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Upcoming Readings for Steve Tomasko - June 10 & 11, 2016

Friday, June 10, 8 p.m., Jeanie and Steve Tomasko will read from their new chapbooks along with two other poets. The event is at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St., Madison, WI. More info here:

On Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m., Jeanie and Steve Tomasko will read from their new chapbooks at the Crossroads Coffeehouse, 2020 Main St., Cross Plains, WI. An open mic follows the reading and goodies will be served! 

Red Bird Author Reading at Artista Bottega - Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Artista Bottega
937 7th Street West
Saint Paul MN 55102

Five local Red Bird authors share their work. This is a night of fictions and truths, poetics and candor. Please join these writers in celebration of their work:

JoAnn Bren Guernsey
Andy Hjelmeland
Haley Lasché
Francine Marie Tolf
Emily Urness

and no spiders were harmed Receives First Place - Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2016 Chapbook Contest

Wednesday, May 5, 2016


Two Madison-area poets received top honors for their poetry at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual spring conference in Madison, April 30, 2016.

Steve Tomasko, Middleton, WI was awarded First Place for his chapbook, And No Spiders Were Harmed (Red Bird Chapbooks, St. Paul, MN). Second Place went to Sandy Stark, Madison, WI for her chapbook, The Toolbox Poems (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY).

Special mention was given to Naomi Cochran, Hayward, for Finding Ourselves in Alzheimer’s and to Stephen Anderson, Shorewood for Navigating in the Sun.

WFOP also extended awards to several writers for individual poems. Winners of The 2016 Muse Prize for Excellence in Poetry included:

First Place to Mike Orlock, Sturgeon Bay; Second Place to Paula Schulz, Slinger; Third Place to Jude Genereaux, Sarona. Honorable Mentions went to Bobbie Lovell, DePere; Annette L. Grunseth, Green Bay; and Laurel Devitt, La Crosse.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is an organization founded for the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin. Membership is open to residents and former residents of Wisconsin who are interested in the aims and endeavors of the organization. For more information,


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