Monday, January 14, 2013

2012-2013 SRA Winter Writers Series In Full Swing

This winter Shake Rag Alley will welcome eleven award winning poets, short story, and fiction writers to Mineral Point.

These eleven writers have won awards from the Council for Wisconsin Writers; Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; and the WI Poet Laureate Commission. In partnership with these organizations, Shake Rag Alley offers week-long residencies to their writing award winners.

In conjunction with the residencies, the SRA Winter Writers Series supports and encourages the development of regional writers by presenting workshops, readings and community outreach activities featuring these writing contest winners.

CX Dillhunt

The series started off in November with CX Dillhunt, author of Things I've Never Told Anyone (Parallel, 2007), Girl Saints (Fireweed, 2003), and co-author of Double Six (Endeavor, 1994) with his son Drew. His Poem "Window - Window, Our Lady, from The Incomplete Glass Man's Glossary" won first place in the 2012 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 2012 poetry contest.

Hannah Adams at the Open Mic Poetry Reading
at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point

On January 6th, Adam Fell's residency kicked off with an Open Mic Poetry Reading at The Foundry Books in Mineral Point. In addition to Adam, local poets Jerome Cushman, Hannah Adams, Mo May Grimm, and Bill Spevacek did readings.

Adam Fell

Adam Fell is the author of I Am Not a Pioneer (H_NGM_N Bks 2011), winner of the 2011 Posner Book Award from the WI Council of Writers. Fell's poems have been published in Tin House; Forklift, Ohio; H_NGM_N; iO Poetry; Phantom Limb; Diagram; Asheville Poetry Review; Crazyhorse; notnostrums; Sixth Finch; & Fou. Adam teaches at Edgewood College in Madison, WI, where he also co-curates the Monsters of Poetry Reading Series.

Students discuss their writing in the workshop
Distance & Points of View in Writing with Jill Stukenberg

On January 13th, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters 2012 Short Story Contest Winner Jill Stukenberg led a "Distance & Points of View in Writing" workshop in which students explored varying distance in points of view (similar to a movie camera’s close, middle or long shots) using guided free-writing followed by sharing and comparison of students’ work, and discussion.

Jill Stukenberg

Jill Stukenberg’s short fiction has been most recently published in Prick of the Spindle, Prime Mincer, and Penduline Press, and is forthcoming from The Florida Review. Jill is on the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, organizes the creative writing reading series 1,000 Words Wausau, and advises the student-run literary magazine Mush.

Upcoming Winter Writers Series Events

Kathleen Ernst
Kathleen Ernst 
Presentation on Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mysteries

Thursday, January 24; 6:30pm
at the Mineral Point Public Library
137 High St, Mineral Point WI

Kathleen Ernst is the Council for Wisconsin Writers Anne Powers Book-Length Fiction Award Winner for her piece "The Heirloom Murders." On January 24 she will speak about her Chloe Ellefson mystery series. In this lively, illustrated program Kathleen takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the experiences and places that inspired Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders (named Best Fiction Book of 2011 by the Council of Wisconsin Writers), and The Light Keeper's Legacy. Kathleen will talk about how her years at Old World Wisconsin influenced Chloe Ellefson, how her research into police work helped shape her officer Roelke McKenna character, and how being a live-in docent at the historic lighthouse on Rock Island in Door County was the genesis of her newest mystery.

Sarah Busse

Sarah Busse
Creative Writing Exercises Workshop

Sunday, February 17; 1–3pm
at Shake Rag Alley
18 Shakerag St, Mineral Point WI

Spend a day with one of Verse Wisconsin's editors, Sarah Busse, focusing on creative writing exercises to aid writers in generating new material.
Pre-registration requiredClick here for more information and to register.

Sarah Busse is co-editor of the poetry magazine "Verse Wisconsin" and Cowfeather Press. Her poetry has received the Wisconsin Fellowship Of Poets’ Chapbook Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Lorine Niedecker Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length collection, "Somewhere Piano," was published in 2012 by Mayapple Press, and she has two chapbooks: "Quiver" (2009, Red Dragonfly Press) and "Given These Magics," (2010, Finishing Line Press). She is currently one of two Poets Laureate (2012-2016) of Madison, where she lives with her husband and two children. 

Bruce Dethlefsen

Sarah Busse and Bruce Dethlefsen
Reading and Meet and Greet

Thursday, February 21; 6:30pm
at the Mineral Point Public Library
137 High St, Mineral Point WI

Join Sarah Busse and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen for an evening of readings and conversation. 

Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012 and is an award winning poet. A retired educator and public library director, Dethlefsen was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and served for years as the secretary of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Two of his poems were featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio and several poems appear on His recent book of poems, Breather (2009, published by Fireweed Press), received an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry recognition in 2009 from the Wisconsin Library Association. Unexpected Shiny Things (2011, published by Cowfeather Press) is his most recent collection. Dethlefsen also writes music and plays bass guitar in the band Obvious Dog with Sauk City native Bill Orth.

Janet Halfmann
Janet Halfmann
Children's Storytime

Monday, March 18; 10am
at the Mineral Point Public Library
137 High St, Mineral Point WI

Janet Halfman is author of more than 30 children's books and winner of the 2012 Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish.  Janet lives and writes in South Milwaukee, WI.

Watch the Shake Rag Alley website for announcements of additional Winter Writers Series events. 

For more information on the SRA Winter Writers Series and a complete list of the 2012-2013 Residency Award winners click here.

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