Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, is pleased to announce the winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival 2009 Poetry Contest.
“What to Give Her” by Cathryn Cofell of Appleton captured first place; “Kiehnau’s Service Station (since 1952) Fire – Spring, 1996” by Caleb Whitney of Baileys Harbor placed second; and “What does it take,” by Judy Kolosso of Slinger placed third.
Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only quarterly magazine in the state that regularly highlights Wisconsin poets and poetry. Every year the Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival Poetry Contest highlights the best of Wisconsin poetry. This year’s contest drew over 350 poems from poets in every corner of the state. The top three winners of this year’s contest receive cash and other prizes, including a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 7–11, and publication in the Spring 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas, which appears in March. The first-place winner also receives a free week’s stay at the Edenfred creative arts residency in Madison, courtesy of the Terry Family Foundation, and a recording session at Abella Studios. Runners-up will have their work published in the Summer 2009 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. Submissions for next year’s contest on will be accepted starting September 1, 2009.
Judges for the Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival 2009 Poetry Contest include Joan Wiese Johannes, Nancy Rafal, Lynn Smith, and lead judge, Karl Elder. The contest was administered by the magazine’s poetry editor, John Lehman. In addition to thanking our judges, Wisconsin People & Ideas would like to thank our partner, the Wisconsin Book Festival for their support. The contest also receives support from the Terry Family Foundation, Avol’s Bookstore, and Abella Studios.
For more information, visit wisconsinacademy.org or wisconsinhumanities.org.