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Thursday, April 19
 

2:00pm

Author Reading: Sergio Gonzalez on Mexicans in Wisconsin (Presented by UWGB's Center for History and Social Change)
From agricultural and factory workers to renowned writers and musicians, the Mexican immigrants who have made their homes in Wisconsin over the past century have become a significant and diverse part of this state’s cultural and economic history. Coming from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, the earliest Mexican immigrants traveled north in search of better economic opportunities and relief from the violence and economic turmoil of the Mexican Revolution. They found work in tanneries and foundries, and on beet farms where they replaced earlier European immigrant workers who had moved on to family farms. As Mexican immigration has grown to the present day, these families have become integral members of Wisconsin communities, building businesses, support systems, and religious institutions. But their experience has also been riddled with challenges, as they have fought for adequate working conditions, access to education, and acceptance amid widespread prejudice. In this concise history, learn the fascinating stories of this vibrant and resilient immigrant population: from the Tejano migrant workers who traveled north seasonally to work in the state’s cucumber fields, to the determined labor movement led by Jesus Salas, to the young activists of the Chicano Movement, and beyond.

Sergio Gonzalez is presented by UWGB's Center for History and Social Change Historical Perspectives Lecture Series.

Speakers
avatar for Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez focuses on the development of Latino communities in urban areas in the American Midwest, with an emphasis on the religious communities Latino immigrants developed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin throughout the twentieth century. He is especially interested in the ways the... Read More →


7:00pm

Thursday night keynote with Nicholas Carr
Join the UntitledTown team and Nicholas Carr as we open our 2018 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival with a keynote discussion of the importance of the literary arts melding into technology and the sciences -- and how that impacts our community.

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Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. His new book, Utopia Is Creepy, collects his best essays, blog posts, and other writings from the past dozen years, providing an alternative history of our tech-besotted time. Offering “an uncompromising portrait of the internet” (New Scientist), it is a “bright, fun, telling book” (Kirkus) that is “by turns wry and revelatory” (Discover).
In 2014, Carr published the acclaimed book The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers, robots, and apps. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
We recommend that all audience members are ages 12 and over. There will be a concessions area with alcoholic beverages available to those of legal drinking age.
 
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available on the street and at the Main Street parking ramp. Additional parking is available in nearby lots and at the Hyatt Regency lot for guests of the hotel.

Will I be able to have my book signed? 
The author is able to sign a small number of books for approximately 45 minutes after the reading. The author will at most be able to sign 300 books during that time. This venue seats 1250 people, so we will be prioritizing the book signings to the people who have made a donation to UntitledTown for a reserved seat in the front of the venue. The author will sign as many books as she can during her singing time, but obviously will not be able to sign a book for all 1250 people in 45 minutes -- if an autograph is important to you, we highly recommend reserving a seat at the very budget friendly price of $30 per person.

What can I bring into the event?
You may bring your own books to be signed, as well as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a concessions stand offering a variety of beverages including alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine. Additionally there will be a small number of books available for purchase from The Reader's Loft on premises but you are not required to buy a book.

Flash photography and recording is not permitted.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We will be happy to answer questions through our website -- check there for answers first!

What's the refund policy?
Your full refund will be honored until 7 days prior to the event.
 

Speakers

 
Friday, April 20
 

4:00pm

Stories that Pop! Middle Grade Writer's Workshop
Good authors create stories we can't wait to devour. Their characters are delicious. Their plots are flavorful. They add the perfect amount of details to create a warm, fluffy, absolutely consumable story. But how do they get there? All stories start as a teeny tiny kernel... it's what you do in your writing process with that kernel that creates a delicious end result. We will pick a part the process piece by piece, working on the elements of character, setting, conflict and resolution. In this class we will both look at delicious fiction and write some. No need to come with a story idea, but if you have your kernel already... great! Bring it along!

Free registration - Reserve your child's spot!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba is a self proclaimed word nerd, middle school teacher and author of 7 books. She is also the creator of the monthly online writing community Story Seedlings. You can connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amandazieba/ or via her website. www.amandazieb... Read More →


5:00pm

"Last Night I Danced the Tango"
Words and music — how to combine art forms. Emotions live in every body and can be found through rhythm and tone. In other words, it is not what we say; it is the way we say it. Let Kathryn dance into your heart as she collaborates with Colin Eggers on piano and Colin McMahon on guitar.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Gahl

Kathryn Gahl

Kathryn Gahl, an award-winning poet and writer, is an Appleton Storycatcher, ballroom dancer, cook, writing coach, and friend to many. Her works appear in many literary journals and ekphrastic shows as well as in A Call to Nursing (Kaplan, 2009). A student of nutrition, fashion, and... Read More →


6:00pm

Bliss Off!
Discover the light creeping through the darkness with a level of honesty that validates our most difficult cultural confusions and our deepest personal vulnerabilities.


Speakers
avatar for Renee Beese

Renee Beese

Renee Beese, noted Speaker, Author & Spoken Word Artist, draws us in with revealing confessions and profound human introspection. An artist of the soul, Renee locates the ping of dysfunction and invites the love and support we all crave.


6:00pm

Writing the Next Chapter
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking about leaving it all to become a novelist, or even if you’re simply curious about making a career out of writing, join these Chicago women who did just that. Each panelist has switched careers later in life to become published novelists, with works spanning a wide range of genres including mystery, literary fiction and young adult fiction. This presentation will offer insights, advice and encouragement to adults interested in writing and curious about the challenges and successes of starting a second career as a novelist.


Speakers
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Burns Zeiss

Joyce Burns Zeiss

 Joyce Burns Zeiss wrote after retiring from teaching junior high and doing volunteer work with Cambodian and African refugees. Out of the Dragon’s Mouth, her debut YA novel, is based on the experience of a fellow teacher who fled post-war Vietnam in a fishing trawler... Read More →


6:00pm

The Different Paths to Becoming a Published Author
Members of the Shawano Area Writers will talk about the different paths they took to begin writing, searching for publishers and other tasks to bring their stories into print.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski wrote his first novel in 2007. Inspired by the beautiful fall foliage of northern Wisconsin, he used the backdrop to craft a tale of love between two men in a small town. From there, Lee continued writing stories featuring gay protagonists. In the last few years, he shifted... Read More →


7:00pm

An Evening with R.L. Stine
Join us for an evening with RL Stine, famed author of the awardwinning and recordbreaking "Goosebumps" series. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE STARTING MARCH 20 AT 10 AM.

Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat. To make your $30 donation to UntitledTown and get a reserved ticket with guaranteed access to the author signing line, please click this link.

General Admission free seating tickets must be reserved through this link. Please note that general admission ticket holders are not guaranteed access to the signing line due to the sheer numbers of people who will be in attendance at this event.

FAQs
 
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This event is open to all ages. There will be a concessions area with alcoholic beverages available to those of legal drinking age.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available on the street and at the Weidner Center parking lot. Additional parking is available in nearby UWGB lots. The Trolley will not be available for this event.

Will I be able to have my book signed? 
The author is able to sign a small number of books for approximately 45 minutes after the reading. The author will at most be able to sign 300 books during that time. This venue seats over 2000 people, so we will be prioritizing the book signings to the people who have made a donation to UntitledTown for a reserved seat in the front of the venue. The author will sign as many books as he can during this signing time, but obviously will not be able to sign a book for all 2000 people in 45 minutes -- if an autograph is important to you, we highly recommend reserving a seat at the very budget friendly price of $30 per person.

What can I bring into the event?
You may bring your own books to be signed. There will be a concessions stand offering a variety of snacks and beverages including alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine. Additionally there will be a small number of books available for purchase from The Reader's Loft on premises but you are not required to buy a book. You may not bring outside food into Cofrin hall.

Flash photography and recording is not permitted. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We will be happy to answer questions through our website -- check there for answers first!

What's the refund policy?
Your full refund will be honored until 7 days prior to the event.
 

Speakers
avatar for R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

"Why do I write these creepy books?" R.L. Stine asks. "I just like to scare people!"He's been scaring people all around the world for a lot of years. So far, he has sold over 400-million books and his books have been translated into 35 languages, making him one of the best-selling... Read More →


7:30pm

The scoop: How to break into magazine and newspaper freelancing
If you've been dying for months or years to write for your favorite newspaper or magazine but you don't know how to get your foot in the door, hear from seasoned freelancers on how to get current clips, how to write a successful pitch and whether it's smart to work for free. They'll share their best secrets for landing great interviews and researching paying markets. Plus, they'll give you their best advice for cold calling editors, working within the "gig economy" and above all, getting your work published in your dream market. Moderated by UWGB's Rebecca Nesvet.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Martin

Marci Martin

I am a self-published author whose full-time gig is business writing. I began as a freelancer using bid sites and have expanded to becoming an S-Corp, doing regular marketing and landing such clients as LogMeIn, Praxis Consulting and federal contractors all over the world. As a mother... Read More →
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski wrote his first novel in 2007. Inspired by the beautiful fall foliage of northern Wisconsin, he used the backdrop to craft a tale of love between two men in a small town. From there, Lee continued writing stories featuring gay protagonists. In the last few years, he shifted... Read More →
avatar for Larry Scheckel

Larry Scheckel

science teacher, Tomah High School-retired
Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin and attended a one-room country school. Larry started a teaching career in 1972 and retired, along with wife, Ann, in 2010. Larry Scheckel has been named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, and... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Verbeten

Sharon Verbeten

Sharon Verbeten is a career journalist, editor and freelance writer and is owner of her All Write Creative Services. For more than 20 years, she has written non-fiction magazine articles for many national trade publications, penned corporate communications and blog posts and is the... Read More →


7:30pm

Writing about a Real Life Adventure
Everyone has had an adventure in their life--these authors took a cross-country trip on a bicycle-built-for-two. This workshop will explain the process taken to complete a book about their real life adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Dauplaise

Mike Dauplaise

Mike is a freelance writer, author and marketing consultant. His career spans nearly 40 years in the newspaper, financial services and corporate communications fields. Mike has expertise in a variety of print and video formats, including annual reports, press releases, web text, feature... Read More →
avatar for Tracy and Peter Flucke

Tracy and Peter Flucke

Peter and Tracy Flucke are president and vice-president of WE BIKE, etc., LLC, a Green Bay business which specializes in engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement for walking, bicycling and healthy communities. The Fluckes have completed three unsupported cross-country... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Groessl

Bonnie Groessl

Bonnie Groessl is a best-selling author, international podcast host and success coach. She is recognized as an expert in helping people attain their goals by focusing on clarity, mindset and identifying the most effective ways to achieve desired outcomes. Bonnie works with individuals... Read More →


 
Saturday, April 21
 

9:00am

Coffee talk with a literary agent (Ask Me Anything)
Got questions about the literary process? Wonder why you need an agent? Join literary agent Kent Wolf who will talk about the publishing world and take your questions.

This historic space is accessed through two short sets of staircases and does not have a ramp or an elevator. Accessible seating is available on the top "terrace" of the coffee shop. Please let us know if you require additional accommodations -- we are here to help and support you!

Speakers
avatar for Kent Wolf

Kent Wolf

Kent D. Wolf is a literary agent with The Friedrich Agency where he represents literary and upmarket fiction and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, journalism and pop culture. His clients include National Book Award Finalist for Fiction Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times-bestselling... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

9:00am

Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul Book Reading
Join authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul for a special story time for littles and bigs. Miranda's forthcoming titles are Adventures To School: Real-Life Journeys of Students Around The World and Mia Moves Out. This multicultural story hour will be followed by a book signing.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bagand Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended... Read More →
avatar for Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul is a man of many talents—from woodworking to gardening to entertaining hordes of children for hours on end. Born and raised in the West Indies (St. Lucia), Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker and enjoys roasting his own coffee and chocolate as well as eating... Read More →


10:00am

A visit with the Sign Fairy
Door County’s own Sign Fairy Jill Harding will read from her new book Dragonfly Magic with an author signing to follow.  Her presentation will include thoughts on writing and making images for a wide range of readers.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Harding

Jill Harding

author/illustrator, Good Thoughts Books & Art LLC
I'd love to share my journey of moving from a 20 year teaching career to becoming the Sign Fairy and a children's book author and illustrator. Please join me at my presentation at the library on Saturday at 10. Hopefully, we can inspire each other!


10:00am

DANCING, SINGING, PLAYING Making Early Literacy Fun for Parents, Caregivers and, Ultimately, Children
Join Brown County Library Youth Services Librarians Sharon Verbeten and Karin Adams in a interactive and high-energy hour of dancing, singing, playing and more—all designed to help children learn while having fun. Research emphasizes the Every Child Ready to Read practices of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing as all being important to early literacy. The teamwork, energy and rapport of this seasoned duo will invite children and their caregivers to think about literacy, reading and libraries in a different, fun and motivational way.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Verbeten

Sharon Verbeten

Sharon Verbeten is a career journalist, editor and freelance writer and is owner of her All Write Creative Services. For more than 20 years, she has written non-fiction magazine articles for many national trade publications, penned corporate communications and blog posts and is the... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
YWCA 230 S. Madison St., Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Elementary kid writing workshop
The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Seasoned veteran author and illustrator Jeanne Styczinski will walk young authors through their beginning steps at creating stories and nurturing their talents in this hands on discussion.

The workshop is free, but has limited space. Please reserve the space with the child's name using the link below.

REGISTER A CHILD AUTHOR HERE

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival sponsored by Breakthrough Fuel & Crystal Clear Resources celebrates all aspects of book culture. This four day festival is held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will promote all aspects of book culture including publishing, the writing craft, the joys of reading and literacy and performative aspects such as paper making, public author signings and performances and poetry combined with dance. Over the course of four days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a book expo showcasing local, regional, and national publishers and their books.


Learn more about UntitledTown Book and Author Festival and check out the 150+ events, panels and workshops happening April 19-22nd atwww.untitledtown.org.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Styczinski

Jeanne Styczinski

Author/Illustrator, JeanneKay Publishing
As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve read countless picture books and wrote/illustrated many stories in my classrooms. I could see the important role that children’s picture books play in students’ literacy development and how early connection with pictures books help students... Read More →


10:00am

Kid Authors: Workshop for middle-grade writers
You've got big ideas, maybe the next great novel in the tradition of SE Hinton's The Outsiders (which she wrote when she was 17). Now it's time to get to work. This writing workshop for authors aged 10-14 will talk about narrative, plot and the kinds of brainstorming techniques you need when you get stuck. Join us for this hands on workshop and bring your favorite notebook and pens because you're going to actually do some writing here too.

Because we have limited space, each author must reserve their place via our electronic reservation system. This system is first come, first served. Reserve your place now!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Eder

Katie Eder

Katie Eder is the eighteen-year-old Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Kids Tales. Kids Tales brings creative writing workshops, taught be teens, to kids who do not have access to writing experiences outside of school. During a Kids Tales workshop, kids write a short... Read More →


10:00am

Indie Insanity
"The publishing world is like a circus, some acts are advertised like crazy and others have to shine by talent alone. I fell into publishing without a plan and somehow stumbled into a career that not only rewards me with paying gigs, but the trust of my readers. I plan to offer my experiences to help new writers and authors who may be struggling to find their way.

Most of us know to avoid vanity presses but there are now vanity awards, pay-for-review companies and more. Finding the right route to publishing is never easy and I myself am still building my name every day, but it is through working with others in the industry that we learn the most valuable lessons and I intend to share them.
"

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica’s motto is: Adventure first, then write! When not running around exploring nature and chasing after two smaller versions of herself, she also…feeds the bunny. Somehow in there she has found time to author the award winning children’s book, The Golden Rule, as well as... Read More →


10:00am

Memoir: How Self-discovery leads to publication
You already know what to write -- you lived it. But sometimes it's just not that easy. Join several memoir experts to discuss the struggles with the process, getting to your truth and sometimes healing the connections to the distant -- and not so distant - past. Moderated by Write On! Door County's own Jerod Santek.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie McKinney

Debbie McKinney

Debbie McKinney is an accidental author, convinced to share the journals of her American Red Cross volunteer experiences after 9/11 in Washington, D.C., Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, and Hurricane Sandy in New York. She grew up and began her twenty years of volunteering in Milwaukee... Read More →
avatar for Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte (Storycatchers founder), is a published poet, author and award-winning blogger.  Her latest stand-alone work is a collection of essays and poetry surrounding motherhood called: Dreamcatcher.  She holds a master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room B1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

A Look at the Romance Genre and Women's Fiction - The Genres that Outpace Themselves Year After Year
A panel of local members of the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA) will talk about how to keep pace with writing in a genre where avid readers demand a continued presence in the market whether it is a historical romance, inspirational, romantic suspense or a contemporary romance. Readers gobble up those stories and writers are committed to delivering. According to the Romance Writers of America, romance novels share 34% of the fiction market.

This panel of authors will talk about why they write romance, their journeys to publication (both indie and traditional), offer successful tools to aspiring writers on how to get started, and answer any questions in regard to the romance genre and paths to publication. This panel includes Valerie J. Clarizio, Virginia McCullough, Jennifer Davis, Steve Mitchell, Lisa Romdenne and Mary Grace Murphy.

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room B3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Author reading and signing: Jon Kerstetter
JON KERSTETTER received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He served as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the U.S. Army and completed three combat tours in Iraq. His writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, River Teeth, and other literary journals.

He will read from Crossings, a Doctor-Soldier's Story with signing to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Kerstetter

Jon Kerstetter

JON KERSTETTER received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He practiced emergency medicine and military medicine, serving as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the US Army National Guard... Read More →


10:00am

Graphic Novelist Panel
Three writers who employ the graphical/visual art into their storytelling talk to their methods, their moments and their magic. Moderated by UWGB's Bryan Carr.

Speakers
avatar for Mistaloo Meff

Mistaloo Meff

Luther Hall from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Hampton University in 1997 and has completed one year of study at Madison Media Institute for video game design in 2011.  A freelance graphic designer for over 15 years, he is a perpetual learner... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the art director and New York editor of The Believer magazine.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center - Auditorium (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Nasty Women: Reading and editor Q&A
Featuring essays by multiple writers’ perspectives on coping through Trump’s America, “Nasty Women” includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward. Join authors Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding in a long discussion of how feminism and solidarity are not just changing the discussion but creating the narrative of this tremendous cultural shift.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Harding

Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room B2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Writing and reading bi-racial or transracial identities
Racial identity has always been a part of our narrative as authors -- and representation in the literary world is more important now than ever. This panel will explore how our cultural and ethnic heritage interweaves into our art and will attempt to answer the question "Am I allowed to write characters of color if I'm white?" Moderated by UWGB Christina Ortiz.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience. He seeks to shed light where few look, or look long enough, to uncover... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Ratteree

Kathleen Ratteree

Since 2013, Kathleen has worked with Sustain Oneida, a subcommittee of the Oneida Nation Trust and Enrollment Committee since 2013. This grassroots group facilitates constructive community dialogue on tribal enrollment criteria (i.e., blood quantum). She has written a series of articles... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell is a Las Vegas native, currently at UNLV. His work has appeared in the Desert Companion, as well as the Nevada Humanities' Las Vegas Writes Project Back To Where You Once Belonged, covering topics from police racial profiling to the effects of place on communities... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Am I Suffering Enough? Myths and Misgivings of the Writer’s Process
Gathering ideas from contemporary writers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne Lamott, Steve Almond, and David Sedaris, this craft talk will examine common misconceptions about writers and the writing process—that talent matters more than persistence, that inspiration reigns supreme, that you have it or you don’t. Writers will leave with inspiration and practical techniques for improving their own writing practice, able to generate more freely, revise more deeply, and better understand how creativity works.

Speakers
avatar for Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra is a lecturer at UW-Green Bay where she teaches creative writing and English composition. As a recovering procrastinator, she’s certain that the process of writing is a great philosophy for most difficult tasks in work and life. Tara’s writing has appeared in such places... Read More →


10:00am

Building Your Dreams, Writing with Purpose
RESERVE YOUR SPOT THROUGH OUR FREE TICKETING SYSTEM HERE

This workshop will connect with inspiring aspiring writers, illustrators, or editors to take that next step in the publication industry. It becomes so easy as we get older to convince ourselves that those were simply childhood dreams, but the things you've dreamed of doing as  young person were not wrong. Those dreams are so powerful. Both of my books, written for children, are also incredibly powerful for adults, reminding us to believe in our abilities and to trust ourselves.  
Having published books both with a publisher and, now, as an indie publisher, I will share the experiences I have had that were both rewarding, defeating and challenging. Driven by a childhood dream, shaped into a reality, my goal is to provide a series of tips that will engage the audiences’ desire’s and shape them into goals.
You can do anything, any time, any day. Getting started isn't easy, but with support and advice from experience, every step can bring you closer to success. The best decision I ever made was to submit my work and believe in myself. The second best decision I ever made was to overcome the series of challenges I’ve faced in the last 4 years.
The workshop will consist of book readings throughout the presentation about the trick’s I’ve leaned on to keep moving forward and then shift into a quick workshop. Utilizing simple logic models, audience members will draw a map of small goals that would move them towards their dreams.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT THROUGH OUR FREE TICKETING SYSTEM HERE

Speakers
avatar for Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau

I am from Green Bay, WI and first published starting in 2014. I am an indie publisher, work in youth development, and am actively involved in my community. I am always looking for the next challenge!


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

10:00am

Collaborators, Co-authors, and Ghosts: The Delicate Art of Writing Your Book with Someone Else without Losing Your Mind or Resorting to Violence
Maybe you have a great idea for a book (or a fascinating life story) that you would love to get published, but you’re not an experienced author and have no idea where to begin. Or perhaps you’re a writer looking for a new project and new opportunities to expand your career. Co-writing a book (two individuals working together to create one manuscript) can be the perfect solution. While fun and exciting, co-writing a book can also be a potential minefield full of conflicts and complications. In this session, Joal and Elizabeth will de-mystify the process of co-authoring, covering key topics including:

Division of labor: Who writes what and how much? Who handles editing, rewriting, and polishing?

Financial considerations: Will both authors split the advance and royalties equally? Or will one author pay the other to get the story down on paper?

Contracts and agreements: What type of paperwork do you need to get started?

Writing credit: Will both authors get equal billing on the book’s cover? Or will one author be a “ghostwriter,” only mentioned in the book’s acknowledgments?

Conflict resolution: What happens if the authors simply can’t agree about something, or if the relationship breaks down during the writing?

Co-authors Joal Derse Dauer and Elizabeth Ridley did not know each other before they started working together on “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World,” published by major New York publisher Kensington in September 2017. Amazingly, they are still on speaking terms. Joal and Elizabeth’s session will feature a special guest appearance by the third member of their writing team, rescue dog Sadie, the “star” of the “Saving Sadie” memoir.
Maybe you have a great idea for a book (or a fascinating life story) that you would love to get published, but you’re not an experienced author and have no idea where to begin. Or perhaps you’re a writer looking for a new project and new opportunities to expand your career. Co-writing a book (two individuals working together to create one manuscript) can be the perfect solution. While fun and exciting, co-writing a book can also be a potential minefield full of conflicts and complications. In this session, Joal and Elizabeth will de-mystify the process of co-authoring, covering key topics including:

Division of labor: Who writes what and how much? Who handles editing, rewriting, and polishing?

Financial considerations: Will both authors split the advance and royalties equally? Or will one author pay the other to get the story down on paper?

Contracts and agreements: What type of paperwork do you need to get started?

Writing credit: Will both authors get equal billing on the book’s cover? Or will one author be a “ghostwriter,” only mentioned in the book’s acknowledgments?

Conflict resolution: What happens if the authors simply can’t agree about something, or if the relationship breaks down during the writing?

Co-authors Joal Derse Dauer and Elizabeth Ridley did not know each other before they started working together on “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World,” published by major New York publisher Kensington in September 2017. Amazingly, they are still on speaking terms. Joal and Elizabeth’s session will feature a special guest appearance by the third member of their writing team, rescue dog Sadie, the “star” of the “Saving Sadie” memoir.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley’s fifth novel, "Searching for Celia," was published by Bold Strokes Books in New York in 2015. The GBLTQ mystery/thriller was chosen as one of “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads” by The Advocate, while Lambda Literary described it as “a riveting tale of identity... Read More →
avatar for Joal Derse Dauer & Sadie

Joal Derse Dauer & Sadie

JOAL DERSE DAUER has had a lifelong passion for animals and has worked as a Transitional Organization Specialist for more than twenty-five years. In addition to Sadie, she is a "mom" to a Border collie mix named Sparky and two cats, Miss Kitty and Kit Kat. Saving Sadie is her first... Read More →


10:00am

How to keep being a writer
Being a writer is hard. And unless your initials are JKR, usually not super profitable. How do you keep chasing the muse while also keeping the lights on? We'll talk about all the things writers need to STOP doing (self-criticism, procrastination, etc) and some great tips for being more productive and more consistent with your craft, as well as finding a side job that doesn't feel like it will eat your soul. Moderated by Vive Griffith.

Speakers
avatar for Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy

Professor Christi Clancy specializes in suburban literature, eco-criticism, and creative writing pedagogy. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories and many other publications, including, most recently, the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Molly Magestro

Molly Magestro

A Green Bay native, teacher and writer Molly Ann Magestro now called eastern Montana home. She teaches writing and literature at Miles Community College in Miles City and writes every day. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, taught for the... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba is a self proclaimed word nerd, middle school teacher and author of 7 books. She is also the creator of the monthly online writing community Story Seedlings. You can connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amandazieba/ or via her website. www.amandazieb... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center - Room 5AB (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

Memoir Writers Coffee Talk -
Writing a true story and want to meet up with other memoirists? This unmoderated coffee talk session will allow memoir writers and enthusiasts to connect for coffee, chat and more.

Accessibility is very important to us -- due to the historical venue, this venue has both accessible seating and seating that is accessed by a staircase with a handrail (without an elevator or a ramp). While most of our programming is already 100% accessible with no effort required from our attendees, please let us know if you need first level seating for this event -- otherwise we will default to the larger area to minimally impact the business.



Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

10:00am

Screenwriting: Ready, set, write
Is your main character already played by America Ferrerra inside your head? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your work on the screen? This engaging discussion, led by moderator Kate Farley, will tap into the visual component of written storytelling. Moderated by UWGB's Aaron DeBee

Speakers
avatar for Kat Abbott

Kat Abbott

Kat worked in the entertainment industry for 5+ years on everything from Emmy-winning TV shows to feature films to independent short films. While she’s done every crew position behind the camera, her favorites are key set costumer and assistant director. She currently resides in... Read More →
avatar for Janson Mancheski

Janson Mancheski

I write fiction of all types. Mostly novels and screenplays. In 2009, I published my first novel The Chemist, a crime thriller set in Green Bay, featuring detective Cale Van Waring. It won 1st place in a national fiction contest. I wrote two more books in the series after that. My... Read More →
avatar for Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn's story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O'Connor Award and was named an NPR “Great Read” and a Michigan Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and other journals. She's also the... Read More →


10:00am

Setting Emotion: Using Place to Establish Emotion
Every story takes place somewhere, but how do we make sure our story’s setting is acting as more than backdrop? This workshop will focus on how to use place as a way to establish emotion and to reveal character in both fiction and nonfiction. In some ways, we’ll explore that old writing commandment “Show, don’t tell,” but we’ll also look at how the ubiquity of that commandment obscures how difficult it is to understand and master. A key question of the workshop will be: What is the difference between “place” and “setting” and “landscape”? According to the author Robert Olen Butler, “We look at the landscape and what we see out there is our deepest emotional inner selves. This is at the heart of a work of art.” Through a series of generative writing exercises and prompts, and using published and unpublished works as our guide, this workshop will aim to reach those deeper selves and translate them through the description of place. We’ll think about how we might use place in our writing to reveal or imply a character’s moods or emotions, and how the selective description of place can suggest or reveal an untold event, or something happening outside of the scene.

“In the real world, we can only visit place,” the poet and novelist Luis Urrea wrote, “but in the alchemy of writing, we become place, and place becomes us.” He also advised anyone wanting to utilize place in their work to stop trying to use it, and instead start inhabiting it. The final part of this presentation will focus on Urrea’s idea of “inhabiting” place and will explore how this inhabiting not only relates to our characters, but also to us as community members. While attendees are free ask questions at any point, there will be time at the end dedicated specifically to Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Eliot Triechel

Eliot Triechel

Eliot Treichel is the author of the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers, which received the Oregon Book Award’s Readers Choice Award and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award. His first book, the story collection Close Is... Read More →


10:00am

The Audacity of Writing Children's Books
What do children of color and disabilities think as they read books rarely containing a face that mirrors their own? In this presentation, Lora Hyler discusses the importance of children of color seeing themselves reflected in the pages of a book, the vital role of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the #We Need Diverse Books movement in the publishing industry.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Hyler

Lora Hyler

Founder & CEO, Glendale, Wisconsin
Lora Hyler is an award-winning former radio journalist, television commentator, executive speechwriter, and manager at media and utility companies. She currently serves as CEO of her 16-year-old public relations and marketing company, Hyler Communications. She has written hundreds... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

The Mechanic Behind the Muse
Good writing can seem magical, but only happens through hard work and mastery of craft.
A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist – and native of tiny Pulaski, Wisconsin – shares lessons learned during her career as a true storyteller. Among them: There are no small stories. The most creative writing is built on a foundation of discipline. All good writing comes from good reporting. All writers are insecure. And sometimes even the best writers suck.

Join Jacqui for an engaging discussion of What It Takes. She’ll offer some go-to tools to turn craft into art, and answer your questions about a seven-continent career in which she wrote about everything from beauty pageants to popes, AIDS to the Olympics, dogsled expeditions to refugee camps, labor disputes to social justice movements. Not to mention a few hundred planning commission meetings along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

JACQUI BANASZYNSKI is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. She has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as associate managing editor of the The Seattle Times, where she was in charge of special projects and staff development.She spent... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
KI Convention Center Room A1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

10:00am

The Muse of History: How history inspires creative writing
History has allowed writers for centuries to turn real life events into dynamic prose, poetry and fiction... and more. From Broadway's Hamilton to Hillary Jordan's Mudbound to George RR Martin's Game Of Thrones (Starks and Lannisters -- try the Yorks and the Lancasters!) to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (which took its inspiration from  Beowulf but also the battle at the Somme, the Boer War and more), real life facts are often not only stranger than fiction, it's often the inspiration for some of our most fantastical tales.

Our esteemed panel will talk about the ways that their work is inspired by history, how you can mine the archives for your next big idea. This is a must for the history buff and the rising star novelist.

This curated panel session will be moderated by UWGB chair of the History department Dr. Heidi  Sherman.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings

As a veteran teacher of 26 years, Judy Dodge Cummings knows what kind of historybooks put kids to sleep. As the author of 20 nonfiction books for children and teens,Judy’s goal is to write stories that not only wake young readers up, but also transportthem back in time. She’s... Read More →
avatar for BJ Hollars

BJ Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently and From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human. In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, will be published Hollars serves as a mentor... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry: 200 Nights and One Day, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, Justice Freedom Herbs, and Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. Her Pushcart Prize nominated essay “Community Inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. In writing Between Earth and Sky, she has drawn on the experiences of a close relative, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe, who survived an Indian mission school in the 1950s. Between Earth and Sky is Amanda's first... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Burns Zeiss

Joyce Burns Zeiss

 Joyce Burns Zeiss wrote after retiring from teaching junior high and doing volunteer work with Cambodian and African refugees. Out of the Dragon’s Mouth, her debut YA novel, is based on the experience of a fellow teacher who fled post-war Vietnam in a fishing trawler... Read More →


10:00am

Drop in Writing Workshop
Have you been working on a story, novel beginning or poem that you want some fresh eyes to look at and give thoughtful opinions? Are you willing to be the first reader on someone's brave work and new hopeful novel or poem? The Drop In Writing Workshop will be an open flow "Word Aquarium" for writers who are interested in sharing their drafts with new friends and giving their own feedback in return.

Come with no more than 10 pages of prose, double spaced, or five poems, and a pen or pencil. Make sure that the copies you bring aren't your only copies, as participants will be encouraged to add annotations to the works they give feedback and responses to. 

10:00am

Quiet Reading Room
Need a quiet space to unplug -- or just charge your e-reader? This room is dedicated to quiet restful reading -- no conversations allowed.

11:30am

Book signing with Baptiste Paul
Baptiste will be conducting a 30 minute signing of his debut book picture book, The Field at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies of Baptiste's book on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul

Baptiste Paul is a man of many talents—from woodworking to gardening to entertaining hordes of children for hours on end. Born and raised in the West Indies (St. Lucia), Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker and enjoys roasting his own coffee and chocolate as well as eating... Read More →



11:30am

Book Signing with Miranda Paul
Miranda will conduct a 30 minute signing for friends and fans at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Reader's Loft will have Miranda's books on hand for purchase at the fair.


Speakers
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bagand Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended... Read More →


12:00pm

How Illustrations are Made
Interested in learning about how a picture book is illustrated? Come join me as I walk you through the day of an illustrator! I will talk about the many decisions I face as I move a picture book from blank page to print. As an illustrator, I paint/gadget print with recycled items on recycled newspaper and then use the printed paper to collage my images. I will bring lots of paper and get you activity involved in art as I share my craft of collaging with you. I will also, read a book or two along the way! Come join me for this fun interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Styczinski

Jeanne Styczinski

Author/Illustrator, JeanneKay Publishing
As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve read countless picture books and wrote/illustrated many stories in my classrooms. I could see the important role that children’s picture books play in students’ literacy development and how early connection with pictures books help students... Read More →


12:00pm

Think Again podcast taping with guest Kristen Radtke
Join us for a live podcast of "Think Again" with Jason Gots. Jason will be joined by Green Bay born and Brooklyn located Kristen Radtke for an in-depth discussion about life and literature. 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gots

Jason Gots

Jason writes, podcasts, and talks about big ideas in the real world and in fiction, for children and adults. Jason's the creator/host of the top 15 iTunes podcast Think Again, one of iTunes’ Best Podcasts of 2015 and #2 among INC's "7 Podcasts to Help You Think Differently in 2... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the art director and New York editor of The Believer magazine.


12:00pm

Dr Seuss Puppet show
Puppet Show and Readers’ Theater Performances of Dr. Seuss books.  Includes the less-known story What Was I Scared Of?, featuring the “pale green pants,” and favorites such as Green Eggs & Ham or Horton Hears a Who.

12:00pm

Elementary kid writing workshop
Are you ready to become a writer? Christine Reynebeau will walk through some great and fun ways that you can build a story from scratch, using just a piece of paper and a pencil!

Because of limited space, we recommend reserving a spot for each child ages 7 to 10 through our electronic reservation system. This workshop is free. All reservations are first come, first served and must be made through our electronic reservation system.

REGISTER HERE

Speakers
avatar for Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau

I am from Green Bay, WI and first published starting in 2014. I am an indie publisher, work in youth development, and am actively involved in my community. I am always looking for the next challenge!


12:00pm

Kid's Writing Workshop: Creating characters
In this workshop for young writers (and adults!), we'll create and get to know some brand new characters, starting with the basics and then digging deeper.

This agenda tool is merely for your personal organization convenience and does not guarantee you or your child a spot in any workshop, panel, session or presentation. Because we know this will be an incredibly popular event, we are offering this free reservation system through this link, which will allow you to reserve your spot ahead of time and is on a first come, first served basis. You must bring either a paper copy or an electronic copy of the ticket for each participant on the day of the event. Attendees who do not have tickets will be allowed to enter if there is room in the venue and at the discretion of the presenter.

Register for this free workshop by using our ticketing system here.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade fantasy series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her next MG series, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →


12:00pm

Publishing talk: Marketing yourself as a writer
It would be great if every author came with their own cheering squad, but in a world of instant publication through digital online presence, it's sometimes hard to get noticed. Luckily, that digital presence can work for you. These authors will talk about their strategies for self-promotion that don't leave you feeling weird or desperate -- and several ways that just aren't worth the effort. Come armed with questions -- our panelists want to help!

Speakers
avatar for Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth has a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in Wisconsin Academy Review, Wis. People and Ideas, Midwest Prairie Review, SOUNDINGS: Door County in Poetry, Poeming Pigeons, Fox Cry Review, Peninsula Pulse, The... Read More →
avatar for Kent Wolf

Kent Wolf

Kent D. Wolf is a literary agent with The Friedrich Agency where he represents literary and upmarket fiction and nonfiction in the areas of memoir, journalism and pop culture. His clients include National Book Award Finalist for Fiction Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times-bestselling... Read More →


12:00pm

Publishing Your Work Mega Panel
You have questions? They have decades of years of experience and are ready to offer their wisdom. This highly audience-generated panel will be open to any kinds of questions -- from publishing to story to craft to agents to the best way to end writer's block (hint: usually it's coffee plus writing more).  Moderated by UWGB's Stefan Hall.

Speakers
avatar for PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala has enjoyed many careers in her lifetime. But, she’s finally found her favorite and final career putting lovable characters through their paces and dreaming up fantastic worlds for them to live in, all while learning and sharing marketing strategies, writing and social... Read More →
avatar for Lora Hyler

Lora Hyler

Founder & CEO, Glendale, Wisconsin
Lora Hyler is an award-winning former radio journalist, television commentator, executive speechwriter, and manager at media and utility companies. She currently serves as CEO of her 16-year-old public relations and marketing company, Hyler Communications. She has written hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Michael Leannah

Michael Leannah

Michael Leannah, a teacher in elementary and middle schools for more than 30 years, is the creator of We Think with Ink, a program for writing teachers. He is the author of Most People, an award-winning children's picture book, published in 2017 by Tilbury House. Two more of his picture... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Joy Netzel

Stacey Joy Netzel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after (Ever After being a favorite). She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some cats. In her limited free time she enjoys hiking, canning fresh... Read More →
avatar for Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


12:00pm

What does it mean to be an "American" writer in 2018?
In today's charged political climate, what exactly does it mean to be an American Writer? Moderated by Herman Fernandez-Meardi of UWGB.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

JACQUI BANASZYNSKI is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. She has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as associate managing editor of the The Seattle Times, where she was in charge of special projects and staff development.She spent... Read More →
avatar for Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.He has toured the world over the last decade, releasing several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City.Get It While You Can is his first book, an... Read More →
avatar for Joe Milan Jr.

Joe Milan Jr.

Joe Milan Jr. is a writer who teaches. Most of his stories and essays take place in South Korea, where half of his family is from and he lived for nine years. Currently, he is a Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow in Fiction at UNLV. Wonderful places like The LA Review of Books, Broad... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups (Salt 2011). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, and many other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the PhD program in Creative Writing... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center - Room 5AB (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Author reading and signing: Charles Sykes
The famed Wisconsin conservative author from Milwaukee reads from his latest non-fiction political commentary book.

Reserve your free tickets here!

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes

Charles J. Sykes is the author of eight books on current affairs and education, including How the Right Lost It's Mind, Fail U., A Nation of Victims, and Profscam. He has written pieces for the Wall Street Journal and Time.com among others, and in 2016 was featured for his critiques... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room B3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Author reading and signing: Tom McAllister
Author Tom McAllister will read from his latest release "How to Be Safe", with signing to follow.

This book received a starred review from Kirkus Review.


A brilliant, tragically timely second novel from the author of The Young Widower’s Handbook (2017).
FORMER TEACHER HAD MOTIVE. When this chyron rolls across the bottom of a cable news segment, Anna Crawford becomes complicit in a high school shooting. Never mind that she had nothing to do with the crime; once she’s part of the story, she’s guilty of...something. This novel is an indictment of gun culture, hot-take journalism, and social media, and if that sounds like a miserable premise for a novel, fear not: McAllister is a brave and stylish writer, and Anna is a singular creation. At first, she seems like a classic unreliable narrator, but it quickly becomes hard to decide which is crazier: Anna or the world she’s describing. As a one-time teacher and a thoroughgoing misfit—she was fired for being “unpredictable” just before the shooting—Anna is perfectly positioned to understand the shooter even as she recognizes that both his teen angst and his deadly rage are hackneyed. Once she achieves secondhand fame, she notes that the strangers who want to kill her, those who want to rape her, and those who want to do both—in that order—share the same fantasies of dominance. “In America,” she says, “we send children to school to get shot and to learn algebra and physics and history and biology and literature. Less civilized nations don’t have such an organized system for murdering their children. Mass murders in undeveloped countries occur because they are savages.” Anna doesn’t just worry about guns; she sees how misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and classism shape a society in which assault weapons are fetish objects. The horror is offset—or maybe thrown into sharp relief—by moments of mordant humor. When an evangelizing acquaintance tries to frighten Anna with images of darkness and demons and a final battle between good and evil, Anna says, “You might want to make this sound less exciting…I kind of want to not repent just so I can see the whole scene.” Then she adds, “People don’t want to be bored.”
Intensely smart. Sharply written.







Speakers
avatar for Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister is the author of the novels How to Be Safe and The Young Widower's Handbook, as well as the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey. He is the non-fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and co-host of the Book Fight! podcast. His shorter work has been published most recently in The Rumpus... Read More →



Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room B1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

José Orduña reading
Join the author of "The Weight of Shadows" for a reading followed by Q&A and author signing.

Speakers
avatar for José Orduña

José Orduña

José Orduña was born in Córdoba, Veracruz and immigrated to Chicago when he was two years old. He received an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His work explores the ways power has determined his and others' existence as racialized subjects of the... Read More →


12:00pm

Visiting The Shadow Of Green Bay History
The Great Green Bay Fire of September 20, 1880, destroyed more buildings than any other fire in this city’s entire history. About 100 buildings burned including sixty homes, a church, a few businesses with the remainder being out-buildings.
 
The fire began when burning coal embers from a ship on the Fox River ignited a saw dust pile behind a wood mill on South Washington St. In spite of efforts by the Green Bay Fire Department, strong winds spread the flames from building to building, block to block eventually covering nearly a mile.

Siegel will give a presentation about the Great Fire of 1880, taken from his book Forces of Change, Events That Led To The Development Of The Green Bay Fire Department, 1836-1895. Afterwards, he will give a guided tour of the fire area, including the origin site, significant firefighting locations, destroyed buildings sites and highlight five extant buildings that were directly threatened by the flames in 1880, using the UntitledTown trolley (minimal walking required). 


Speakers
avatar for David Siegel

David Siegel

David Siegel has been with the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Metro Fire Department since 1997. He is a lieutenant at Station 5 on East Mason Street, a paramedic and the science officer for the hazardous materials team. Previously, he worked as a biochemist after earning BS (1986) and MS (1989... Read More →


12:00pm

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets reading
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of poets and poetic heritage in the state, mentoring and supporting local poets with regular readings, workshops, conferences and other events, and advocating for the study of poetry in our schools. This reading will highlight the tremendous poetic heritage and talent in our great state! Hosted by Tori Grant Wellhouse.

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Craft talk: Building a great mystery
Henry James once said that plot was simply characters under stress. Mystery writers are masters of putting their characters through the wringer -- and sometimes laying them on the slab. Join three successful mystery authors in a light discussion on the dark arts of writing successful mysteries... and why it really is the best genre for fiction. Moderated by UWGB professor Vicki Medland.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the author of the international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. and 25 other languages.She is cofounder of the online writers commun... Read More →
avatar for Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day, author of Under a Dark Sky (forthcoming, August) The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour, is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and previously... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room B2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Injecting Humor in Your Writing
Specific tips and strategies for writers of all backgrounds to develop the funny bone in their work--whether fiction or nonfiction.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier currently teaches English 12 and AP Language & Composition to the best darn bunch of seniors at Freedom High School. In her spare time she’s an author, editor, mom of three boys, nature lover and member of the Screw Iowa Writers Workshop. Melissa’s novels include... Read More →


12:00pm

Multiple Mediums/Multiple Exits: Reinvigorating Writing & Craft Through Interdisciplinary Arts


In Zen Buddhism, the concept of shoshin, also known as "beginner's mind," refers to the lack of preconceptions and an attitude of openness that come with learning a new skill or subject for the first time. We're not here to talk about Buddhism, but we are here to talk about what happens when two writers expand their artistic mediums to include working with film, sound, comedy, and the visual arts. In this dialogue, writers Patricia Killelea and Monica McFawn share how moving beyond page-based writing re-introduces "beginner's mind," invigorating approaches to writing, storytelling, and lyricism.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Killelea

Patricia Killelea

Author of poetry collections Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, forthcoming) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press). Poems appear in cream city review, Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, Barzakh, As/Us, others. Experimental filmmaker: video-poems have been screened and/or listed for... Read More →
avatar for Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn

Monica McFawn's story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O'Connor Award and was named an NPR “Great Read” and a Michigan Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and other journals. She's also the... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

12:00pm

Sculpting Poetry
Poetry can be a challenge for even the most seasoned writers. Whether you’re already experienced in writing poetry and would like an interactive refresher, or if you are looking to get into poetry, this workshop will be a great first step. This workshop will lead writers to delve more deeply into structuring poems to make them more interesting, discuss sculpting poetry and care to stanza, and take a look at using sonnet form for the skeleton of a poem.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg

Nine collections of poetry, most recent WILD FRUITION: Sonnets, Spells, and Other Incantations as well as THE ALLELUIA TREE, WHO WALKS AMONG THE TREES WITH CHARITY, THE TENDERNESS OF MEMORY, etc. Hundreds of poems in national journals such as WISCONSIN REVIEW, FOX CRY REVIEW, SPOON... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

We Rise to Resist: Writing about the Dawn of a New Women's Political Movement
This panel presentation focuses on how a widely diverse group of 36 women from across the nation gathered to write a book of essays and interviews following the 2016 presidential election.

Speakers
avatar for Paula vW. Dáil

Paula vW. Dáil

Paula vW. Dáil, Ph.D. is an emerita research professor in Social Welfare and Public Policy. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was founding director of the Center for the Study of Poverty at Virginia Tech. Widely published in the social sciences, she is the author... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Janine p. Geske

Hon. Janine p. Geske

Justice Janine P. Geske serves as a distinguished professor of law at Marquette University Law School and as the director of the law school's Restorative Justice Initiative. She previously served as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1993 to 1998 and as a Milwaukee County... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center - Auditorium (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Writing about grief, violence, fear, and trauma
Writing personal stories (or fiction drawn from real life experiences) about trauma and grief is an incredibly intimate and vulnerable gift. This panel will look at the ethical and therapeutic issues of writing through our personal pain and why these survival stories are cathartic for both the author and the reader. Moderated by UWGB's Christine Smith.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Beese

Renee Beese

Renee Beese, noted Speaker, Author & Spoken Word Artist, draws us in with revealing confessions and profound human introspection. An artist of the soul, Renee locates the ping of dysfunction and invites the love and support we all crave.
avatar for Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra is a lecturer at UW-Green Bay where she teaches creative writing and English composition. As a recovering procrastinator, she’s certain that the process of writing is a great philosophy for most difficult tasks in work and life. Tara’s writing has appeared in such places... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed

Author
Born and raised in rural Northwestern Ontario, catholic yet following the traditional ways of the Ojibway, Vicky is daughter to Louis and Margaret Meawasige. She left Canada at 25 to forge her own path in the US. Vicky found love, challenges and contentment in the arms of her husband... Read More →
avatar for Gayle Rosengren

Gayle Rosengren

As a girl, books were among Gayle’s best friends and inspired her dream of writing for children someday--a dream that only grew stronger over the years. She attended Knox College and graduated with honors in Creative Writing. Her first book, What the Moon Said (Putnam 2014) was... Read More →
avatar for Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with twenty-five years of teaching experience. HELLO?, her debut realistic contemporary YA novel, is set in Door County, Wisconsin and was published by Spencer Hill Press, NY. It was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel and was on Milwaukee... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A4 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Writing workshop: Crafting powerful fiction
Reserve your tickets in this workshop by using our free ticketing system.

Feeling stumped or stagnant? Have an idea, but don’t know where to start? Not a “writing from ideas” kind of writer? In this workshop we’ll explore ways of tricking ourselves into writing. We’ll create language banks, dig up gluts of memory, and then hunt for the narrative hiding in these resources. We’ll also look at writers who have developed unique methods of generating work and mimic these efforts at spinning raw material into stories.

Our scheduling tool is merely to help you organize your UntitledTown personal schedule and does not guarantee you a place in any presentation, workshop, or session. Because we know this will be a popular event, we've allowed you to guarantee your spot here using our free ticketing system. This is first come, first served and registrants names and email addresses will be shared with the author.

Reserve your tickets in this workshop by using our free ticketing system.

Speakers
avatar for Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It is forthcoming from FSG Originals (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in August 2017.  Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife (Dzanc Books), named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Letters about Literature Awards
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
The 2017-18 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
YWCA 230 S. Madison St., Green Bay, WI 54301

12:00pm

Drop in Writing Workshop
Have you been working on a story, novel beginning or poem that you want some fresh eyes to look at and give thoughtful opinions? Are you willing to be the first reader on someone's brave work and new hopeful novel or poem? The Drop In Writing Workshop will be an open flow "Word Aquarium" for writers who are interested in sharing their drafts with new friends and giving their own feedback in return.

Come with no more than 10 pages of prose, double spaced, or five poems, and a pen or pencil. Make sure that the copies you bring aren't your only copies, as participants will be encouraged to add annotations to the works they give feedback and responses to. 

12:00pm

Writing from Workshop 52: Dan Chaon writing workshop
Dan Chaon, famed author and NYTimes Bestseller, returns to UntitledTown for a second year and brings his creative pedagogy for crafting fiction, poetry and any creative work, developed with cartoonist Lynda Barry.

This workshop is free but attendees must reserve their spot via our free ticketing service on EventBrite. Attendees without tickets may be allowed to join as space permits.

The workshop is not for any one genre —We encourage any writers or artists who seek to add narratives to their work to attend. “Artists who have always thought about adding a narrative element to their work, fiction writers who are struggling with ideas — they think they want to write fiction, but don’t know how to get a story started — or people that want to write memoir but don’t think their life is interesting enough. I think all three of these are covered — fiction, nonfiction, the graphic novelist,” said author Dean Bakopoulos said.

“A lot of workshops like this; you go to; and maybe you have a really good time, but it’s not ultimately that useful, or it’s really useful but it’s not that enjoyable … and it really feels like a class you’re taking and you have to force yourself to pay attention,” said author Alissa Nutting said. “This is one of the rare times where it’s so fun, but it’s so useful. Workshops of theirs that I’ve been to, I still use things that I learned. I’m excited to get more tricks.”

Space is limited to 40 participants -- come prepared with a notebook and several black Flair pens. Work is done with manual writing -- no laptops! This workshop is free but all participants must reserve their spot via EventBrite.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and... Read More →


12:30pm

Book signing with Liam Callanan
Liam Callanan will be conducting a 30 minute signing of his latest novel,  Paris by the Book at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies of Liam's books on hand for purchase at the fair. 

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1:00pm

Book signing with Peter Geye
Peter Geye will be conducting a 30 minute book signing of his 3 critically acclaimed novels, Safe From the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering.  The Reader's Loft will copies of Peter's books on hand for purchase at the book fair. 

Speakers
avatar for Peter Geye

Peter Geye

Peter Geye is the award winning author of Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering. He holds and MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He's a regular teaching artist at The Loft. He was born... Read More →


2:00pm

Literary Lounge series - Nick Jaina
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.He has toured the world over the last decade, releasing several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City.Get It While You Can is his first book, an... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2:00pm

Book signing with Patricia Skalka
Patircia will be signing books at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Dave Cubiak series will be availabe for purchase on site through the Reader's Loft book stand.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →


2:00pm

Come sit with me: Podcasting enthusiasts connect for coffee
This unmoderated lunch session will allow podcasters and their fans to connect for coffee, chat and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gots

Jason Gots

Jason writes, podcasts, and talks about big ideas in the real world and in fiction, for children and adults. Jason's the creator/host of the top 15 iTunes podcast Think Again, one of iTunes’ Best Podcasts of 2015 and #2 among INC's "7 Podcasts to Help You Think Differently in 2... Read More →
avatar for Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister is the author of the novels How to Be Safe and The Young Widower's Handbook, as well as the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey. He is the non-fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and co-host of the Book Fight! podcast. His shorter work has been published most recently in The Rumpus... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

2:00pm

Dr. Seuss Activity Stations
​​​​Join the Brown County Librarians for a flurry of Dr. Seuss activity sessions that will be a hit for kids of all ages.
  • Lorax Project:  Plant seeds to take home and other Earth Day activities.  
  • McElligot’s Pool:  Fish for letters to spell words with our magnetic fishing rods.
  • Oobleck-making: Gooey, green non-Newtonian slime!  
  • 500 Hats craft project
  • Yertle:  Meet and learn about a real pet turtle. 
  • Drink pink ink:  OK, it’s pink lemonade.  
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2 Highjinx:  You can’t fly a kite in the library, but you can drop “helicopters” from the second floor balcony.  
  • Hop on Pop: Or, on bubblewrap
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Use a zip line to send Dr. Seuss characters on a wild adventure!

2:00pm

Middle grade writer's reading
Middle grade authors are celebrated and applauded -- readers can sign up to read and share their work to a supportive audience of family, friends and fans.

To participate as a reader, please give us your (or your child's) information here. It is crucial that you include a working email address or we can't contact you to give you details about the event! We will inform all potential readers of their acceptance by April 15. We have limited space and timeslots.

2:00pm

Youth Writing Workshop and/or Beginning writers' workshop: "WRITING THE STORIES FROM OUR LIVES"
Space is limited. Reserve your writer's place at this workshop by using our free ticketing system here.

This workshop will dig into the mine shaft of memory, assisting participants  as they unearth and write the stories of their lives. In a casual, relaxed and noncompetitive atmosphere, beginning and/or teenage writers will learn about the creative nonfiction writing process: where our stories come from;  story structure-- writing beginnings that "hook" the reader, middles and effective endings; development of the writer's unique voice; using vivid description;  silencing the inner critic, etc. Handouts will be provided.

Sched is merely a personal agenda-making tool. It does not guarantee you a place in the workshop. To reserve your space, please use our free ticketing system here.


Speakers
avatar for Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford spent a decade working for civil and human rights in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and sixties. She is a professional writer, documentary artist, writing instructor and oral historian. As a Writing Circle facilitator, she encourages the creative process... Read More →


2:00pm

Looking at your script from the producer's perspective
While screenwriters should always focus on creating compelling characters and dialogue, there are other things that need to be taken into account. In this session, we’ll be breaking down scripts and discussing exactly how much a specific scene costs to shoot. Learn how to look at your script with a producer’s eye in order to make it more appealing and sellable.

Speakers
avatar for Kat Abbott

Kat Abbott

Kat worked in the entertainment industry for 5+ years on everything from Emmy-winning TV shows to feature films to independent short films. While she’s done every crew position behind the camera, her favorites are key set costumer and assistant director. She currently resides in... Read More →


2:00pm

Pitch What's True: Savvy Nonfiction Book Proposals
Speakers
avatar for Sharon Woodhouse

Sharon Woodhouse

Sharon Woodhouse, owner of Everything Goes Media, LLC (www.everythinggoesmedia.com), is a book publisher, publishing consultant, author, and coach. She has directly counseled and coached hundreds of small business owners, solo professionals, creatives, authors, publishers, and job-changers... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2:00pm

Self-publishing: Do I or don't I?
Not sure if you want to follow the traditional publishing route? Five authors give you some real world advice from the trenches.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Harlan Challe

Mark Harlan Challe

Mark Harlan is an author and high school teacher who uses his unique perspective on students to defy social norms and conventions in his writings. Mark strives to help every student reach their full potential while understanding that each student comes from different backgrounds that... Read More →
avatar for Ted Prokash

Ted Prokash

Ted Prokash is the author of three novels on Joyless House Publishing: A Fool for Lesser Things (2011), The Brothers Connolly (2015) and Journey to the Center of the Dream (2016). His fourth book, Napawaupee County Blues is due for publication by Expat Press in 2018. Ted curates... Read More →
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski wrote his first novel in 2007. Inspired by the beautiful fall foliage of northern Wisconsin, he used the backdrop to craft a tale of love between two men in a small town. From there, Lee continued writing stories featuring gay protagonists. In the last few years, he shifted... Read More →
avatar for Christine Reynebeau

Christine Reynebeau

I am from Green Bay, WI and first published starting in 2014. I am an indie publisher, work in youth development, and am actively involved in my community. I am always looking for the next challenge!
avatar for Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center - Room 5AB (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

WordPress for Writers
Are you ready to blog? Do you have a WordPress website, but want to take it to the next level? Adjunct Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Terra L. Fletcher can help you publish, add images, and make wise design decisions for your website. Learn the basics of social media integration, how to write for the web, and design a simple writer’s website. Terra will overcome web publishing misconceptions, demonstrate best practices, and share her favorite WordPress secrets.

Requirements: Familiarity with web browsers, email, and the Internet in general. Designed for those with little or no web publishing or design experience, to basic WordPress familiarity.

Speakers
avatar for Terra Fletcher

Terra Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher is currently writing a nonfiction book on communication. She has presented 100+ workshops, panels, and classes on communication. Terra is an instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, teaches at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and was awarded Entrepreneur... Read More →


2:00pm

"Imagine wanting only this" with Kristen Radtke
Green Bay-born Kristen Radtke is drawn to decaying places. She'll talk about what inspires her to write, why she works in the graphic novel medium, and how images of the Peshtigo Fire reveal a deeper human story. Author reading with signing to follow -- books will be available for purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the art director and New York editor of The Believer magazine.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room B2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

A Matter of Facts; The Tom Monfils Case Revisited
This talk unveils recent efforts to exonerate the six convicted men in the Tom Monfils case and the findings that support their innocence.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Treppa

Joan Treppa

Joan Treppa is a wife, mother, social justice advocate for the wrongfully convicted, and award winning Minnesota author. She champions for the release of the six men convicted in the 1992 death of paper mill worker Tom Monfils and has become a strong voice for their families whom... Read More →


2:00pm

America's Jails: The search for human dignity
Speakers
avatar for Derek Jeffreys

Derek Jeffreys

Derek S. Jeffreys is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, where he teaches courses in Humanities and Philosophy.  His research focuses on ethics and violence.  He has published books on John Paul II, ethics and torture and ethics and solitary... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center - Auditorium (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Author reading and signing: Karen Dionne
Karen Dionne reads from her latest work, The Marsh King's Daughter with author signing to follow.

“Subtle, brilliant, and mature . . . as good as a thriller can be.” — The New York Times Book Review
” . . . a nail-biter perfect for Room fans.” — Cosmopolitan
“Spine-tingling.” — People
"Sensationally good psychological suspense--I loved this book."-- Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

Speakers
avatar for Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the author of the international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. and 25 other languages.She is cofounder of the online writers commun... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Author reading and signing: Liam Callanan
Author Liam Callanan reads from his latest novel "Paris By The Book" with author signing to follow.

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Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room B1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Bringing Hope: A disaster relief journey
Hear from Debbie, an American Red Cross Volunteer, and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at why and what it took for her to write her memoir, as well as what it is really like being an American Red Cross volunteer during 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy. In addition to these insights, you will also get to hear the story of Debbie’s close call with being in violation with the NFL and the Geneva Convention, as well as her disagreement and conversation with Mike Wallace from 60 minutes. During this session, you will have fun, learn, and be informed.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie McKinney

Debbie McKinney

Debbie McKinney is an accidental author, convinced to share the journals of her American Red Cross volunteer experiences after 9/11 in Washington, D.C., Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, and Hurricane Sandy in New York. She grew up and began her twenty years of volunteering in Milwaukee... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A1 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Journeys into the Ice Age
For fans of Ice Age creatures and history buffs alike, this is a family-friendly event for kids and adults alike, featuring a reading from the novel Journeys; An Ice Age Adventure and the chance to create your very own mastodon!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Fox

Tim Fox

I am the author of two Wisconsin-based books for kids from 8 to 80! JOURNEYS; AN ICE AGE ADVENTURE chronicles the trip of two young brothers back to Wisconsin's Ice Age. A PLACE FOR YOU follows the adventures of a young girl and her adopted cat in a wooded canyon near their home... Read More →


2:00pm

What Happens in Vegas: Writers from UNLV English Program
They come from the city known for its sin -- the contingent from UNLV's English creative writing program and Black Mountain Institute will bring works forged under the neon lights and in the desert heat to warm the frozen tundra. 

Speakers
avatar for Carrieann Cahall

Carrieann Cahall

Carrieann Cahall received her BA in English and Film from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction. She is a reader for the Black Mountain Institute’s Witness literary magazine, and serves on boards for both UNLV’s Neon Lit and Emerging... Read More →
avatar for Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience. He seeks to shed light where few look, or look long enough, to uncover... Read More →
avatar for Joe Milan Jr.

Joe Milan Jr.

Joe Milan Jr. is a writer who teaches. Most of his stories and essays take place in South Korea, where half of his family is from and he lived for nine years. Currently, he is a Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow in Fiction at UNLV. Wonderful places like The LA Review of Books, Broad... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Oswald

Oscar Oswald

I am a Black Mountain PhD Fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where I am completing a degree in English and Creative Writing. I am also the Poetry Editor of Witness. My poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Wimmer

Wendy Wimmer

Vice President, UntitledTown
Wendy Wimmer is Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow in Fiction at UNLV. A renowned blogger, arts activist, and the assistant fiction editor for Witness literary journal, as well as a fiction reader for Barrelhouse. Wendy’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, AWP Intro... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Where Art and History Meet - Historical Fiction
Learn the seven key elements to all historical fiction writing. This session will outline the importance of historical fiction, how it's crafted, and how PBS has made this genre popular through programs like Poldark, Victoria, and Wolf Hall.

Speakers
avatar for Rex Owens

Rex Owens

Rex Owens published his first historical novel, Murphy’s Troubles, in November 2013 and his second novel, Out of Darkness, by CK Books Publishing June 2015. His third novel in the Ian Murphy series will be published in March 2018 by Henschel Haus Publishing. His fiction explores... Read More →


2:00pm

Wintering and The Lighthouse Road with Peter Geye
"Peter Geye writes with the mesmerizing power of the snowstorms that so often come howling off Lake Superior. I am in awe of how he swirls through so many years and juggles so many characters, all of them unforgettable and weighed down by secrets and regrets and desires that burn through the hoarfrost of Geye's bristling sentences."-- Benjamin Percy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Geye

Peter Geye

Peter Geye is the award winning author of Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering. He holds and MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He's a regular teaching artist at The Loft. He was born... Read More →


2:00pm

"I can't even right now" --dealing with Writer's Block
Is it writer's block or procrastination -- or is non-writing time actually required and productive? These panelists will explore tips and tricks for working through writer's block and also why not writing is sometimes the best answer. Moderated by author Vive Griffith.

Speakers
avatar for Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra is a lecturer at UW-Green Bay where she teaches creative writing and English composition. As a recovering procrastinator, she’s certain that the process of writing is a great philosophy for most difficult tasks in work and life. Tara’s writing has appeared in such places... Read More →
avatar for Mike Eserkaln

Mike Eserkaln

Mike has been teaching and performing improvisational comedy for over 25 years. He's also written a couple of books (Cards with the Devil, and The Continuing Adventures of Byron and Bing... a majority of these books were written in Kavarna while sipping coffee), a number of full-length... Read More →
avatar for Ami Irmen

Ami Irmen

Faculty, Kishwaukee College
Ami Irmen has been teaching Composition, Developmental English, and Creative Writing at Kishwaukee College since 2009. She believes in globalizing her classroom, providing diverse readings, all while keeping costs low for students.
avatar for Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It is forthcoming from FSG Originals (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in August 2017.  Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife (Dzanc Books), named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Roach

Caitlin Roach

Caitlin Roach is a poet from California. She earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost Fellow and recipient of a Postgraduate Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2017, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
KI Convention Center Room A4 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Building a Fantastic Critique Group
It is crucial to apply craft to the widest ability and readership possible, and exploring how to give and receive vital critique, not criticism, of our work helps authors envision how work will be received before publication. A critique group provides opportunity to test drive work.

Self-editing prior to sending out work for agents or publishers proves an author's dedication to craft.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of the Chicago... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
YWCA 230 S. Madison St., Green Bay, WI 54301

2:00pm

Kid Lit How to Write for young audience
A lively panel of successful children's authors share their wisdom on what's working, what's not working and how to write for this very special group of readers without pandering or dumbing down the story. Moderated by Wendy McClure

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica’s motto is: Adventure first, then write! When not running around exploring nature and chasing after two smaller versions of herself, she also…feeds the bunny. Somehow in there she has found time to author the award winning children’s book, The Golden Rule, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Lora Hyler

Lora Hyler

Founder & CEO, Glendale, Wisconsin
Lora Hyler is an award-winning former radio journalist, television commentator, executive speechwriter, and manager at media and utility companies. She currently serves as CEO of her 16-year-old public relations and marketing company, Hyler Communications. She has written hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure is an author, a columnist, and a children’s book editor.  She is the author of  The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Triechel

Eliot Triechel

Eliot Treichel is the author of the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers, which received the Oregon Book Award’s Readers Choice Award and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award. His first book, the story collection Close Is... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade fantasy series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her next MG series, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →
avatar for Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with twenty-five years of teaching experience. HELLO?, her debut realistic contemporary YA novel, is set in Door County, Wisconsin and was published by Spencer Hill Press, NY. It was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel and was on Milwaukee... Read More →


2:00pm

Drop in Writing Workshop
Have you been working on a story, novel beginning or poem that you want some fresh eyes to look at and give thoughtful opinions? Are you willing to be the first reader on someone's brave work and new hopeful novel or poem? The Drop In Writing Workshop will be an open flow "Word Aquarium" for writers who are interested in sharing their drafts with new friends and giving their own feedback in return.

Come with no more than 10 pages of prose, double spaced, or five poems, and a pen or pencil. Make sure that the copies you bring aren't your only copies, as participants will be encouraged to add annotations to the works they give feedback and responses to. 

2:30pm

Literary Lounge series - Emilie Lindemann
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Emilie Lindemann

Associate Professor, Silverlake College
Emilie Lindemann's debut collection, mother-mailbox (Misty Publications, 2016), uses epistles, persona poems, and prose poems to explore pregnancy, miscarriage, and early motherhood. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Small Adult Trees/Small Adulteries and Queen... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2:30pm

Book signing with Jon Kerstetter
Jon Kerstetter will be conducting a 30 minute signing of his book, Crossings: a Doctor-Soldier's Story at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies of Jon's book on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
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Jon Kerstetter

JON KERSTETTER received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He practiced emergency medicine and military medicine, serving as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the US Army National Guard... Read More →


3:00pm

Literary Lounge series - Jennie Jones
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Jennie Jones

Full time MFA student and martial artist extraordinaire, part time writer, and paranormal romance novel connoisseur.


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

3:00pm

Book singing with Hillary Jordan
Hillary Jordan will be conducting a 30 minute book signing of her books Mudbound and When She Woke at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
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Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short "Aftermirth," all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Her stories have been translated into twelve languages.Mudbound won the 2006 Bellwether Prize, founded by... Read More →


3:30pm

Literary Lounge series - Paul Wiegel
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Paul Wiegel

Paul Wiegel is originally from Green Bay but now lives and writes from his home near the Fox River in Berlin, WI. He has been writing and performing on-demand poems as a “street poet” on his 1957 Smith Corona manual typewriter for passersby at art galleries, farmers' markets... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

3:30pm

Book signing with Michael Perry
Michael Perry will be conducting a 30 minute signing of ALL his books at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Reader's Loft have Michael's books on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles... Read More →


4:00pm

Literary Lounge series - Renee Beese
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Renee Beese

Renee Beese, noted Speaker, Author & Spoken Word Artist, draws us in with revealing confessions and profound human introspection. An artist of the soul, Renee locates the ping of dysfunction and invites the love and support we all crave.


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

4:00pm

Book signing with Karen Dionne
Karen Dionne will be conducting a 30 minute book signing of her book, The Marsh King's Daughter at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies of Karen's book on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
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Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the author of the international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. and 25 other languages.She is cofounder of the online writers commun... Read More →


4:00pm

Strange bedfellows— Coalitions among communities, businesses, writing, and arts
Authors and arts management panelists will talk about the intersection of literary arts and the community.  Moderated by Write On! Door County's Jerod Santek

Speakers
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Terra Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher is currently writing a nonfiction book on communication. She has presented 100+ workshops, panels, and classes on communication. Terra is an instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, teaches at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and was awarded Entrepreneur... Read More →
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José Orduña

José Orduña was born in Córdoba, Veracruz and immigrated to Chicago when he was two years old. He received an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His work explores the ways power has determined his and others' existence as racialized subjects of the... Read More →
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Ellen Rosewall

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
Ellen Rosewall is Professor and Chair of Arts Management and the author of three books: Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2013), Arts and Cultural Management: Critical and Seminal Sources (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Sparkle Island: Stories of Love... Read More →
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Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →


4:00pm

To Be Continued... What It Takes To Write A Successful Series
Did you ever wonder how authors craft their series, keep everything straight, and remember what came before? Authors Angie Stanton, Kelly Risser, and Valerie Biel share the secrets behind their successful series and the challenges an author faces when continuing a beloved story line.

Speakers
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Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a public relations professional as well as the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series, stories of magic steeped in the Celtic mythology of Ireland’s ancient stone circles. She holds a degree in Journalism (Public Relations/Broadcast News) and Political... Read More →
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Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and education.When not immersed... Read More →
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Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

4:00pm

Author reading and signing: Dan Chaon
Details to be announced soon

Speakers
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Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and... Read More →


4:00pm

Mudbound: A discussion with Hillary Jordan

Speakers
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Hillary Jordan

Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short "Aftermirth," all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Her stories have been translated into twelve languages.Mudbound won the 2006 Bellwether Prize, founded by... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
KI Convention Center - Room 5AB (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

4:00pm

Women's roles in the church: Early perspectives on motherhood
What is the connection between motherhood and self-sacrifice in the church narrative? Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Elkins will speak from her current non-fiction book exploring the role of women in the church.

Speakers
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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Elkins

Kathleen Gallagher Elkins is Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. In 2013, she completed her doctoral studies in New Testament & Early Christianity at Drew University, with a concentration in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her forthcoming book, Mary... Read More →


4:00pm

Drop in Writing Workshop
Have you been working on a story, novel beginning or poem that you want some fresh eyes to look at and give thoughtful opinions? Are you willing to be the first reader on someone's brave work and new hopeful novel or poem? The Drop In Writing Workshop will be an open flow "Word Aquarium" for writers who are interested in sharing their drafts with new friends and giving their own feedback in return.

Come with no more than 10 pages of prose, double spaced, or five poems, and a pen or pencil. Make sure that the copies you bring aren't your only copies, as participants will be encouraged to add annotations to the works they give feedback and responses to. 

4:00pm

Embracing Failure
Interactive workshop (you'll be up and moving around) teaching some of the basics of improvisation to improve your writing. Using the concept of celebrating failure to realize that there is no such thing as "failing" just new ideas you didn't expect.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Eserkaln

Mike Eserkaln

Mike has been teaching and performing improvisational comedy for over 25 years. He's also written a couple of books (Cards with the Devil, and The Continuing Adventures of Byron and Bing... a majority of these books were written in Kavarna while sipping coffee), a number of full-length... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
YWCA 230 S. Madison St., Green Bay, WI 54301

4:00pm

So You Think You Want to Write a Young Adult Novel
Some might argue that a YA novel is simply a novel with a young adult protagonist. But is that it? Could YA be nothing more than a marketing label? This presentation will attempt to navigate some of the differences between YA and adult fiction. In addition to looking at the differences that occur on the page, this talk will explore the differing motivations for writing YA vs. adult fiction, and how to determine which genre might be right for you as a writer.

Speakers
avatar for Eliot Triechel

Eliot Triechel

Eliot Treichel is the author of the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers, which received the Oregon Book Award’s Readers Choice Award and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award. His first book, the story collection Close Is... Read More →


4:00pm

Sunshine & Rainbows: Imagining a More Beautiful World through Poetry
Three emerging talented writers offer a unique perspective on the power of the written word to change the status quo and bring forward camaraderie in the grace of endurance.


Speakers
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Carrieann Cahall

Carrieann Cahall received her BA in English and Film from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction. She is a reader for the Black Mountain Institute’s Witness literary magazine, and serves on boards for both UNLV’s Neon Lit and Emerging... Read More →
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Frank Johnson

An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience. He seeks to shed light where few look, or look long enough, to uncover... Read More →
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Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell is a Las Vegas native, currently at UNLV. His work has appeared in the Desert Companion, as well as the Nevada Humanities' Las Vegas Writes Project Back To Where You Once Belonged, covering topics from police racial profiling to the effects of place on communities... Read More →


4:00pm

The Worst Writing Advice I ever got
The problem with being a writer is that everyone thinks they know how to do it better. Panelists reveal all the "good advice" they've received over the years that turned out to be the very worst advice ever. Moderated by UWGB's David Coury.

Speakers
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Christi Craig

Christi Craig works as a sign language interpreter by day and moonlights as a writer, teacher, and editor. She teaches online courses, including two on flash nonfiction that focus on story principles, structure, and technique. She is a volunteer instructor for the Creative Writing... Read More →
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Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.He has toured the world over the last decade, releasing several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City.Get It While You Can is his first book, an... Read More →
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Jennie Jones

Full time MFA student and martial artist extraordinaire, part time writer, and paranormal romance novel connoisseur.
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Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley’s fifth novel, "Searching for Celia," was published by Bold Strokes Books in New York in 2015. The GBLTQ mystery/thriller was chosen as one of “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads” by The Advocate, while Lambda Literary described it as “a riveting tale of identity... Read More →


4:00pm

Using Scrivener to Power Your Book
Scrivener is a software program for writers that aids in the development, organization, composition, and formatting of any project, from fiction to nonfiction to screenplays. Come learn how this software can enhance and streamline your writing.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. In writing Between Earth and Sky, she has drawn on the experiences of a close relative, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe, who survived an Indian mission school in the 1950s. Between Earth and Sky is Amanda's first... Read More →


4:00pm

Workshop: Time Travel Secrets for Historical Nonfiction Writers

Too often history books get a bad rap. Boring! Yawn! Snore! Don’t let that happen to your book.
You have spent months (maybe years) researching a historical person or event. You have an army of facts and a unique and persuasive thesis. Now the challenge is to write a book that will transport readers back in time instead of putting them to sleep.
In this workshop, we’ll explore and practice creative writing strategies to achieve the following:
• Hook the reader with powerful openings that include character, conflict, and momentum.
• Communicate facts and arguments through vivid writing and specific details in order to bring history to life.
We’ll dissect different types of historical nonfiction including picture books, educational text, and narrative nonfiction. If participants have a current project, they should bring some research notes and a draft of their work, but this is not necessary. Everyone will be provided with a historical document and have the opportunity to apply each writing strategy we discuss.

Speakers
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Judy Dodge Cummings

As a veteran teacher of 26 years, Judy Dodge Cummings knows what kind of historybooks put kids to sleep. As the author of 20 nonfiction books for children and teens,Judy’s goal is to write stories that not only wake young readers up, but also transportthem back in time. She’s... Read More →


4:00pm

High School Writers Reading
Young lungs expand this town! Share your truth in this guided public performance celebrating high school authors and their work. Readers must apply and submit samples of their work and will be selected and notified by April 15 of their acceptance to this performance. Public is welcome to join the audience for what will be a moving and inspirational afternoon with UntitledTown's rising stars!

The authors who will read their work are:


Graci Schomaker, Freedom High School
Amber Westergaard, West Green Bay High School
Kaya Halverson, East Green Bay High School
Nick Parins, Northland Pines High School
Henry Holtien, Renaissance High School

This reading will be emceed by noted author Sandra Shackelford.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival sponsored by Breakthrough Fuel & Crystal Clear Resources celebrates all aspects of book culture. This four day festival is held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will promote all aspects of book culture including publishing, the writing craft, the joys of reading and literacy and performative aspects such as paper making, public author signings and performances and poetry combined with dance. Over the course of four days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a book expo showcasing local, regional, and national publishers and their books.


Learn more about UntitledTown Book and Author Festival and check out the 150+ events, panels and workshops happening April 19-22nd atwww.untitledtown.org.


Speakers
avatar for Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford spent a decade working for civil and human rights in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and sixties. She is a professional writer, documentary artist, writing instructor and oral historian. As a Writing Circle facilitator, she encourages the creative process... Read More →


4:30pm

Literary Lounge series - Patricia Killelea
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Patricia Killelea

Author of poetry collections Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, forthcoming) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press). Poems appear in cream city review, Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, Barzakh, As/Us, others. Experimental filmmaker: video-poems have been screened and/or listed for... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 4:50pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

5:00pm

Literary Lounge series - Thomas Davis
The Literary Lounge series will feature area authors and their work in a casual wine lounge atmosphere. Authors will read from their work and be available for signing copies of their book afterward.

Speakers
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Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis has had five books published, including his epic poem, The Weirding, A Dragon Epic by Bennison Books and Sustaining the Forest, the People, and the Spirit by State University of New York (SUNY) Press, and three novels. He has also edited three magazines, one anthology... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

5:30pm

Literary Lounge - Sheepshead Pop Up Reading
Join the Sheepshead Review readers for an energetic college reading in our Literary Lounge!

Saturday April 21, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Aardvark Wine Lounge 304 South Pine Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

6:00pm

Romance Book Bingo
Calling all Readers! Local romance authors Stacey Joy Netzel and PJ Fiala, joined by Val Clarizio and S.C. Mitchell, are hosting an hour of Romance Book Bingo, because we can all use more love and books in our lives. Come join us for the fun, the romance, the camaraderie, the chocolate (mmmm), and of course, the books, and other prizes! Space limited to the first 100 readers. 

Speakers
avatar for PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala has enjoyed many careers in her lifetime. But, she’s finally found her favorite and final career putting lovable characters through their paces and dreaming up fantastic worlds for them to live in, all while learning and sharing marketing strategies, writing and social... Read More →
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Stacey Joy Netzel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after (Ever After being a favorite). She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some cats. In her limited free time she enjoys hiking, canning fresh... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
KI Convention Center - Auditorium (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301

7:00pm

An evening with Roxane Gay
Information to get tickets for this event will be posted on March 20th.

Reserved seating with priority access to the author signing line are available with a $30 donation to UntitledTown per seat. To make a donation and secure your reserved seat, go here.

General Admission free seating tickets must be reserved through this link.

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
We recommend that all audience members are ages 12 and over. There will be a concessions area with alcoholic beverages available to those of legal drinking age.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available on the street and at the Main Street parking ramp. Additional parking is available in nearby lots and at the Hyatt Regency lot for guests of the hotel.
Will I be able to have my book signed?
The author is able to sign a small number of books for approximately 45 minutes after the reading. The author will at most be able to sign 300 books during that time. This venue seats 1250 people, so we will be prioritizing the book signings to the people who have made a donation to UntitledTown for a reserved seat in the front of the venue. The author will sign as many books as she can during her singing time, but obviously will not be able to sign a book for all 1250 people in 45 minutes -- if an autograph is important to you, we highly recommend reserving a seat at the very budget friendly price of $30 per person.
What can I bring into the event?
You may bring your own books to be signed, as well as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a concessions stand offering a variety of beverages including alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine. Additionally there will be a small number of books available for purchase from The Reader's Loft on premises but you are not required to buy a book.
Flash photography and recording is not permitted.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We will be happy to answer questions through our website -- check there for answers first!
What's the refund policy?
Your full refund will be honored until 7 days prior to the event.

Speakers
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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb... Read More →


8:00pm

Storycatchers Live
Join us for a live storytelling event where members of the community become storytellers sharing (mostly) true stories, surrounding the theme: ‘Stranger than Fiction.' You DO NOT need to tell a story to join in the fun! After all, a story isn’t a story without someone to tell it to.

We want your wild, weird, ‘you’re not going to believe this’ stories.  The stories about the fantastic failures or flops that you couldn’t have made up, or those spine tingling moments where the universe aligned in ways you never imagined. Have fun with this! The theme is loose and shouldn’t constrain you. All stories must be (mostly) true and be told within 5 minutes but the rest, including format and style are up to you! Story submissions or any questions can be sent to tara@storycatcherscommunity.com
Storycatchers is a nonprofit with a mission to create community through shared story space, believing we all have stories to tell.

This is a community live storytelling event where 10 to 15 community storytellers take to the stage to share personal stories around a given topic. Adding to the fun, the night of the event a few names are drawn to share a story as well. Storycatchers Live events are just as much about the listeners as they are the tellers. The space that's created at these events is truly magic.



Speakers
avatar for Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte (Storycatchers founder), is a published poet, author and award-winning blogger.  Her latest stand-alone work is a collection of essays and poetry surrounding motherhood called: Dreamcatcher.  She holds a master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00pm - 10:15pm
KI Convention Center - Room 5AB (Breakout Area) 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301
 
Sunday, April 22
 

10:00am

Kids poetry workshop and reading
Students will write works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction with master youth workshop leader and poet Frank Johnson. At the end of the session, they can share their work in a literary reading on the stage for a generous and supportive audience.

Because this workshop has limited space, we are asking participants to register on a first come, first served basis through EventBrite. This workshop is FREE but must use our registration process to reserve a space and when it is full, will go to a waiting list.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This workshop is limited to young poets who are age 8 or higher. We find that most poets over the age of 12 may be more comfortable in one of the middle grade workshops.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring your favorite notebook and a few pens and pencils. Food and drink is not allowed inside the auditorium however there is a water fountain and a vending machine area/cafeteria within the facility.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience. He seeks to shed light where few look, or look long enough, to uncover... Read More →


10:00am

Advice from Published Authors (ask them anything)
You want to be published but not sure how to do it? These seasoned veterans are ready to take your questions. Moderated by UWGB's creative writing professor Dr. Rebecca Meacham.

Speakers
avatar for PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala has enjoyed many careers in her lifetime. But, she’s finally found her favorite and final career putting lovable characters through their paces and dreaming up fantastic worlds for them to live in, all while learning and sharing marketing strategies, writing and social... Read More →
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Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day, author of Under a Dark Sky (forthcoming, August) The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour, is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and previously... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →
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Rhonda Strehlow

Rhonda Strehlow three published books: Second Act, Separate Lives, and One More Night, witha fourth, Crystal Moon, scheduled for release later this year. The first book is a stand-alone. Thesubsequent books are part of the Horton Auction series. Rhonda has been attending auctionsmost... Read More →
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Denise Sweet

Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught Humanistic Studies, Creative Writing, and First Nations Studies for the UW-System. She served as the second Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin, has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various... Read More →


10:00am

What to Expect When You're Expecting. You got the call! Now what?
From contract negotiations, to editorial letters, and first pass pages, what should you expect as you travel the exciting, sometimes treacherous journey from receiving the call until your book birthday months or years later? We will cover this and much more as you learn the role of your agent after the contract ink dries, what to do if you disagree with your editor, and what your publicist really does.

Angie Stanton, the bestselling author of nine novels, has worked with three publishing houses, six editors, two publicists, one agent, and has kept her sense of humor. When you sign on the dotted line with your new publisher, it’s a love fest, but navigating through uncharted waters can be stressful. Hear first hand behind the scenes stories that will prepare you for when it’s your turn.


Speakers
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Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


10:00am

A Detective and a Killer Walk into a Bar
Talk with novelist and crime-thriller writer Janson Mancheski about writing gripping fiction.

Speakers
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Janson Mancheski

I write fiction of all types. Mostly novels and screenplays. In 2009, I published my first novel The Chemist, a crime thriller set in Green Bay, featuring detective Cale Van Waring. It won 1st place in a national fiction contest. I wrote two more books in the series after that. My... Read More →


10:00am

Author reading and signing: Wendy McClure
Wendy McClure is the author of the Wanderville series, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, and several other books for adults and children. She is a Senior Editor at Albert Whitman and Company, where she acquires and edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. She will be talking about The Wilder Life and also will highlight her work for children as well.

Speakers
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Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure is an author, a columnist, and a children’s book editor.  She is the author of  The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from... Read More →


10:00am

Over the Rainbow: importance of Gay Characters in Books
Why do stories always have a knight rescuing the princess? Why can't the knight rescue a prince or a miller's son or even a lowly squire? This presentation will explore the importance of having gay protagonists in books, and discuss how stories portraying gay men in a positive light can be vibrant and entertaining for readers.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski wrote his first novel in 2007. Inspired by the beautiful fall foliage of northern Wisconsin, he used the backdrop to craft a tale of love between two men in a small town. From there, Lee continued writing stories featuring gay protagonists. In the last few years, he shifted... Read More →


10:00am

Writing Blood Quantum: Who is "Native" and Who Gets to Decide?
Blood quantum, i.e, "what fraction Native you are", as the requirement for tribal belonging, is not sustainable over time. In a world where Native people are "marrying out" and having children outside of their tribe and/or their ethnic group, questions like 'What does it mean to be Native? and Who gets to decide" have become political lightning rods. To approach such a historically and politically-charged topic, Ratteree and Hill have edited a volume, "The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations" (Fulcrum Publishing Sept. 2017), that celebrates Native and indigenous perspectives from across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Through essays, personal stories, case studies, satire, and poetry, these writers explore the biological and cultural metaphor of blood quantum, the most critical issue facing indigenous populations in the 21st century.

Speakers are:
Norbert Hill, Jr (Oneida) Director of Education for the Oneida Nation, retired
Artley Skenandore (Oneida), Principal of Oneida High School
Tesia Zientek (Potawatomi), Education Director, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Kathleen Ratteree , moderator.



Norbert is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and is the Area Director of Education and Training for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. Hill’s previous appointment was Vice President of the College of Menominee Nation for their Green Bay campus. Hill served as the executive director of the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) in New Mexico, a nonprofit organization providing funding for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue graduate and professional degrees. Previous positions include: the executive director of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, assistant dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Green
Bay, and director of the American Indian Educational Opportunity Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He founded Winds of Change and The American Indian Graduate, magazine, publications of AISES and AIGC respectively. Hill holds two honorary doctorates from Clarkson University (1996) and Cumberland College (1994). Past board appointments include Environmental Defense Fund, chair and board member of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 1989, Hill was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

Tesia Zientek is a Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member. With financial help from a
prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, she graduated magna cum laude from the University
of Notre Dame in 2009 with her Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduation, Tesia spent two
years teaching and running an afterschool program in Puerto Rico before pursuing her passion
for education through graduate study. In 2013, she graduated with her Master of Arts in
Education Policy from Stanford University. To celebrate her educational achievements, Tesia
has received the Howard Yackus Memorial Award and the NextGen 30 Under 30. In October
2015, she became the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s first Director for its new Education
Department, which aims to help tribal members identify and reach their educational goals. Since
2012, Tesia has also served as Potawatomi Leadership Program Advisor, helping to restructure
and implement curriculum for the Harvard Honoring Nations Award-winning internship
program.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Ratteree

Kathleen Ratteree

Since 2013, Kathleen has worked with Sustain Oneida, a subcommittee of the Oneida Nation Trust and Enrollment Committee since 2013. This grassroots group facilitates constructive community dialogue on tribal enrollment criteria (i.e., blood quantum). She has written a series of articles... Read More →



10:00am

Dark magic— Writing fantasy for YA and adults
Four young adult novelists will discuss their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable characters who happen to be teenagers and happen to be oh, yeah, living in a fantasy world.  You'll learn about the key ingredients that make a YA fantasy novel shine (or sparkle) and the mistake that some less successful novelists make in their quest to be the next Suzanne Collins or JK Rowling.  Moderated by UWGB's medieval, Arthurian and Anglo-saxon literature specialist, Dr. Stefan Hall. 

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica’s motto is: Adventure first, then write! When not running around exploring nature and chasing after two smaller versions of herself, she also…feeds the bunny. Somehow in there she has found time to author the award winning children’s book, The Golden Rule, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a public relations professional as well as the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series, stories of magic steeped in the Celtic mythology of Ireland’s ancient stone circles. She holds a degree in Journalism (Public Relations/Broadcast News) and Political... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and education.When not immersed... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade fantasy series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her next MG series, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

10:00am

Dissecting the writing process and the importance of a writers group
A panel of published and non published (yet) writers who will engage the audience with inspiration and motivation to continue their path of writing. This panel will be comprised of the following local authors:

Jean Baxter
Dorothy Seehausen
Vicky Reed
Nancy Sweetland


Speakers
avatar for Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed

Author
Born and raised in rural Northwestern Ontario, catholic yet following the traditional ways of the Ojibway, Vicky is daughter to Louis and Margaret Meawasige. She left Canada at 25 to forge her own path in the US. Vicky found love, challenges and contentment in the arms of her husband... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Sweetland

Nancy Sweetland

Writing ever since getting her first rejection at age 13, Nancy Sweetland has published articles, juvenile poetry, stories, picture and chapter books.  She has published over 100 adult short stories, three romance novels, three mystery novels and has won over 40 regional and national... Read More →



10:00am

Flash Nonfiction: the Art of the Short Essay
In this workshop, we will explore key aspects of flash nonfiction, such as beginnings & endings, the power of details, memoir vs. the memoir essay (there is a difference!). We will read examples of published works, talk about strategies for crafting a very short essay, and put pen to paper--because we learn best when we engage with the page! Writers will leave with a general knowledge of the genre, resources for further study, and the bare bones of a first draft.

Speakers
avatar for Christi Craig

Christi Craig

Christi Craig works as a sign language interpreter by day and moonlights as a writer, teacher, and editor. She teaches online courses, including two on flash nonfiction that focus on story principles, structure, and technique. She is a volunteer instructor for the Creative Writing... Read More →


10:00am

Panel Discussion: Social justice and writing to change the world
Society evolves through its stories -- and storytellers have long been the greatest teachers of empathy. This panel will look at ways that they incorporate and weave their work to try to make the world a better place. Moderated by UWGB's chair of women's studies Christine Smith.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth has a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in Wisconsin Academy Review, Wis. People and Ideas, Midwest Prairie Review, SOUNDINGS: Door County in Poetry, Poeming Pigeons, Fox Cry Review, Peninsula Pulse, The... Read More →
avatar for José Orduña

José Orduña

José Orduña was born in Córdoba, Veracruz and immigrated to Chicago when he was two years old. He received an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His work explores the ways power has determined his and others' existence as racialized subjects of the... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Rosewall

Ellen Rosewall

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
Ellen Rosewall is Professor and Chair of Arts Management and the author of three books: Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2013), Arts and Cultural Management: Critical and Seminal Sources (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Sparkle Island: Stories of Love... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry: 200 Nights and One Day, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, Justice Freedom Herbs, and Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. Her Pushcart Prize nominated essay “Community Inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford

Sandra Shackelford spent a decade working for civil and human rights in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and sixties. She is a professional writer, documentary artist, writing instructor and oral historian. As a Writing Circle facilitator, she encourages the creative process... Read More →


10:00am

The Writer's Workout: The Athletics of Writing
As a serious high school gymnast and a somewhat committed college pole vaulter, Amanda Zieba prepared for life as a writer through her athletic training. The dedication, long hours of practice, help from coaches, time management, and goal setting strategies paved the way for many successful author work habits. In this presentation, learn practical strategies and resources, and leave feeling like you will achieve your writing goals.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba

Amanda Zieba is a self proclaimed word nerd, middle school teacher and author of 7 books. She is also the creator of the monthly online writing community Story Seedlings. You can connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amandazieba/ or via her website. www.amandazieb... Read More →


10:00am

Brunch with a sneezing cow: Michael Perry
New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host Michael Perry who returns to UntitledTown with a new batch of humorous and heartfelt stories based on his life in rural Wisconsin. This special farm brunch will be a very special event for our UntitledTown citizens, so we are trying to convince him to wear a clean shirt. Well, a shirt anyway.  

As Perry's many loyal fans in Wisconsin will attest, he also a spot-on entertainer. This special brunch will be served and as you digest, Perry will entertain you with stories from the heart and the heartland, with a signing to follow.

Last year, Perry's event was standing room only, so get your tickets and/or reserve a full table and invite your friends to this amazing event -- brunch buffet and non-alcoholic beverages will be included in the ticket price and unlike the usual down home breakfast on the Perry farm, a cash bar will be also available.  Books and CDs will be available.

Tickets for this fundraiser to support UntitledTown's future programming are available here for $50 per person. They will go on sale on March 20 at 10 am Central Time.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Perry

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
Gather On Broadway 139 North Broadway, Green Bay, Wisconsin

11:30am

Book signing with Wendy McClure
Wendy McClure will be conducting a 30 minute signing of her various novels and nonfiction titles for both children and adults! The Reader's Loft will have copies of Wendy's books on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure

Wendy McClure is an author, a columnist, and a children’s book editor.  She is the author of  The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, which won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from... Read More →


11:30am

Author reading and signing: Caitlin Roach
Join us for a Poetry Sunday exclusive reading with 2017 Best New Poet anthologized writer Caitlin Roach who will read from her latest works with signing to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Roach

Caitlin Roach

Caitlin Roach is a poet from California. She earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost Fellow and recipient of a Postgraduate Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2017, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review... Read More →


12:00pm

Book signing with Angie Stanton
Angie Stanton will be conducting a 30 minute book signing at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Reader's Loft will have copies on hand of Angie's book for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


12:00pm

Papermaking and bookbinding workshop
Join children's librarian Gretchen Swadley (and Denise McFarlin of Solid Learning Foundation) as they teach you how to repurpose paper scraps to make handmade paper. Learn a simple book binding technique so you can make a book to store your own stories.  This workshop is perfect for all ages and no experience is necessary.  All materials provided, you may get wet, wear tennis shoes! Equipment provided by the Paper Discovery Center.

12:00pm

Dr. Seuss Activity Stations
​​​​Join the Brown County Librarians for a flurry of Dr. Seuss activity sessions that will be a hit for kids of all ages.
  • Lorax Project:  Plant seeds to take home and other Earth Day activities.  
  • McElligot’s Pool:  Fish for letters to spell words with our magnetic fishing rods.
  • Oobleck-making: Gooey, green non-Newtonian slime!  
  • 500 Hats craft project
  • Yertle:  Meet and learn about a real pet turtle. 
  • Drink pink ink:  OK, it’s pink lemonade.  
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2 Highjinx:  You can’t fly a kite in the library, but you can drop “helicopters” from the second floor balcony.  
  • Hop on Pop: Or, on bubblewrap
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Use a zip line to send Dr. Seuss characters on a wild adventure!

12:00pm

Write On! A fiction writing workshop for Middle Schoolers
Using a familiar story as an example, writers in this workshop will identify the protagonist, conflict, plot, theme and climax, and work through the writing process. Free registration! Reserve your child's spot!

Speakers
avatar for Gayle Rosengren

Gayle Rosengren

As a girl, books were among Gayle’s best friends and inspired her dream of writing for children someday--a dream that only grew stronger over the years. She attended Knox College and graduated with honors in Creative Writing. Her first book, What the Moon Said (Putnam 2014) was... Read More →


12:00pm

Editors' panel: Why we publish what we publish and how to get noticed
Ever wonder if there's a secret trick to getting your work published in top literary journals and markets? Editors from The Onion, Witness literary journal, Sheepshead Review, and more give you a peek behind the scenes (or the submission's page) for what they're looking for in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and more -- plus a tip on examples of what they're really looking for. Moderated by Becky Syens Barnard, online editor for Barrelhouse.

Speakers
avatar for David Dewane

David Dewane

David is an architect, entrepreneur, journalist, and educator. He is co-founder and president of Mouse Books and editor in chief of Impact Design Hub. David has a background in ecologically and socially equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum... Read More →
avatar for Sara Ladwig

Sara Ladwig

Sara Ladwig is currently a student at University of Wisconsin—Green Bay, pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. When not writing, reading, or working, Sara can often be found with other members of Sheepshead Review, her campus' journal of the arts. Her... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Luchs

Kurt Luchs

Kurt Luchs has written humor all of his life for nearly every medium. He has contributed to such prominent humor outlets as the Onion, the New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among many others.His work has been represented in most of the Onion books, including Our Dumb... Read More →
avatar for A.L. Mundt

A.L. Mundt

A.L. Mundt has been putting stories to paper since she was just three years old. Admittedly, though, they weren’t any good back then. Now a full-time, pizza-guzzling college student, she studies creative writing and frequently authors in St. Norbert College’s Graphos. A love for... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Oswald

Oscar Oswald

I am a Black Mountain PhD Fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where I am completing a degree in English and Creative Writing. I am also the Poetry Editor of Witness. My poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Wimmer

Wendy Wimmer

Vice President, UntitledTown
Wendy Wimmer is Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow in Fiction at UNLV. A renowned blogger, arts activist, and the assistant fiction editor for Witness literary journal, as well as a fiction reader for Barrelhouse. Wendy’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, AWP Intro... Read More →


12:00pm

How to Write Your Book Proposal
If you think writing a book proposal is just as simple as describing the book, then you definitely need to attend this panel discussion where authors who have been there will walk you through the crucial details that take you from proposal to publication. Moderated by Rebecca Meacham.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Dauplaise

Mike Dauplaise

Mike is a freelance writer, author and marketing consultant. His career spans nearly 40 years in the newspaper, financial services and corporate communications fields. Mike has expertise in a variety of print and video formats, including annual reports, press releases, web text, feature... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Groessl

Bonnie Groessl

Bonnie Groessl is a best-selling author, international podcast host and success coach. She is recognized as an expert in helping people attain their goals by focusing on clarity, mindset and identifying the most effective ways to achieve desired outcomes. Bonnie works with individuals... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of the Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Meacham

Rebecca Meacham

Rebecca Meacham’s debut story collection, LET'S DO, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction from UNT Press and was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Rebecca’s flash fiction chapbook, MORBID CURIOSITIES, won the 2013-14 New Delta Review Chapbook... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley

Elizabeth Ridley’s fifth novel, "Searching for Celia," was published by Bold Strokes Books in New York in 2015. The GBLTQ mystery/thriller was chosen as one of “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads” by The Advocate, while Lambda Literary described it as “a riveting tale of identity... Read More →
avatar for Larry Scheckel

Larry Scheckel

science teacher, Tomah High School-retired
Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin and attended a one-room country school. Larry started a teaching career in 1972 and retired, along with wife, Ann, in 2010. Larry Scheckel has been named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, and... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Woodhouse

Sharon Woodhouse

Sharon Woodhouse, owner of Everything Goes Media, LLC (www.everythinggoesmedia.com), is a book publisher, publishing consultant, author, and coach. She has directly counseled and coached hundreds of small business owners, solo professionals, creatives, authors, publishers, and job-changers... Read More →


12:00pm

College Writer Reading
Join some of the state's best and brightest emerging writers as they share their poetry, fiction, and memoir. Authors who are currently enrolled in a college, either undergrad or graduate level, are welcome to sign up to be a reader here.

If you are interested in being a reader, please sign up here.


12:00pm

Wisconsin as a character in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
Fiction has three main elements - Plotting, character and setting. But here in Wisconsin, sometimes the setting becomes a character on its own. These authors will talk about how critical the state of Wisconsin is to their work and what makes Wisconsin so special on the page. Moderated by UWGB's David Voelker.

Speakers
avatar for Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy

Professor Christi Clancy specializes in suburban literature, eco-criticism, and creative writing pedagogy. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories and many other publications, including, most recently, the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Joe Rein

Joe Rein

Joseph Rein is the author of Roads without Houses (Press 53). His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in over twenty journals and anthologies worldwide, and have been nominated for numerous literary awards. He is also an accomplished screenwriter of award-winning short... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Death Rides the Ferry, the fourth volume, is scheduled for... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Triechel

Eliot Triechel

Eliot Treichel is the author of the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers, which received the Oregon Book Award’s Readers Choice Award and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award. His first book, the story collection Close Is... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier

Melissa Westemeier currently teaches English 12 and AP Language & Composition to the best darn bunch of seniors at Freedom High School. In her spare time she’s an author, editor, mom of three boys, nature lover and member of the Screw Iowa Writers Workshop. Melissa’s novels include... Read More →


12:00pm

A Kids' Tale: Writing to Transform the World
By age 18, Katie Eder had founded her own nonprofit devoted children's writing. In this presentation, the Founder and Executive Director of Kids Tales describes how her organization brings creative writing workshops to 8 to 12 year old kids around the globe who do not have access to writing experiences outside of school. Katie is the youngest person on the International Literacy Association’s 2015 global 30 under 30 list of people under age 30 who are changing global literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Eder

Katie Eder

Katie Eder is the eighteen-year-old Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Kids Tales. Kids Tales brings creative writing workshops, taught be teens, to kids who do not have access to writing experiences outside of school. During a Kids Tales workshop, kids write a short... Read More →


12:00pm

Come sit with me: Graphic novel authors and readers connect for coffee and lunch
This unmoderated lunch session will allow graphic novelists and enthusiasts to connect for coffee, chat and more.

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

12:00pm

Come sit with me: Historical non-fiction authors and readers connect for coffee and lunch
This unmoderated lunch session will allow historical non-fiction writers and enthusiasts to connect for coffee, chat and more.

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

12:00pm

Come sit with me: Horror/Paranormal authors and readers connect for coffee and lunch
This unmoderated lunch session will allow horror and paranormal writers and enthusiasts to connect for coffee, chat and more.

Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Kavarna Coffeehouse 143 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA

12:00pm

Creating hybrid forms (graphic novels, memoirs, blogging, podcasting, book arts, musicals, etc)
Never judge a book by its cover and never judge a literary art by the lack of a book. Panel discussion about all the things that aren't traditional book narratives, moderated by UWGB's own Bryan Carr.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Gahl

Kathryn Gahl

Kathryn Gahl, an award-winning poet and writer, is an Appleton Storycatcher, ballroom dancer, cook, writing coach, and friend to many. Her works appear in many literary journals and ekphrastic shows as well as in A Call to Nursing (Kaplan, 2009). A student of nutrition, fashion, and... Read More →
avatar for BJ Hollars

BJ Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently and From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human. In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, will be published Hollars serves as a mentor... Read More →
avatar for Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte (Storycatchers founder), is a published poet, author and award-winning blogger.  Her latest stand-alone work is a collection of essays and poetry surrounding motherhood called: Dreamcatcher.  She holds a master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy... Read More →


12:00pm

Creating Poetry from the Swirl of History
Writing poetry from complicated layers of history involves a fascinating process of sorting through archival documents including speeches, editorial cartoons, letters, and popular magazine stories. Learn about writing poetry through historical research from one of Wisconsin's most esteemed poets, Margaret Rozga.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry: 200 Nights and One Day, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, Justice Freedom Herbs, and Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. Her Pushcart Prize nominated essay “Community Inclusive... Read More →


12:00pm

How to Advocate with Poetry
Poets are the conscience of society. In this session, learn how to connect your passion with a cause or issue to ignite empathy, compassion and understanding with the reader or listener using the creative tools of poetry. We'll discuss why fresh images create “lightning in the soul that goes beyond the brain” (to quote Susan Cheever in American Bloomsbury). We'll also discuss the marketing of your message and the audience you intend to reach.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth

Annette Langlois Grunseth has a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in Wisconsin Academy Review, Wis. People and Ideas, Midwest Prairie Review, SOUNDINGS: Door County in Poetry, Poeming Pigeons, Fox Cry Review, Peninsula Pulse, The... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

12:00pm

Open Records Workshop
Open records laws can flesh out history and true crime by providing access to documents that have never been published or have not been seen by human eyes in decades. Learn how to access state and federal records and use them for your writing.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Schmitt

Gavin Schmitt

Gavin Schmitt has been recognized as the go-to expert for Wisconsin organized crime. His work appears in the books 'Milwaukee Mafia' and 'Shallow Grave' (among others), and he has been interviewed on radio, in newspapers, and as part of Mafia documentaries. He specializes in getting... Read More →


12:00pm

Writing Suspense for Fun and Profit
Mystery and suspense stories attract a large readership and sell big. Why? Because they keep readers turning pages and asking that all-important question: What happens next? Learn what makes these genres so addictive—and how to create the same effects in your own work.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day, author of Under a Dark Sky (forthcoming, August) The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour, is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and previously... Read More →


12:30pm

Book signing with Jac Jemc
Jac Jemc will be conducting a 30 minute signing of her books at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Reader's Loft will have copies of Jac's books on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc lives in Chicago. Her novel The Grip of It is forthcoming from FSG Originals (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in August 2017.  Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife (Dzanc Books), named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the... Read More →


1:00pm

Book signing with Amanda Skenandore
Amanda Skenandore will be conducting a 30 minute signing of her debut novel,  Between Earth and Sky at the UntitledTown book fair. The Reader's Loft will have copies of Amanda's books on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. In writing Between Earth and Sky, she has drawn on the experiences of a close relative, a member of the Ojibwe Tribe, who survived an Indian mission school in the 1950s. Between Earth and Sky is Amanda's first... Read More →


2:00pm

Book signing with Lori Rader-Day
Lori Rader-Day will be conducting a 30 minute signing of her books at the UntitledTown book fair.
The Reader's Loft will have copies of Lori's books on hand for purchase at the fair.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day, author of Under a Dark Sky (forthcoming, August) The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour, is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and previously... Read More →


2:00pm

John Dewey Academy of Learning Students reading/performance
Three high school students share their journey of self-publishing their first novel. They will discuss the writing process as well as detail the successes and struggles of using CreateSpace and Amazon to publish and sell their work.

2:00pm

Tales from the Wubbulous Hat Rack
Join the Brown County Librarians in the Youth library on first floor for a Dr Seuss program featuring a rack full of unusual hats—including The Cat’s – each with a participation story, action song, rhyme or tongue twister to go with it. 

2:00pm

How to Write for the Onion
The Onion is the most popular and esteemed humor publication in the world, still going strong after nearly three decades. It is also the starting point for countless comedy writing careers in television and film. This craft talk will focus on exactly how the Onion does what it does -- specifically, how to create concise, funny fake news headlines that are complete jokes in themselves, and which can then be turned into Onion news stories of any length. Plus, learn how writing for the Onion allows you to audition for any comedy writing gig in Hollywood.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Luchs

Kurt Luchs

Kurt Luchs has written humor all of his life for nearly every medium. He has contributed to such prominent humor outlets as the Onion, the New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among many others.His work has been represented in most of the Onion books, including Our Dumb... Read More →


2:00pm

Happiness and Christianity
The author of "Happiness and the Christian Moral Life" introduces attendees to Christian Ethics as a path to the "good place" and happiness rather than a strict set of rules. 

Speakers
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Paul Wadell

Paul J. Wadell is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books, including Happiness and the Christian Moral Life... Read More →


2:00pm

Molecular Me: Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution
Dr. Jason Fletcher, Professor of Public Affairs, Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses his book, "The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History and Our Future."

Speakers
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Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher is a Romnes Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to coming to UW in 2013, he held appointments at Yale University and Columbia University... Read More →


2:00pm

Poetry in a Postmodern World
Poets have always been necessary as the conscious of a community and emotional heart for society's underheard. In today's turbulent world, we need poetry more than ever -- but can it save us? Poets will talk about how to stay true to your work and create beautiful work while dealing with the realities of real life. Moderated by UWGB's David Coury.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Killelea

Patricia Killelea

Author of poetry collections Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, forthcoming) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press). Poems appear in cream city review, Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, Barzakh, As/Us, others. Experimental filmmaker: video-poems have been screened and/or listed for... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups (Salt 2011). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, and many other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the PhD program in Creative Writing... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Oswald

Oscar Oswald

I am a Black Mountain PhD Fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where I am completing a degree in English and Creative Writing. I am also the Poetry Editor of Witness. My poetry has appeared in the journals Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, Laurel Review, New... Read More →
avatar for Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg

Nine collections of poetry, most recent WILD FRUITION: Sonnets, Spells, and Other Incantations as well as THE ALLELUIA TREE, WHO WALKS AMONG THE TREES WITH CHARITY, THE TENDERNESS OF MEMORY, etc. Hundreds of poems in national journals such as WISCONSIN REVIEW, FOX CRY REVIEW, SPOON... Read More →


2:00pm

Pop Up Poetry: Street Writing For The People
Pop up/On Demand poetry has gained traction in recent years. A street poet was selected to be the writer in residence this past summer at Mall of America. All writers like timelessness, but we also like to see results. To see a writer take an idea from conception to meaning in ten minutes--no writer’s block allowed--is something all language lovers can appreciate. This session will discus pop up writing spaces and clarify their cultural and artistic importance, and attendees will write poems of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Wiegel

Paul Wiegel

Paul Wiegel is originally from Green Bay but now lives and writes from his home near the Fox River in Berlin, WI. He has been writing and performing on-demand poems as a “street poet” on his 1957 Smith Corona manual typewriter for passersby at art galleries, farmers' markets... Read More →


2:00pm

Wisconsin Writer's Invitational
Wisconsin authors take the stage to share the area's astounding literary talent. Hear our emerging authors speak from their hearts and from their latest work in a celebration of UntitledTown's literary heritage.



Speakers
avatar for Christi Clancy

Christi Clancy

Professor Christi Clancy specializes in suburban literature, eco-criticism, and creative writing pedagogy. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories and many other publications, including, most recently, the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Joe Rein

Joe Rein

Joseph Rein is the author of Roads without Houses (Press 53). His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in over twenty journals and anthologies worldwide, and have been nominated for numerous literary awards. He is also an accomplished screenwriter of award-winning short... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade fantasy series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her next MG series, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →


2:00pm

Beyond Game of Thrones Worldbuilding in SF and Fantasy
For scientists and wizards, world building is key to story in certain genres -- but do you start with the world or do you start with the characters and the plot? And when you're inventing a world, how much can you rely on another author's world as inspiration before it becomes outright copying? And at what point do you need to start drawing actual maps? This panel will attempt to answer the tough questions that center around the complicated effort of creating an entire universe -- or, you know, just an average day for an author. Moderated by Nichole Rued.

Speakers
avatar for Kat Abbott

Kat Abbott

Kat worked in the entertainment industry for 5+ years on everything from Emmy-winning TV shows to feature films to independent short films. While she’s done every crew position behind the camera, her favorites are key set costumer and assistant director. She currently resides in... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis has had five books published, including his epic poem, The Weirding, A Dragon Epic by Bennison Books and Sustaining the Forest, the People, and the Spirit by State University of New York (SUNY) Press, and three novels. He has also edited three magazines, one anthology... Read More →


2:00pm

The First Page W/Critique
We all know the importance of our manuscript's opening lines, but how can we tell when the first page is doing its job? In this breakout, we’ll begin with an overview of the “absolutely must haves," followed by group feedback for as many opening paragraphs/pages as time will allow. Participants are encouraged to bring the first (double-spaced) page of their manuscript.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Suhr

Kim Suhr

Director, Red Oak Writing
Kim Suhr is Director of Red Oak Writing, an organization that supports writers, ages teen through adult. In the summer, Kim leads Creative Writing Camps for youth: week-long experiences that provide participants with creative activities and nurturing community to make their writing... Read More →


2:00pm

Where to begin in Research
You've got big ideas for your next creative project but after spending a sleepless night in the Wikipedia rabbit hole, you're no closer to having the answers. These authors have been there. They'll discuss their strategies for deep dives into your research that make the most out of your available time while also being fruitful fodder for your novel, non-fiction or memoir project. Moderated by UWGB professor Vicki Medland.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Schmitt

Gavin Schmitt

Gavin Schmitt has been recognized as the go-to expert for Wisconsin organized crime. His work appears in the books 'Milwaukee Mafia' and 'Shallow Grave' (among others), and he has been interviewed on radio, in newspapers, and as part of Mafia documentaries. He specializes in getting... Read More →
avatar for David Siegel

David Siegel

David Siegel has been with the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Metro Fire Department since 1997. He is a lieutenant at Station 5 on East Mason Street, a paramedic and the science officer for the hazardous materials team. Previously, he worked as a biochemist after earning BS (1986) and MS (1989... Read More →
avatar for Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with twenty-five years of teaching experience. HELLO?, her debut realistic contemporary YA novel, is set in Door County, Wisconsin and was published by Spencer Hill Press, NY. It was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel and was on Milwaukee... Read More →


2:00pm

Workshop: Somewhere to Start When You Aren't Sure How
In this workshop, we'll discuss strategies to start turning an idea for a story or a character or a place into actual pages by exploring what we can know or learn. The goal is to create a document that can serve as a reminder or as inspiration during the stages of drafting actual text.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Magestro

Molly Magestro

A Green Bay native, teacher and writer Molly Ann Magestro now called eastern Montana home. She teaches writing and literature at Miles Community College in Miles City and writes every day. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, taught for the... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
St. Brendan's Inn - Waterford Room 234 South Washington Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2:00pm

Writing beginnings, middles, ends
We all know that beginnings and endings are tough to write. As if getting started wasn’t difficult enough—then you have to finish! In this course, we will discuss and practice techniques for finding compelling conclusions, and the introductions that trigger them. This panel discussion will include all genres. Moderated by UWGB's Jennie Young.

Speakers
avatar for Brittiany Koren

Brittiany Koren

Brittiany Koren, a 20+ year veteran in the publishing industry, launched Written Dreams in September of 2011. The company evolved from an editing company to a small publishing house. Brittiany Koren’s dream is to help writers believe in themselves, because believing in writers is... Read More →
avatar for Rex Owens

Rex Owens

Rex Owens published his first historical novel, Murphy’s Troubles, in November 2013 and his second novel, Out of Darkness, by CK Books Publishing June 2015. His third novel in the Ian Murphy series will be published in March 2018 by Henschel Haus Publishing. His fiction explores... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and education.When not immersed... Read More →
avatar for Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton

Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with a book in her hands and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


4:00pm

Author reading and signing: Denise Sweet
Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught Humanistic Studies, Creative Writing, and First Nations Studies for the UW-System. She served as the second Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin, has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various documentaries), and has given over 100 readings in North and Central America, Canada and Europe. Her books of poetry include Know By Heart (Rhiannon Press), Songs For Discharming (Greenfield Press), Days Of Obsidian, Days Of Grace (Poetry Harbor), and Nitaawichige (Poetry Harbor; the latter a four-author collection).

In 1998, Songs For Discharging won both the WI Posner Award for Poetry and the Diane Deborah Award - given by the North American Indigenous Writers Circle of the Americas. Sweet's poem Veteran’s Dance: After Oklahoma City took second place in the Sante Fe Indian Market’s 1st annual Poetry Competition. In 2006, the International Crane Foundation commissioned Sweet to author a poem for the organization, eventually titled, All The Animals Came Singing. Additionally, her poem Constellations is part of a permanent etched installation at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, WI. In 1998, Sweet was one of five North American tribal writers sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to attend the 1st Annual World Congress on Indigenous Literature of the Americas held in Guatemala City, GUATE.

In 2004, Gov. James Doyle appointed Sweet as WI’s Poet Laureate (4-year term); the 2nd laureate for the state and the first tribal state poet laureate for the U.S. Her works of poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals such as Cream City Review, Calyx, Akwekon, Sinister Wis-dom, Yellow Medicine Review, Yakhiko la’tuse? (“She Tells Us Stories”), Another Chicago Magazine, Recreating The Enemy’s Language (ed. Joy Harjo), Plainswoman, Returning The Gift (ed. Joseph Bruchac), Brave In The Face Of Danger (ed. Beth Brant), Traces In Blood, Bone And Stone: Ojibwa Poetry,Stories Migrating Home (ed. Kimberley Blaeser) and others. Palominos Near Tuba City and As Those With Faith Will Do are Sweet’s current works-in-progress.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Sweet

Denise Sweet

Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught Humanistic Studies, Creative Writing, and First Nations Studies for the UW-System. She served as the second Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin, has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various... Read More →


4:00pm

Book signing with Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore will be closing out the 2018 UntitledTown book fair author signing series with a 45 minute signing session. Meet Christopher Moore and get your books signed before the finale reading event! Special editions of his classic titles will be on hand for purchase from the Reader's Loft popup bookstore found at the book fair! 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck. His lastest novel, Secondhand Souls, will be released in August 2015.Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara... Read More →


4:00pm

We Think With Ink: Teaching (and Reaching) Young People Through Writing-Centered Instruction
The author of "We Think with Ink" describes different ways to get students' work into the hands of people outside the classroom. Learn how to address the subject of rejection, something all writers tend to dread, and discover a variety of ways to motivate young writers, including games and activities. Bring a pen and paper!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Leannah

Michael Leannah

Michael Leannah, a teacher in elementary and middle schools for more than 30 years, is the creator of We Think with Ink, a program for writing teachers. He is the author of Most People, an award-winning children's picture book, published in 2017 by Tilbury House. Two more of his picture... Read More →


4:00pm

Freelancing as a business
How to begin as a freelancer in business writing versus magazines and other entertainment, and how to make that a sustainable income while still finding time to read, write and edit what you love.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Martin

Marci Martin

I am a self-published author whose full-time gig is business writing. I began as a freelancer using bid sites and have expanded to becoming an S-Corp, doing regular marketing and landing such clients as LogMeIn, Praxis Consulting and federal contractors all over the world. As a mother... Read More →


4:00pm

Publishing Talk: Building your writer brand through social media
Marketing is a necessary tool for authors -- this distinguished panel of social media bon vivants will show you how to use channels like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat to build a readership that keeps coming back for more. Moderated by Kate Farley.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a public relations professional as well as the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series, stories of magic steeped in the Celtic mythology of Ireland’s ancient stone circles. She holds a degree in Journalism (Public Relations/Broadcast News) and Political... Read More →
avatar for Terra Fletcher

Terra Fletcher

Terra L. Fletcher is currently writing a nonfiction book on communication. She has presented 100+ workshops, panels, and classes on communication. Terra is an instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, teaches at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and was awarded Entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte

Tara Pohlkotte (Storycatchers founder), is a published poet, author and award-winning blogger.  Her latest stand-alone work is a collection of essays and poetry surrounding motherhood called: Dreamcatcher.  She holds a master’s degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy... Read More →


4:00pm

Self published romance
This successful duo talks about the upside and downside of self-publishing in the romance genre. 

Speakers
avatar for PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala has enjoyed many careers in her lifetime. But, she’s finally found her favorite and final career putting lovable characters through their paces and dreaming up fantastic worlds for them to live in, all while learning and sharing marketing strategies, writing and social... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Joy Netzel

Stacey Joy Netzel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after (Ever After being a favorite). She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a horse and some cats. In her limited free time she enjoys hiking, canning fresh... Read More →


4:00pm

Are You My Mother/Monster? Writing Motherhood/Parenthood
Writing about parenthood can be tricky. On the one hand, overly sentimental poems ring hollow. On the other, poems that put too fine a point on the hardships of parenthood can make the author feel like a monster, rather than a mother. This session discusses the topic of new motherhood and postpartum depression, considers the history of poems about motherhood and parenthood, and discusses strategies for writing and publishing successful poems on the topic.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups (Salt 2011). Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, and many other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the PhD program in Creative Writing... Read More →


4:00pm

Craft Talk: Danez Smith
National Book Award finalist and poet extraordinaire Danez Smith talks the real talk on poetry, success, craft, intersectionality and how poetry will help change the world. A must for word artists and spoken literati. 

Speakers
avatar for Danez Smith

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award & the Lambda Literary... Read More →


4:00pm

Poems as Letters to the World: a Workshop
With inspiration from a few contemporary examples and guidance from a series of prompts, participants will experiment with poems that address an inanimate object, element of nature, a celebrity or historical figure, or even the whole world.

Space is limited. Reserve your place in this workshop by using our free ticketing system that will guarantee you are able to join the event.

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Lindemann

Emilie Lindemann

Associate Professor, Silverlake College
Emilie Lindemann's debut collection, mother-mailbox (Misty Publications, 2016), uses epistles, persona poems, and prose poems to explore pregnancy, miscarriage, and early motherhood. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Small Adult Trees/Small Adulteries and Queen... Read More →


4:00pm

The Wild West of Artistic Dissemination
A session of reading and live music, as well as a discussion of how to come from far outside the literary establishment to establish a readership and, more importantly, find a community of authors, artists and other facilitators to lean on. Learn how independent or "outsider" artists can seize on the new opportunities presented by the age of social media and changing norms in the publishing industry.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Prokash

Ted Prokash

Ted Prokash is the author of three novels on Joyless House Publishing: A Fool for Lesser Things (2011), The Brothers Connolly (2015) and Journey to the Center of the Dream (2016). His fourth book, Napawaupee County Blues is due for publication by Expat Press in 2018. Ted curates... Read More →


4:00pm

Writing Facts Like Fiction: The Possibilities (and Pitfalls) of Writing Creative Nonfiction
How far can you bend the truth without breaking it? And how can you employ specific techniques to ensure that the truth you share is one readers are anxious to read? Join author and professor BJ Hollars for a craft talk on how to translate dry facts to riveting nonfiction.

Speakers
avatar for BJ Hollars

BJ Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently and From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human. In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, will be published Hollars serves as a mentor... Read More →


6:00pm

Bring in the Noise: Performing Written works of Frank Johnson
An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

An emerging poet from Las Vegas, Frank Johnson braids his hip-hop cultural roots into the landscape of his poetry, which explores the impossibility of defining oneself or one’s location in a place of transience. He seeks to shed light where few look, or look long enough, to uncover... Read More →


6:00pm

Workshop on Community Building through Crowdsourcing - Mouse books
Mouse Books launched as a publishing company through Kickstarter, raising $50k and 1,000 users in its first campaign. But Kickstarter isn't simply about raising money; it is about raising community. A growing pool of authors and creators is recognizing how to built communities that can provide ongoing support to support their work in more than just individual projects.

David Dewane will discuss the tools, tips and tricks that you can employ to crowdsource your next creative initiative.

Speakers
avatar for David Dewane

David Dewane

David is an architect, entrepreneur, journalist, and educator. He is co-founder and president of Mouse Books and editor in chief of Impact Design Hub. David has a background in ecologically and socially equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum... Read More →


6:00pm

An evening with Christopher Moore
Reserved seating with first access to the signing line will be offered to everyone who reserves a seat with a $30 donation to UntitledTown's future events. These tickets allow you to pick your seat for the event as well as have access to the author signing line. You can make the special $30 donation through this link only, which will allow you to select your seats and receive the special access to the author signing line.

To reserve your seat and make the special $30 donation per person, use this link.

Free tickets are also available through the general admission ticket reservation link. These tickets will offer general admission to the venue in first come, first served seating. Because the author signing time is limited, there is no guarantee that everyone with a general admission ticket will be able to talk to the author and/or have a book signed.

Everyone who enters the venue (whether with a free ticket or a reserved seating ticket) must have with them the print off of their ticket or the mobile version of the ticket on their smartphone. Attendees who do not have a ticket will be allowed to enter five minutes before curtain time. For this reason, we recommend that you are seated no later than ten minutes before curtain time.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
We recommend that all audience members are ages 12 and over. There will be a concessions area with alcoholic beverages available to those of legal drinking age.

Why do I need a ticket for this event?

We expect record crowds for this popular author and as such we need to manage first come, first served ticketing to ensure that we have enough seating to accommodate everyone. We are managing this by asking you to claim your tickets through this system and bring the ticket (either in print out or on your smartphone) to the door to show that you have reserved your space. Attendees who do not have tickets will be allowed to enter the venue if space allows approximately five minutes before the event starts. Because of this, we recommend that you plan to be seated at least ten minutes before the event begins.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available on the street and at the West High School parking lot.

Will I be able to have my book signed if I have a free ticket?
The author is able to sign a small number of books for approximately 45 minutes after the reading. The author will at most be able to sign 300 books during that time. This venue seats 1250 people, so we will be prioritizing the book signings to the people who have made a donation to UntitledTown for a reserved seat in the front of the venue. The author will sign as many books as he can during his signing time, but obviously will not be able to sign a book for all 1250 people in 45 minutes -- if an autograph is important to you, we highly recommend reserving a seat at the very budget friendly price of $30 per person through this link.

What can I bring into the event?

You may bring your own books to be signed, as well as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a concessions stand offering a variety of beverages including alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine. Additionally there will be a small number of books available for purchase from The Reader's Loft on premises but you are not required to buy a book.

Flash photography and recording is not permitted.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We will be happy to answer questions through our website -- check there for answers first!


 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck. His lastest novel, Secondhand Souls, will be released in August 2015.Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara... Read More →


6:30pm

An evening with Danez Smith
Tickets for this event are available here at 10 am on March 20th.

One of the most vibrant poetic voices in our time, Smith takes on the big questions with verve, power, and beauty: race and identity, our bloody history and its unrelenting legacy, the erotic as liberation and muse.

Watch Danez take the stage in this vibrant video!

Speakers
avatar for Danez Smith

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award & the Lambda Literary... Read More →


 


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