Join us for an evening of round-robin poetry with Sharon Auberle, Cathryn Cofell, Karla Huston, and Viola Weinberg. Light refreshments will be served.
Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who fell in love with Door County in 1984 and made it her home in 2008. She has a number of poetry collections, four of which include collaborations with other poets. Her latest book is a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist Jeanie Tomasko, titled Dovetail, which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Annual Chapbook Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is a recent past Poet Laureate of Door County. Auberle is a passionate lover of water, trees, and dachshunds, not necessarily in that order.
Cathryn Cofell is the author of two full-length poetry collections including Stick Figure with Skirt, winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She’s also published six chapbooks and produced a poetry/music CD called Lip. She’s been published in over 300 other places and earned 50+ awards for her poetry and essays, including the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award. She is a passionate advocate for the arts, helping to launch the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry Chapbook Prize and the Poetry Unlocked reading series, among others. www.cathryncofell.com
Karla Huston is the author of eight chapbooks of poems, including Grief Bone, (Five Oaks Press), and a full collection A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag Publications. She served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2017-2018 and her work has garnered many awards, including a Pushcart Prize for the poem “Theory of Lipstick.” She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for her collection of the same title. Her writing has earned residencies at Ragdale Foundation as well as the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, Flight Patterns won the Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest in 2003. Huston has also been awarded three Jade Rings (one for fiction, two for poetry) from Wisconsin Writers’ Association.
Viola Weinberg is Sacramento Poet Laureate Emerita, serving from 2000-2002. She has published 10 books of poetry and a text on child abuse. Viola’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, newspapers, magazines and online publications. She has contributed work to plays and musical compositions. For several years, she ran the Poetry Showcase for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival. She is a recipient of the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet award. Viola taught at California State University, Sacramento, where she co-founded the Women’s Studies Department. She has worked in commercial and public media, including Committee for Public Broadcast and PBS. Viola moved back into publications at Mother Jones Magazine, where she was the founding Director of the International Fund for Documentary Photography, now housed in the Leica Foundation. For years, she served in an international brain trust for the C.S. Fund on social issues. For the last 6 years, Viola has been fighting Stage Four cancer with hopeful results. She is the founder of the Tough Old Broads. Viola lives in rural Sonoma County with her husband, photographer Peter Spencer, and writes in a yurt