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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.

Jumpstart Award Winners

Jim Pollock photo spacer        Jim Pollock and the Aspiring Authors of Stevens Point won the 2012 Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award for his Haiku Marquee proposal which involves collaborations with the Portage County Arts Alliance, and the Sanders family which owns the Fox Theater in Stevens Point. Two haikus from Wisconsin residents (one from an adult, one from a young student) will be selected and featured on the Fox Theater marquee monthly, with five other haikus posted in the show windows simultaneously.
Nancy Rafal photo spacer        Nancy Rafal won the 2012 finalist award 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 photo spacer        Paula Sergi of the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in Fond du Lac won the 2010 Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award for her Poetry at the Market proposal which involved collaborations with the Fond du Lac Arts Council, the Fond du Lac Public Library, Park Ridge Organics, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office, and the Association of Commerce to bring poetry to farmers' markets, the library, the Windhover Center for the Arts and two harvest festivals in the Fond du Lac area.
Phil Hansotia photo spacer        Phil Hansotia of Ellison Bay won the 2010 finalist award for his Poetry Trails proposal which involved collaborations between the Wallace, Unabridged and Word Women poetry groups of Door County, and Newport State Park, Newport Wilderness Society, Sevastapol High School, Gibraltar High School and Southern Door High School. Poetry in display cases were installed along two trails in Newport State Park.
Jan Chronister photo spacer        Jan Chronister of Maple won the 2009 Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award for her Ojibgewin proposal, which involved teaching a series of poetry classes on the Bad River Reservation in Odanah.

Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award

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