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Fiction & Poetry Contest Winners' Reading

October 18, 2019 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
A Room of One's Own • Reading Room • Madison
At the 2019 Wisconsin Book Festival
Friday, October 18, 2019 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm


A Room of One's Own
315 West Gorham St Reading Room
53703 Madison , WI

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents a Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of the statewide 2019 Fiction & Poetry Contests, hosted by editor Jason A. Smith. Fiction readings include the 1st-place story "Exile," by Steve Fox (Hudson), 2nd-place story "Spirit Box," by Nikki Kallio (Waupaca), and 3rd-place story "Mirror Box," by Michael Hopkins (Neenah). Poetry readings include 1st-place poem "Greyhound," by Robert Russell (Madison), 2nd-place poem "Morning's Detour," by Mary Wehner (Fond du Lac), and 3rd-place poem "Nineteen Forty-Five," by Jeri McCormick (Madison), along with other poems chosen by the award-winning poets.

Join us in celebration and support of Wisconsin's creative writing community!

This reading is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival with support from Wisconsin Public Radio and Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Learn more about how to submit your work to our annual fiction and poetry contests here.


Steve Fox’s writing has appeared in or has been recognized by Creative WisconsinThe Iowa ReviewThe Midwest ReviewMidwestern GothicThe Masters Review, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Michael Hopkins is the first-place winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2018 Fiction Contest. Hopkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nikki Kallio worked as a newspaper journalist on both coasts before coming home to Wisconsin, where she is now a freelance writer, editor, and writing instructor.

Jeri McCormick, founder of Fireweed Press and long-time teacher of creative writing in senior centers and the Elderhostel program, co-edited two texts on writing with Haworth Press.

Robert Russell is a recovering economist currently living in Madison. For over ten years he was co-producer of the “Radio Literature” program on WORT-FM, and was coordinator for the CheapAtAnyPrice poetry series.

Jason A. Smith is the associate director of the Wisconsin Academy and editor of the organization's quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas.

Mary Wehner is a poet and visual artist who lives on the shore of Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac. A widely published poet, Wehner is also author of several letterpress chapbooks and broadsides through Red Hydra Press, and she has spent two sessions as Poet-in-Residence at Penland School of the Craft in North Carolina.

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