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IMAGINE! Poetry Reading



  Featuring Laura Winkelspecht, Bill Gillard & Monica Schley


Laura Winkelspecht is a native of Wisconsin currently living in De Pere. She has been published in Flyover Country Review, the forthcoming issue of American Tanka, and is a contributor to the Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar. Laura attended UW Oshkosh’s graduate program in English where she successfully defended her poetry thesis, Everyday Alchemy: Behind the Curtain of the Commonplace. She has also attended poetry workshops at The Clearing and The Mill: A Place for Writers. Laura has been a professional writer for over fifteen years, working in technical, instructional, and marketing writing and believes writing poetry makes her a better writer on the job. Wife, mother, daughter, interested observer: it all feeds Laura’s poetry.


Bill Gillard really doesn't like it when people park outside of the lines in a crowded lot. He has time neither for nonspecific love songs nor for the effluvia of charred meat. He disrelishes the welter of his own voice but savors the stillness before a sneeze. If you catch him in an expansive moment, he will admit to liking peanut butter and mustard sandwiches, farmers' markets, hockey on a clean sheet of ice, yoga before dawn, and Wisconsin winters without end, amen. And, at times, he does kind of enjoy teaching creative writing and science fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. His books are available at

Before moving to the West Coast thirteen years ago, Monica Schley earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she studied poetry and music. In 2004, she received an artist residency from the Espy Foundation. Her poetry has appeared in Seattle’s Poetry on the Buses, Raven Chronicles, Cream City Review, KNOCK, and Burnside Review among others, and her poetry chapbook “Black Eden: Nocturnes” (Pudding House Press) was published in 2010.

Welcome All! Open to the Public.

Open Mic will follow the featured readings.

Earlier Event: October 30
IMAGINE! Poetry Reading
Later Event: January 29
IMAGINE Poetry Reading

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