Fall 2020 Sheepshead Review

Sheepshead Review Makes its Mark on the World with Fall Issue Launch, Dec. 9

Green Bay, Wis.—After many in-person classes were moved online, the Sheepshead Review staff was scattered across Wisconsin, leaving editor in chief, Morgan Johnson, the challenge of creating staff relationships virtually.

Despite the obstacles, the Sheepshead Review staff will launch its Fall 2020 issue at a virtual event on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. The Sheepshead Review is UW-Green Bay students’ journal of art and literature.

With much of the year rapidly changing, advisor and Prof. Rebecca Meacham said she found the 2020 fall semester to be the most challenging of the 18 years she’s advised the journal.

“Morgan and I worked this summer to ensure every student on staff had access and felt involved,” Meacham said. “They’ve worked really hard, and it shows. We’re thrilled to share this issue’s powerful art and words with the larger community on campus and worldwide.”

Sheepshead Review, Fall 2020
Sheepshead Review, Fall 2020

Along with sharing the issue, the launch event will introduce a new crowdsourced “Make Your Mark” feature for readers and contributors to see how vast the Sheepshead Review community is. Readers from places like Napa, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Pecs, Hungary; and Seoul, South Korea have already voiced their praise for the journal. See the interactive map.

Johnson gives some insight on what new and exciting things to expect of the journal itself. “The theme of community is sprinkled throughout everything we did this semester. In our call for subs we asked people to submit pieces exploring how 2020 has shaped human connections, networks, pods, neighborhoods, bedfellows, groups, and gatherings.”

Attend the virtual launch party Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. by RSVPing.

About the Sheepshead Review

The Sheepshead Review was first put into publication in 1975 and featured works of creative writing as well as visual arts. Staffed, designed and edited entirely by undergraduates, the journal produces two international, full-color issues each year.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

Press Release submitted by Elizabeth Asmus.


Sheepshead Review deadline extended; UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students can submit

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s journal of art and literature, Sheepshead Review has extended its deadline for submissions to Sunday, Oct. 11 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The journal is accepting submissions for fiction, nonfiction, visual arts and poetry. For the first time ever, they are also accepting digital media! You may use programs such as Twine, YouTube, or Google maps as ways to tell your story in an immersive way. Students, faculty, and staff from all four UW-Green Bay campuses can submit, as well as the general public and high school students. For more information and to submit, please visit sheepsheadreview.com.



Join the Launch Party for Sheepshead Review, Wednesday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m.

Sheepshead Review will celebrate the first-ever virtual issue (the print edition will be available in Fall) in a first-ever virtual launch via Zoom. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and lasts about 1 hour. The Spring 2020 issues features a layout based on a tarot-card theme, as well as the Rising Phoenix contest winners (UWGB students only) in Fiction, Nonfiction, Visual Arts, and Poetry, all judged by “celebrity” writers and artists—as well as nearly 100+ more pages of amazing art, poetry, and prose. Alongside UWGB students, the issue features established, emerging, and high school artists and writers, from all over the world.

The launch party will feature Spring 2020 contributors reading and talking about their work. Editors and staff will also talk about their favorite pieces, and how they made this historic issue despite the pandemic and campus closure. We hope to welcome our Rising Phoenix judges as well.

All members of the public, but to ensure everything runs smoothly via Zoom and to monitor attendance, guests are asked to RSVP to Publicity Director Rianna Kubly at kublrm24@uwgb.edu by 2 p.m., May 6 to receive the party link. 

Sheepshead Review deadline extended

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Sheepshead Review Journal has extended its deadline for submissions to Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. This extension applies to the fiction, nonfiction, and visual arts genres. There is also a duality theme for this edition of the journal, which is also accepting submissions through this extended deadline. Students, faculty, and staff from all four UW-Green Bay campuses can submit, as well as the general public and high school students.

To submit, please go to Submittable.

In review: UntitledTown an unprecedented success

More than 2,000 people attended the first-ever UntitledTown Book and Author Festival April 28-30, 2017. The organizers, many of whom are associated with UW-Green Bay, say the 80-event festival was a tremendous success. From writer’s workshops, bookbinding classes and panel discussions to author readings, book signings, the launch of UW-Green Bay’s literary journal, The Sheepshead Review, and more, every event met or exceeded attendance expectations, including the Festival’s final keynote presentations by acclaimed authors Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood, which were attended by more than 1,200. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has the story.

Margaret Atwood praised the event on Twitter to her 1.56 million followers and State Representative Eric Genrich shared his gratitude on Facebook.

“It’s an incredibly well-organized event and there’s such a range of author activities and writing activities,” raved Eileen Madded, an Evanston, Illinois bookbinder who spoke on Sunday, as reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s really impressive for a first time out.”

“I am delighted, but not entirely surprised, by the demonstrated hunger for reading, writing and making community connections here in Northeastern Wisconsin,” one of the event organizers Prof. Rebecca Meacham said about the event.

“This event is a huge opportunity for the area — for Wisconsin — for local authors to network and get their name out there,” said English Creative Writing student Robert Zeise in a CW 14 interview.

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Untitled Town 2017

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UntitledTown ‘exceeded expectations’

“The city turned the final page Sunday on its first-ever UntitledTown book and author festival — and organizers (many of them associated with UW-Green Bay), speakers and attendees are calling it a success. The weekend-long festival drew thousands to various downtown locations with more than 80 events including writer’s workshops, bookbinding classes, panel discussions, author readings, book signings and more. Organizers say every literary event met or exceeded attendance expectations, including the festival’s final keynote presentations by acclaimed authors Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood, which were attended by more than 1,200.” The Green Bay Press-Gazette has the story.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival features many UW-Green Bay campus community members


An inaugural festival uniting readers with authors, writers, publishers, podcasters and philosophers will feature many members of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus community.

The “UntitledTown Book and Author Festival,” April 28-30, downtown Green Bay, will bring together people of all ages and abilities to share their stories and celebrate the community’s love of reading. The Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than seventy readings, discussions, panels, workshops and other events of interest to writers and readers, including a book expo.

Campus community members presenting during the Festival include founding member of the Board of Directors and Festival Chair Prof. Rebecca Meacham (English, Humanistic Studies and Women’s Studies), Assistant Director of Archives and Area Research Center Deb Anderson, English Composition and Writing Center Instructor Nichole Rued and Continuing Education and Community Engagement Lecturer Tara DaPra. Students involved in the coordination of the Festival include Eric Jorgenson, Kelsey Langlitz and Corey Reed. The student-run Sheepshead Review Journal of the Arts will launch its spring issue at the book fair during the Festival.

The Alumni Association is a sponsor and several alumni are participating in the Festival. Lisa Fay Coutley, Casey Thayer and Grant Cousineau are presenting. Founding board members and festival planners include Wendy Wimmer Schuchart and Brian Simons. Morgan Moran (Bloohm) is marketing the event with the Karma Group. Ami Irmen, Nick Reilly and Amy Casey (Harter) are among the bloggers for the UntitledTown Blog.

Confirmed Festival venues include the Brown County Library, Titletown Brewery’s Larsen Room, The Meyer Theatre Backstage, Kavarna Coffeehouse, the KI Center, St. Brendan’s Inn and Old Fort Square, with more to come. A complimentary UntitledTown trolley will be available for attendees to access each venue easily. Nearly every event is free and open to the public.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will host a public Press Conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 on the main level of the Brown County Central Library.

Q&As will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 30 at the Titletown Tap Room and 1 p.m. April 15 at the Reader’s Loft. The Reader’s Loft Q&A session will award free swag bags filled with books to the first 15 attendees. Each session is free and open to the public.

For more information, follow UntitledTown Book and Author Festival on:
Twitter @untitledtowngb
Instagram @untitledtown
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/untitledtown/
Or visit UntitledTown.org

Students advance in essay contest

Congratulations to students Erica Hainz, Boyana Mercer and Jennifer Skinner who have been selected as UW-Green Bay’s finalists in the 11th annual Liberal Arts Essay Competition sponsored by System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA). Each student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester, and have their work entered into a pool of essays from across the UW System for the next level of competition. Their essays will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of Sheepshead Review.

Published poet Coutley, a UW-Green Bay alumna, returns for reading

Lisa-Faye-CoutleyAward-winning poet and educator Lisa Fay Coutley returns to her undergraduate alma mater, UW-Green Bay, for a reading and question-and-answer session on Monday, Oct. 26.

The program, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union, located on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Coutley is an assistant professor of creative writing and poetry at Snow College in Utah. In January 2016, she will relocate to Eugene, Ore., for a half-year assignment as a visiting professor with the poetry and creative writing program at the University of Oregon.

Coutley will read from works including her debut poetry collection, Errata, published earlier this year by Southern Illinois University Press.

The author describes Errata as exploring the delicate balance between parent and child, love and loss, hope and grief. The collection deals with the lingering consequences of abuse and addiction while also describing the power of hope, determination and will to move forward. Wrote one reviewer, “Coutley dares her readers to a staring contest and never looks away.”

Errata won the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Also earning honors for Coutley were two previous chapbooks — In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), which won the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk (Articles Press, 2010), winner of the Rooms Chapbook Contest.

Coutley earned a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, and her poetry and prose have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and elsewhere.

As a student at UW-Green Bay, Coutley majored in English, minored in Humanistic Studies and earned her bachelor’s degree with cum laude honors in December 2004. She went on to receive a master’s in nonfiction and master’s of fine arts in poetry from Northern Michigan University before completing her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. She was poetry editor for each institution’s literary journal: Sheepshead Review at UW-Green Bay, NMU’s Passages North and Utah’s Quarterly West.

Rebecca Meacham, an associate professor of English and Humanistic Studies at UW-Green Bay and director of the school’s creative writing program, arranged for Coutley’s visit.

Students enrolled in Meacham’s Intermediate Creative Writing course will be among those in attendance for Coutley’s 1 p.m. Oct. 26 reading in the Christie Theatre. Meacham recalls teaching the course for the first time at UW-Green Bay in fall 2002, with Coutley — the future Meacham teaching assistant, published poet and guest lecturer— as a standout student.

“To put it mildly, she’s done quite well since graduating from UWGB,” Meacham says. “To achieve what she has, in a relatively short time, is very impressive. She’s a star.”