House of the Tomato

If a woman wants to be a poet, she must dwell in the house of the tomato. -- Erica Jong

Regional website for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, in partnership with the Reader's Loft.

GREEN BAY / NORTHEAST

Celebrating, sharing and inspiring poetry throughout Wisconsin.

Poetry Conference

WFOP

I attended the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' spring conference for the first time. An organization begun in the 1950's by a very dedicated group of poets.

We honored a member with a lifetime membership (she'd been a member for 41 years!) -- Fran, a scrappy, floss-haired dame who kept shouting "Keep it moving" during Open Mic.

We heard from special guest B.J. Best (great name!) who seriously looked like a nerdy kid but in actual fact is a very talented poet AND a Professor of English at my alma mater (go figure).

His most recent book of poetry is But Our Princess is in Another Castle.

B J BEST

Check out his cool book trailer: 

Max Garland Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Max Garland

Wisconsin Poet Laureate

WISCONSIN'S POET LAUREATE

And the new Poet Laureate of Wisconsin debuted, Max Garland, a former mail carrier.

You can read more about him and experience some of his poems 

All reaffirming to me that I need to get out there more... Poetry lives!

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