F.J. Bergmann-Related Manifestations in the Present, Bright Future, and Dim Past


National Poetry Slam in Charleston, SC. Via a concatenation of unlikely events, I'm the alternate for the Madison, WI, slam team.

Gallery opening and collaborative exhibit. And book release for Out of the Black Forest (Centennial Press, 2012), which Kelli Hoppmann illustrated. At Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI.

Speculative Technologies readings. For the release of our cooperative anthology, Tendrils & Tentacles.


Poet for Hire: extemporaneous typewriter poetry. To say nothing of the inimitable micro-ekphrastivertibles! Anthology, State Street, Madison, WI.


Strange Devices: a poetry workshop. Learn unusual exercises to generate new and inventive work. You'll never be stuck for inspiration again! An overview of dozens of interesting techniques. At Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI. $45

Writing Poetry toward Publication. Wondering whether your poems are ready to submit? Flummoxed about which poetry to send to what journals? Baffled by selection of a cohesive set of poems for a chapbook manuscript? Learn to determine suitable venues for publication of your work, and how to organize your poems around specific styles and themes. Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI. 4 weeks, $75

Wisconsin Book Festival. A Cold Read: Polaroid/spontaneous typewriter poetry exhibit, short talk and opening with refreshments, Avol's Bookstore, Madison, WI.

10/4, Monday, 6:30 pm:
Poetry Reading. Harmony Café, 233 East College Ave., Appleton, WI.

10/17, Sunday, 1–4 pm: Submitting Poetry and Short Fiction. How do you select a journal to submit to? What is standard manuscript format? What should you include in a cover letter? Bring up to 10 or 12 poems and we'll find appropriate venues for submission and cover the dos and don'ts of preparation.Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI. $35

11/7, Sunday, 9 am: Black Holes to Black Ops: Bringing Genre Poetry in from the Cold. Presentation, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Fall Conference, Stevens Point, WI.

11/13, Saturday, 1-4 pm: SF, Fantasy, and Horror Poetry.
Interested in bringing science fiction and fantastic themes into your poetry? This workshop focuses on generating imaginative content in speculative work, as well as presenting journals that publish these popular genres.
Whispering Woodlands, Verona, WI. $35

11/17, Wednesday, 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading. Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI.

Magazine Publishing: American Collegiate Adventures. A summer high school class culminating in zine publication. Madison, WI.

A Cold Read. Polaroid/spontaneous typewriter poetry performances/exhibit, Kohler Art Museum, Sheboygan, WI.

Racquetball Chapbook Tournament. Yup, you read that correctly. Followed by competitor reading at BONK!, Racine, WI.


Wisconsin Book Festival. Publisher's panel, Madison, WI.


2011 NEWS

My 3rd Pushcart nomination, from Niteblade, for "Flash."

Cold Read part of Polaroid art exhibit in Milan, Italy.

International Publication Prize from the Atlanta Review 2011 contest, for "Departing Summer."

Joy Bale Boone Award and $500 from the Heartland Review 2011 poetry contest, for "Flash."

2010 NEWS

First place in both the Poet's Choice and Theme sections of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad Contest, for "Rain” and “Point of Order."

International Publication Prize from the Atlanta Review 2010 contest, for "Except Know Substitutes."

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