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

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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.”

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More ‘Phactoids’: Dick Lien, Music and Arts, Chili Cookoff, Prof. Moran

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
The April 1982 press conference at which UWGB administrators introduced respected, well-liked assistant Dick Lien as the new men’s basketball coach would have broken the internet had it occurred today.
• Prof. Trinidad Chavez had a Sound Idea for a show/jazz choir, and the University had itself a scholarship troupe of musical ambassadors.
Jazz Fest has nearly a 50-year history, and with top alumni including drummer Carl Allen returning to help out, it just keeps rolling along.
• It was Sheepshead Revue for Vol. 1, No. 1 in February 1975. Now Sheepshead Review, the UW-Green Bay literary publication is enjoying arguably its greatest success.
• Care to see a picture of Tim Sewall, who is today an interim administrator in student affairs, being a good sport by wearing a hot icy-silver costume for the 2003 Chili Cookoff? We’ve got it.
• UW-Green Bay has had an impressive recent run of UW System professor-of-the-year honorees. The recognition program began in 1992, and by 1993 UWGB had its first winner: Joseph Moran of Natural and Applied Sciences.
• Time was when UWGB Summer Music Camps held their closing camp concerts behind Theatre Hall (then known as the Creative Communication Building) and borrowed a “stage” in the form of the old Green Bay Parks department’s “Showmobile.” We have a photo.

Sheepshead Review contest welcomes Packers fans’ words and art

Sheepshead Review, UW-Green Bay’s student-directed journal of the arts, is seeking submissions for its Packers Fan Fiction and Green & Gold Contest. This contest, created to celebrate UW-Green Bay’s new affiliation as “Higher Education Partner of the Green Bay Packers,” is open through Dec. 14. Ideal pieces will be short, imaginative prose, poetry or artwork that paints a vivid story of Packers players, team pride, tailgating, or other Packers experiences. Winners of the contest will be published in January 2015 in a mini-journal that will be distributed throughout UW-Green Bay and the city of Green Bay. Detailed contest rules and information on how to submit can be found at http://blog.uwgb.edu/sheepsheadreview/packers-contest/.

Tribal college instructor and 2011 grad will read from short stories


Faculty and staff who remember standout English grad Saul Lemerond (Class of 2011) will be interested to know that he will return to campus Monday (March 24) and read from his short story collection, Kayfabe & Other Stories. Lemerond, a former Sheepshead Review editor in chief who earned summa cum laude honors and distinction in the major, will present at 2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the University Union. The event is free and open to the public. Lemorond teaches creative writing at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mount Pleasant, Mich. His work has appeared in Dunesteef, Temenos, Waterhouse Review, and elsewhere. He holds a master’s in creative writing from Central Michigan and, his publicity notes say, “writes ham-fisted satire while giggling to himself, and he hopes to someday move south because his hands get cold in the winter.” Lemorand will also judge the Sheephead Review Rising Phoenix fiction award category this year.