Wisconsin People & Ideas editor Jason A. Smith and literary editor John Lehman host an evening of the best poetry and fiction by up-and-coming Wisconsin writers at the Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Book Festival Short Story and Poetry Contest reading event during the 2011 Wisconsin Book Festival. This annual event takes place at Avol's Books in Madison and highlights the winners of our annual poety contest and short story contest, both accepting submissions from September 15 to December 15 and awarding prizes up to $500. More details on the annual contests can be found on our Contest page. Featured 2011 poets include Michael Kriesel (Aniwa), Kathleen Dale (Milwaukee), and Jessi Peterson (Eau Claire), and Allison Slavick (Cable), Marysa LaRowe (Madison), Kathryn Gahl (Two Rivers) read their prize-winning stories.
Fiction/Poetry Contest Reading at the 2011 Wisconsin Book Festival
Kathleen A. Dale was born in Kansas, though she has lived on the shore of Lake Michigan for many years. She and her husband have three grown daughters and two grandsons.
Kathryn Gahl’s favorite things (besides words) are cooking, humor, Feldenkrais, open minds, red lipstick, and dancing mad hot ballroom. Her awards include The Hal Prize for fiction and poetry.
Michael Kriesel is the winner of North American Review’s 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize and past president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He served on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission 2006-2008 and was the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Conference Coordinator 2006-2012.
Marysa LaRowe grew up near Chicago, Illinois, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Isthmus, The Southeast Review, and Matchbook. Marysa is currently persuing her MFA in fiction at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
John Lehman is the founder and original publisher of Rosebud, a national magazine of short stories, poetry and illustration for people who enjoy good writing.
Jessi Peterson grew up roaming the fields and woods of southern Illinois and western Wisconsin, where she learned the singular magic that comes from knowing the names of things, be they animal, vegetable or mineral. She lives in a cordwood cabin she built with husband Dan overlooking the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin.
Allison Slavick lives near Cable, Wisconsin, where she works as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, especially museums, around the country. She is a mountain bike and cross country ski racer and berry picker. Her short fiction has been published in Storyglossia, and won the H.E. Francis/Ruth Hindman Foundation Short Story Award.
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