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IMAGINE! Poetry Reading


Thursday, September 25th, 6-8pm


The Readers Loft | 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay, WI 54311 | (920) 406-0200 |

A Night of


Featuring Robert Vaughan, Cathryn Cofell & Marilyn Windau

Robert Vaughan’s writing has appeared in hundreds of print and online journals. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His story, “Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu” was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award 2013. His story “The Rooms We Rented” was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award 2014. He is senior flash fiction editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines. His chapbooks are Microtones (Cervena Barva, 2012) and Diptychs + Triptychs (Deadly Chaps, 2013). His first full- length book is Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014).

Cathryn Cofell of Appleton is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks, and performs her poems to the music of Obvious Dog on Lip. Her work is frequently published and has garnered numerous awards including the WI People & Ideas Poetry Prize and multiple Pushcart nominations. Cofell is a tireless advocate for the arts, including efforts as the founder and chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; she has also helped to foster the WI Fellowship of Poets, the WFOP Chapbook Prize, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, and the Harmony Café Poetry Series.

Marilyn Zelke-Windau is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in art education. She taught art at the elementary and middle school levels for many years. She has also been a waitress, an art gallery manager, a workshop facilitator, and a docent at an art center. Never venturing too far from Lake Michigan, she grew up on stories read to her by her Wisconsin parents. Nurtured by neighborhoods, farms, raspberry patches, and blue gills, she writes poem stories, painting with words and imagination. Her work has appeared in many printed and online forums, including Verse Wisconsin, Stoneboat, Seems, Fox Cry Review, qarrtsiluni, Your Daily Poem, Midwest Prairie Review, and several anthologies including Echolocations.

Welcome All! Open to the Public.

Open Mic will follow the featured readings.

REFRESHMENTS: Wine, water, coffee, and light finger food will also be served.  

Earlier Event: September 6
Bay Area Spoken Word Poetry Nights
Later Event: October 30
IMAGINE! Poetry Reading

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