Woodrow Hall Editions
the 2012 winners for
An offshoot of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf initiative, this award was designed
to help other Wisconsin poets implement a project that brings poetry into the eye of the general public in an unconventional manner.
of $500.00 went 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.
Calls for submissions for the haikus will be conducted with the help of Portal Wisconsin, The Portage County Arts Alliance, the Wisconsin
Fellowship of Poets, and local schools.
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.
Paula Sergi of the
Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in Fond du Lac won first place and $500.00 for her proposal to collaborate with cultural
centers in her community to bring poetry to the local farmers' market, library, art center and harvest season festivals.
Poems about food were on display at vendor booths and sandwich boards at the farmers' markets; bookmarks featuring
the poems and corresponding recipes were at the Fond du Lac Public Library and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) office; poems were paired
with art and on exhibit at the Windhover Center for the Arts, with readings by contributors at the Fondue Festival,
and at Park Ridge Organics Farm.
Phil Hansotia of Ellison Bay and the Wallace, Unabridged and Word Women poetry groups of Door County took the finalist
position for $250.00.
Display cases of poetry were mounted along two trails in Newport State Park with receptions at the Newport State Park shelter and
visitor center prefacing each season's presentation of poems. Throughout
2010 and into 2011, the work of former Poet Laureate, Ellen Kort, and local poets were featured, as well as the contest winners
of three area high schools.
Jan Chronister of Maple received the first place award for her program titled, "Ojibgewin" which involved teaching
a series of poetry classes on the Bad River Reservation in Odanah.