Sturgeon Bay Poet Wins Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Award

Two Madison-area poets received top honors for their poetry at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) annual spring conference in Madison on April 30.

Steve Tomasko, Middleton, was awarded First Place for his chapbook, And No Spiders Were Harmed (Red Bird Chapbooks, St. Paul, MN). Second Place went to Sandy Stark, Madison, for her chapbook, The Toolbox Poems (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY).

Special mention was given to Naomi Cochran, Hayward, for Finding Ourselves in Alzheimer’s and to Stephen Anderson, Shorewood for Navigating in the Sun.

WFOP also extended awards to several writers for individual poems. Winners of The 2016 Muse Prize for Excellence in Poetry included:

first place to Mike Orlock, Sturgeon Bay; second place to Paula Schulz, Slinger; third place to Jude Genereaux, Sarona. Honorable mentions went to Bobbie Lovell, DePere; Annette L. Grunseth, Green Bay; and Laurel Devitt, La Crosse.

WFOP is an organization founded for the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout Wisconsin. Membership is open to residents and former residents of Wisconsin who are interested in the aims and endeavors of the organization. For more information visit

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