The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project in 1997. These readings gather individuals from different corners of a single community to share their favorite poems with each other, revealing personal ties to specific poems. The only rule is that poems recited are NOT poems the readers or their friends or relatives have written, but ones they have read, perhaps many times, and to which they feel a personal attachment.
Several distinguished residents of the Fox Cities will read their favorite poems as our guests of honor, but every one is encouraged to participate. Current dignitaries include the Flaherty family, Book Festival Honorary Chairs, Kathy Flores, Jonathan Johns, Pao Lor, Pete Helein, Brian & Anna Kopetsky, and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson. Facilitated by Sarah Gilbert.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: abandon nights, weekends, and a low odometer reading; prepare a face to meet a room filled with 200 or 20 or 2 faces; make less than minimum wage (if you’re lucky); promote poetry (not always yours) at every turn. This is the work week of a city or state Poet Laureate. Despite a description that sounds like a feature on “Dirty Jobs,” Wisconsin has been blessed with some of its finest poets volunteering for the cause. In this presentation, join current Poets Laureate representing Madison, Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin as they share their poetry and a bit more of their mission as the appointed ambassadors of poetry.
Cathryn Cofell will moderate this event. Participants include:
While the Fox Cities Book Festival has a rich history of celebrating writers and books from around the globe, you don’t need to travel far to find some of the country’s best poets. Join us for a sampling of four of Wisconsin’s finest, each with considerable awards, publishing and book credits to his or her name. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.
Author introductions will be provided by Cathryn Cofell. Participants include:
This session will give you the opportunity to hear local writers read their own material, and will also afford you the opportunity to share your poetry or flash fiction. Since time is limited, those wishing to participate in the open mic are requested to limit readings to less than five minutes.
We are all story tellers weaving our life into the wisdom, wit and wonder of one another’s stories; the narrative thread that connects us – that helps us make sense of our life. We are the voice, the bone and flesh of our own story.
Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate, invites you to find an reclaim the narrative of your life story as we spill words onto paper and shape them into stories and poem.
You are invited to bring a notebook and pen.
Join Us for Tunes & Tales
CORY CHISEL & THE WANDERING SONS
with special guest Ellen Kort plus the poetry, rhythm and blues of Obvious Dog and Cathryn Cofell
Following last year's house-rockin' Book Festival benefit concert with Wisconsin's own Michael Perry, "Tunes & Tales" is ready to rock again with Appleton's own Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons! And to make the storytelling even more tasty, special guest Ellen Kort will join the fun along with Obvious Dog, including Appleton poet Cathryn Cofell.
We'll be rockin' and rollin' -- rockin' the river with Cory's soulful tunes and rollin' out great storytelling from Chisel, Kort and Obvious Dog. And it's all for a great cause -- supporting the 5th Annual Fox Cities Book Festival.
This is your chance to catch Cory as he prepares for the release of his new CD and his first-ever appearance on David Letterman later this spring.
Tickets are $25 per person, with the entire amount benefiting the Book Fest thanks to our generous underwriters.
To request tickets via phone, call 920-750-5033.
Thank you for your interest in the Fox Cities Book Festival and our special benefit concert featuring Cory Chisel.