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is a program launched in 2004 by Shoshauna Shy in Madison, Wisconsin, with the mission of bringing poetry out of the libraries, bookstores and classrooms into the general public arena. Calls for submissions are conducted largely via cyberspace.

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FEBRUARY 2014

Announcing
that the submission period has ended
for the new Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf project

         Thank you to all of the poets in the U.S., and Canada, Israel, England and Norway who sent in hundreds of candidates to audition for inclusion in the Up to the Cottage project. The selection process is underway, and everyone will be notified by the end of March. Poems chosen will be produced on postcards or bookmarks and made available to houseguests of rental cottages, or produced on note cards and attached to the handles of maple syrup jugs, and sold in stores and at farmers markets. Cottage houseguests, while on vacation, can send the postcards to family & friends, use the bookmarks, or bring both home. Contributors of the poems will receive copies of everyone's postcard or bookmark, and a sheet of the syrup poems.

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        The cottages that will be hosting the poems:

        WISCONSIN
Cedar Glen in Ephraim
South Nest Retreat in Baileys Harbor
John Click's Cottage in Mazomanie
Dillman's Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau

        FLORIDA
Pine Ridge Cottage in Naples

        VERMONT
Stephens Family Cottage in Addison

        ADDITIONAL VENUES IN VERMONT
Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Champ's Trading Post on Lake Champlain

Poems selected for maple syrup jugs will be distributed in Wisconsin by:

Ruegsegger Farms of Blanchardville at Paoli Local Foods in Paoli, and at Farmers Markets in Waukesha, Oshkosh and South Milwaukee

Marquardt Tree Farm of Tigerton at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison

Check back later for more updates!

Shoshauna Shy welcomes your queries:

yaharacrosses@yahoo.com

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OCTOBER 2013

In partnership with
COWFEATHER PRESS
announcing

Echolocations:
Poets Map Madison

a new collection of poems
that reference Madison locations
to benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund

        

Monona Terrace Reopening Celebration featuring a photo & poetry exhibit involving
11 poems
from Echolocations:
Poets Map Madison
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 1:30 PM
Monona Terrace
Exhibit ongoing into 2014
        

Another reading to celebrate publication
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 7:00 PM
Mystery to Me
1863 Monroe Street
Madison's newest independent bookstore!
        

Celebratory launch party
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD 1:00 PM
Madison Public Library, Central Branch
201 W. Mifflin Street in Madison!

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APRIL 2013

In partnership with
MADISON B-CYCLE

POETIC BIKES LAUNCHED!

BCycleLaunch

         At high noon on Friday, April 26th, 30 bicycles sporting decals with poems referencing various locations in Madison hit the streets! These poems are a preview of the anthology produced in partnership with Cowfeather Press that will debut this fall.

        Learn more here about Madison B-Cycle, sponsored by Trek: madison.bcycle.com         Learn about Cowfeather Press: cowfeatherpress.org

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APRIL 2012

CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE
WINNERS OF THE
2012 WOODROW HALL JUMPSTART AWARDS

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        An offshoot of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf initiative, the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Awards were designed to help other Wisconsin poets implement a project or program that brings poetry into the eye of the general public in an unconventional manner.

        The award of $500.00 goes to Jim Pollock and the Aspiring Authors of Stevens Point for a project mounting monthly haikus on the historic Fox Theater marquee in Stevens Point. Built in 1894 and originally named the Grand Opera House on Main Street, this theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and at present, descendants of the theater's original owners are working on restoring the building for a cultural center. lisamarquee

         The finalist was Nancy Rafal who received $400.00 for her proposal for the Baileys Harbor Community Mural Project which will include Lorine Niedecker and part of her poem, "Wintergreen Ridge" on an outside wall of Nelson's Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor in Door County. This project coincides with Niedecker's work being featured on the Poetry Trail in Newport State Park, and the 75th anniversary of The Ridges Sanctuary, which was the inspiration for Niedecker's poem.

         Katrin Talbot, Susan Elbe, Jesse Lee Kercheval and Sara Parrell have received the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Initiative Award of $300.00 for their Bridge Poetry Series, a partnership between statewide poets and the Chazen Museum in Madison.

Questions?
shoshaunashy@yahoo.com

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Shoshauna Shy is a Midwestern poet, and the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions. Her poems have been published in The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest and by over 170 other journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins. She is the author of four collections in which the most recent one titled What the Postcard Didn’t Say received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association in 2008. Her mixed-media assemblage incorporating a poem titled “Saturday Night in Cheyenne” took second place Best of Show at the International Society of Human Ethology conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in 2010. Shoshauna works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council in Madison, Wisconsin and helped create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade.