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.

In literary fashion, Sheepshead students dress up to address the competition

Above: Poetry staffers dressed up as literary journals: (from l-r) Verse Wisconsin, Poetry Magazine, Atticus Review, and The Paris Review.

“Excuse me, are you The Paris Review?” asks a poet hoping to publish her work.

“Yes, but you’ll have to work harder to get to know me. I’m historic and impressive,” replies The Paris Review, dressed in a suit, tie, and hat.

“Hey! Hey! Come submit to me!” shouts the neon-sweatered poetry journal Verse Wisconsin. “I’ll find a place for you!”

As part of an assignment in Associate Prof. Rebecca Meacham’s English 324: Practicum in Literary Publishing course, students recently presented their findings on “the competition” — arts journals of national repute. At the same time, staffers also produce an issue of UWGB’s journal of the arts, Sheepshead Review. Every semester, students delve into Meacham’s assignment, “The Aesthetic Project,” to evaluate how arts journals attract contributors, promote events, connect with artists, and sell issues.

“Many students have never even seen a journal before they do this project,” Meacham says. “Once they interact with other magazines, they turn a critical eye on Sheepshead Review, deciding what we could do, what we should do — and what we definitely should not do.”

Over the years, “The Aesthetic Project” assignment has spurred editors to develop Sheepshead Review into a full-color, 160-page magazine featuring dynamic design elements, interviews, and occasional special sections. Since its founding in the 1970s, the journal has won the prestigious ADDY award for design, garnered praise in New Pages review of literary magazines, and attracted contributors from Israel, New Zealand, and all over the U.S.

Every aspect of the journal and the “Practicum” course is student-directed — and intended to build professional skills.

For the Fall 2013 “Aesthetic Project,” students will conduct a semester-long assessment of other journals, following Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, websites, and blogs, as well as reading print and electronic copies of issues.

Already, staffers have proposed redesigns of Sheepshead Review’s website.

Current Editor in Chief Beth Heidtke is thrilled by the enthusiasm, as is Meacham.

“Every semester, students are invigorated by this project. Our layout editor wants to change the journal’s paper and size,” Meacham says. “And we now have a team of Social Media editors on Twitter and Facebook, who are planning a Sheepshead Tumblr and blog.”

In fact, the power of first impressions — and networking — became clear when a student group chose to dress up as their assigned journals — and Meacham tweeted the picture to the journals’ editors.

“What a fun idea! We’re guessing Atticus is represented by the second lady from the right?” tweeted @Atticus Books.

“We’re definitely the hat/tie wearing individual on the right!” replied @Paris Review.

Story and photo submitted by Associate Professor Rebecca Meacham.

Sheepshead design honorees include students Vanden Bloomen, Jenkins

The Northeast Wisconsin Fox River Ad Club Addy Awards Gala was held Thursday (Feb. 28) in Appleton. The competition sponsored by the Fox River Ad Club is the first level of American Advertising Federation recognition leading up to regional and national awards, with “Gold Award” winners advancing. In a previous edition of this newsletter, we shared the news that graphic design student Matt Vanden Boomen received multiple awards. The highest honor, a Gold Student Addy Award for graphic design of the fall 2012 Sheepshead Review, was actually a joint honor shared with another student. Vanden Boomen, the journal’s creative editor, partnered with chief layout editor Jake Jenkins on the design. This year’s adviser for Sheepshead Review is Prof. Chuck Rybak of English and Humanistic Studies, and the student editor-in-chief is  Kelsey Duquaine.

National review: UW-Green Bay’s Sheepshead a literary contender

UW-Green Bay’s biannual Sheepshead Review literary magazine earned positive marks from a national online review recently, with praising its contents and visual appeal. “NFL fans who take pleasure in the arts will affirm that Green Bay has more to offer than the Packers,” the review starts off, before praising “one of the visually strongest arts journals in the current landscape.” The review also discusses specific works, including visual art and short stories. “This magazine deserves a slot in the literary magazine playoffs,” the review concludes, “and has least as good a chance as the Packers do to win out.” Uhh, never mind that Packers part, maybe. Check out, and read the full review here.

UW-Green Bay to welcome noted writer, editor for series of public events

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome a noted fiction writer, editor — and vendor at Chicago’s Wrigley Field — for a series of public events Monday, April 9 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Mike Czyzniejewski is the author of numerous stories that have been published in a variety of noted literary reviews and magazines. His story collection, Elephants in Our Bedroom, was published in 2009, and his newest work, Chicago Stories – 40 Dramatic Fictions is newly published. Author Aimee Bender has described Czyzniejewski’s writing as “both wry-funny and absurd-funny, plunging into the everyday and the outrageous — here’s a bouquet of bright and fun-to-read stories.”

Czyzniejewski was born in Chicago and grew up in its south suburbs. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, and now teaches there while editing the Mid-American Review. He also works as a vendor at Wrigley Field, selling everything from soda and peanuts to hot dogs and beer. Czyzniejewski lives in Bowling Green with his wife and son.

Czyzniejewski will be featured at the following events on Monday, April 9. Each will take place in the Christie Theatre of UW-Green Bay’s University Union, and each is free and open to the public.

Writing workshop, 1-2 p.m.: Czyzniejewski will lead participants through a creative writing exercise.

Fiction reading and Q & A, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Copies of Czyzniejewski’s two story collections will be available for signing and cash purchase.

What’s next? A panel discussion about careers in editing and journal design, 4-5 p.m.: Discussion will feature Czyzniejewski, along with Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse (poet laureates of Madison and co-editors of the journal Verse Wisconsin) and Rana Husseini (human rights advocate and award-winning journalist for the Jordan Times).

All three events are sponsored by the Campus Writers’ Union, Sheepshead Review and the Department of Humanistic Studies.


Campus hosts visit by Chicago writer Mike Czyzniejewski

He’s a fiction writer, editor, and Wrigley Field vendor and he’ll be on campus Monday (April 9) for various events throughout the day. Mike Czyzniejewski’s visit is sponsored by the Campus Writers’ Union, Sheepshead Review and Humanistic Studies. His newest book, Chicago Stories, is a collection of dramatic, usually funny fictions — each told in the persona of a famous Chicagoan (or even buildings, like Soldier Field or the water tower). His writing has been described as “both wry-funny and absurd-funny, plunging into the everyday and the outrageous.” More on Czyniejewski.

Trio of April 9 events features visiting writer

1 to 2 p.m., Christie TheatreWriting Workshop with Mike Czyniejewski: the author will lead participants through a creative writing exercise. All are welcome.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Christie TheaterFiction Reading and Q&A with Mike Czyzniejewski: copies of his two story collections will be available for signing and cash purchase. All are welcome.

4 to 5 p.m., Christie TheatrePanel Discussion about Careers in Editing and Journal Design with Mike Czyzniejewski, fiction writer and editor of the literary journal Mid American Review; Wendy Vardamann and Sarah Busse, poet laureates of Madison and co-editors of the journal Verse Wisconsin; and Rana Husseini, human rights advocate, author and award-winning journalist for the Jordan Times. All are welcome.

‘Sheepshead Review’ unveils spring issue with a party May 4

The spring issue of Sheepshead Review, UW-Green Bay’s journal of the arts, will be unveiled Tuesday, May 4 in an open house ceremony from 3:45 to 6 p.m. in the Common Grounds Coffee House and Heritage Room of the University Union. Everyone is invited to stop in to meet the artists, enjoy cake and refreshments, and of course, pick up their copy of the new edition. For the first time ever, the Sheepshead Review will include a photo documentary. There will also be a silent auction that will include artwork and signed books.