, Comstock Review, and Main Street Rag. He has recently reacquainted himself with the French language and has translated over 100 of his poems into French.

Kathryn Schowalter, Random Lake, is a retired educator rebirthing her feminist soul.

Paula Schulz is a long time member of WFOP. She has poetry forthcoming in The Anglican Review and lives and works in Slinger with her husband, Greg.

Kathleen Serley, Wausau, has added piano lessons to her retirement adventures and finds them an inspiration for her poetry writing.

Thom Singleton lives in Sheboygan County with his wife, Patti. He enjoys travel in the wilderness, being a grandpa, long walks, bike rides, and writing daily.

Sheryl Slocum teaches ESL in Milwaukee. Her poetry appears in numerous small press publications. She is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

Claude Clayton Smith, Madison, professor emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, is the author of eight books and co-editor/translator of two others. His own work has been translated into five languages. His website is https://claudeclaytonsmith.wordpress.com/

Margaret Sommers lives in Madison and is retired from a career with UW Housing. She is passionate about polar bears and photography.

A Wisconsin native, Madison resident Gail Sosinsky is glad to be back in her home state. She knows how to shovel snow, bait a hook, and properly cook bratwurst.

Jeanne Spaeth is a writer, editor, and former teacher residing in northern Wisconsin’s Ashland. Her work has been published in Raven 2013, Ariel Anthology 2014, and the Washington Post.

A Wisconsinite for 48 years now, Sandy Stark, Madison, still revisits Texas landscapes, both in winter birding trips and poetry. Her next project is a collection of “military brat” poems.

Richard Swanson, Madison, former WFOP Secretary, Poet Laureate Commission member, and author of three full-length poetry collections, owned Mexican property for 20 years, in Playa del Carmen.


Bruce Taylor’s most recent book is Poetry Love Sex Music Booze & Death, Upriver Press, 2018. He lives on Lake Hallie with the writer Patti See. https://people.uwec.edu/taylorb/

Marilyn L. Taylor, Madison, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, has published in many journals. She recently co-edited (with James Roberts) an anthology of villanelles titled Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books, 2019).

Jeanie Tomasko lives in Middleton with her husband, Steve and two overstuffed cats.

Steve Tomasko, Middleton, has had poems published here and, occasionally, there.

Elizabeth Tornes has published Snowbound, New Moon and Between the Dog and the Wolf. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies. She lives in Lac du Flambeau.

Tonya McKenna Trabant writes from Deerbrook, her north central Wisconsin home base shared with her partner, two near perfect children, a rescued dog, and some now-non-laying hens. http://artlitlab.org/reviews/youth-basketball-a-poem

Peggy Trojan lives in Brule, not far from her childhood home. Her most recent book, All That Matters, is a collection of poems written between 2010-2018.

Jean Tucker lived in Madison from 1988 to 1996. Earlier she spent many happy vacations in Bayfield and Washburn Counties. She now lives and writes in Louisville, Kentucky.

Peggy Turnbull is a retired librarian from the UW Colleges. She lives in Manitowoc and serves on the Board of the Manitowoc-Calumet County Library System.

Susan Twiggs, Marshfield, divides her time between Wisconsin’s forests and Arizona’s desert. She thanks her fellow poets for their edits and suggestions.

Lucy Tyrrell's favorite verbs to live by near Bayfield or anywhere are experience (nature, outdoor adventures) and create (write, quilt, sketch). 


Carolyn Vargo, Milwaukee, is a retired French and English teacher who spends time with her family, especially her grandchildren, friends, poetry groups and birds.


Macy Washow, Lac du Flambeau, retired to the beautiful Northwoods in 2011. Her poetry has been published in the 2019 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Museletter, and read at Fe University class, Where Two Worlds Meet: Lac du Flambeau.

Phyllis Wax welcomes the muse in Milwaukee, where she’s waiting for Godot. She’s beginning to think he’s not coming. You and Godot can reach her at poetwax38@gmail.com

Mary Wehner is author of several letterpress chapbooks and broadsides, has been published in anthologies and online and print magazines. She lives on Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac.

Tori Grant Welhouse is poet and photographer from Green Bay. Inspired by poetry of moment, her work has recently appeared in Mayday Magazine, Sky Island Review and New Midwest Poetry.

Ed Werstein, Milwaukee, is the recipient of the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2018 Lorine Niedecker Award for poetry. He is the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets East Region VP.

Patricia Williams, Iola, retired from teaching and in 2013, began writing poetry. Her work appears in journals, anthologies, a chapbook and a collection, Midwest Medley, released from Kelsay Books in 2018.

Marilyn Zelke Windau, Sheboygan Falls, a retired art teacher, finds visual observation to be of great value to the word arts. Her poems tell stories of caught moments in nature and people’s lives.

Beth Ann Workmaster from Madison welcomes the Muse with tattered bent notebooks, walks in the wind, polkas, and the occasional stack of buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup.


Kathrine Yets from St. Francis teaches English composition. Her works can be found in River & South Review, Clockwise Cat, Windy Hill Review, and other journals. When she is not writing or teaching, you can find her swinging on swings or catching a snooze under an elm tree.


Sister Irene Zimmerman, Greenfield, is enjoying retirement by writing and singing in two choirs. Her fifth book of poetry will be released by ACTA Publications at Christmas, 2019.