Literary Hook: Last call for contest entries; literary getaway June 9-10

Last call for entries for the Rock River Poetry and Prose Contest! A $100 prize will be awarded for poetry and prose, and honorable mentions will be published in The Rock River Times. Send one to five unpublished poems, or one to three short prose (story, essay, memoir), SASE, cover sheet and $10 by June 1 to Rock River Poetry/Prose Contest, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101.

Looking for an interesting literary getaway not too far from home? Did you know the Wisconsin Writers Conference will be in Baraboo, Wis., this June? The University of Wisconsin, Baraboo/Sauk County will host the Wisconsin Writers Conference June 9-10. The one-and-a-half-day conference focuses on regional writers and is open to anyone, particularly teachers and writers.

I will be giving three presentations there: The Teacher as Writer, A Reading from Contemporary Poetry and A Reading from Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity.

Following are other samplings from the conference:

James P. Roberts, Wisconsin in Fantasy and Science Fiction;

Richard Boudreau, Wisconsin Writers of the ’30s and ’40s;

Jean Tobin, Wisconsin Poets, Creativity and the Poetic Mind;

John Ingram, reading from his poems about climate change;

Tom Montag, reading from his poems and prose of the farm; and

Kelly Dwyer, reading from her novel, Circus World.

Wisconsin has always been known as a grassroots state when it comes to literary arts. The state has always recognized the voices of the land, blue-collar voices, farmers and farm wives. This conference is a good example of the grassroots movement.

The conference is very affordable. For all sessions, two lunches and the Friday banquet, the cost is $75. However, you can elect just one day at $35 or $25, if you choose. The Best Western is also offering reduced rates for anyone who wants to spend the night.

For more information or to register, call (608) 355-5234 or use the Web site at Maybe I’ll see you there!

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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