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  1. I’ve been invited to present at the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh on Thurs, May 9th. Topic: A Field of Daffodils: How to Write So It Knocks Their Socks Off. Lakefly is an excellent two-day conference. I’m proud to be part of it.

  2. Happy to announce that Badlands, a collection of linked short stories and published by HenschelHaus in Bayview, is a finalist for Midwest Publishers Book Awards under categories of Short Fiction/Anthologies and Young Adult Literature. Winners to be announced May 14. Badlands also made the finalist list for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for its First Horizon award, which recognizes first works. Unfortunately, it was not a winner, though as the award site says, to be among the finalists is a “distinguished honor in itself,” so I’ll accept that tribute happily. Badlands was included in the overall Hoffer book award list too, though the short list has yet to be announced.

  3. One of my nun stories, “What Choice Do We Have” was published in Persimmon Winter 2014.
    Thanks, editor Sue Leonard.

  4. “The Institute”,the first story in my collection, POACHED IS NOT AN OPTION, was published in Rosebud, Issue 55.
    Thanks, Rod.

  5. I am a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award 2014. My new full length collection, Addicts & Basements is published by Civil Coping Mechanisms.

  6. Happy news to share! Just found out that my first novel, In the Comfort of Shadows, was selected as a finalist by Midwest Book Awards for contemporary fiction. Awards will be announced May 14 in St. Paul, and I’m very pleased and honored by this news! Thanks to everyone at Red Oak who read and commented on many chapters of my novel during roundtable sessions and gave me such wonderful advice and feedback. I am grateful to all of you.

  7. My novel, Thorn (which almost every Redbird/Red Oak participant throughout the last 8 years has seen or is familiar with!) advanced to the General Fiction Quarter-Finalists round in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. The suspense continues until June, when the Semi-Finalists are announced. Stay tuned…

  8. I was grateful for the kindness and help I received from Mitch Teich and Stephanie Lecci at WUWM FM 98.7 when I recorded one of my humor pieces there for the first time on Monday,March 10th. The piece, “King of Wisconsin,” ran during the “Lake Effect” program on March 13th. The podcast is available at
    I also recorded a little playlet of mine entitled, “Those Closing Bells are Ringing,” Which Mitch decided would be appropriate for the station to run on “Lake Effect,” April 15th, tax day. Several people from the station read the parts of different characters. Mitch said it was the first time they’d ever done anything like this with multiple voices. Thanks for the feedback and support from my fellow Red Oak Roundtablers, and Kim Suhr and her Red Oak faculty.

  9. Orbis Books has released a new volume of poetry by Orbis writers called, “A Maryknoll Book of Poetry.” Some wonderful writers here: Thich Nhat Hahn, Dorothee Soelle, Ernesto Cardenal, and on. I am honored to be among them. My poem is entitled “Communion” and is written for Dorothy Kazel, one of the four US churchwomen murdered by Salvadoran National Guardsmen on Dec 2, 1980. More info at this link:

  10. Just got the ‘official’ word that I am included in the Listen To Your Mother (Milwaukee) show. Excited!

  11. I’m reading from my new book, Addicts & Basements at Boswell Books this evening, opening for Chicago author Gina Frangello: February 24th at 7 p.m. Please join us!

  12. My story regarding an awkward encounter with an xbf is in the February 2014 issue of More Magazine on newsstands right this minute!

  13. Thanks to the impeccable critical judgement of Editor Lisa J Lickel, my essay, “Ice Fishing, Anyone?” kicks off the “Members Write Essay and Fiction” section of the Winter 2013 Creative Wisconsin Magazine. Page 25. It should prove especially useful to those who would like to embrace this wonderful winter by going ice fishing. Thanks to my fellow writers at RedOak Writng for their help. Am I a RedOaker now? As Steve Miller would sing, “I’m a joker
    I’m a smoker
    I’m a mid-night RedOaker.”

  14. My new book, My Father’s Keep, is now available at;

    Book discription;
    At once a trek to the highest peak on Earth and the deepest place of the heart, My Father’s Keep captures the experience that all adult children share: the pain and suffering of growing up in the chaos of alcoholism and the dogged belief that they can—and must—somehow save their afflicted parents from their torment. As that child, Ed Abell vows that one day he and his father will see the Himalaya together—a vow he kept twelve years after his father’s death.
    My Father’s Keep is a story of hope for healing of our most complicated family relationships through understanding, compassion, and forgiveness, peace for ourselves despite our inability to save our loved ones from the ravages of addiction, and strength for the arduous yet enriching journey.

    Thanks to Kim and all my cohorts in the Red Oak groups. The experiences in the groups ultimately gave me the confidence to actually do it. I will be forever grateful.

  15. Very excited to announce I graduated with an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars on Jan. 18th, 2014! Yahoo!

  16. Hi Everyone!
    Well, it finally happened! My novel, In the Comfort of Shadows, was just published. Some of you may remember me reading chapters during roundtable sessions. I certainly will always remember and be grateful for your friendship and the wonderfully detailed feedback you offered during those sessions. Now for the hard part: marketing, Amazon, and some kind of social networking!
    Just as a reminder: In the Comfort of Shadows is the story of Ann, a woman on the trail of family secrets. Ignoring her sister’s objections, Ann drives to north-central Wisconsin to meet Emmett Pederson, the elderly man she thinks is their “father unknown.” As she tries to accept his poverty and desperate living conditions, she discovers his WW2 diaries, detailing his fear of battle and his love for an Austrian sweetheart—Ann’s mother. While Ann struggles to sort out facts about her birth parents’ forbidden romance and her own adoption, she falls in love with a man who is trying to forgive his own past.

  17. My new chapbook, Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps Press) published on December 10th, 2013! Ordering information is here: Also, I will have copies at the Redoak Writing Studio. Thanks to Josepg Quintela, editor and cover designer. And huge gratitude to the roundtables, for helping guide each piece to their eventual shape.

  18. I will be reading from my crime novel, “The Summer of Rain: Odyssey of a Young PI”, at Boswell Books on January 8 at 7 PM. As an alum of Redbird, I would be happy to see former writing friends and any curious new writers at the event.

  19. A little group calling itself “Poets for the First Amendment” just released a chapbook focused on Wisconsin democracy and the ongoing protests at the State Capitol rotunda in Madison. The title is, “Turn Up the Volume: Poems About the States of Wisconsin.” I was invited to contribute a poem to this volume. The Milwaukee launch is on Friday, Nov. 15, 7:00 at Woodland Pattern Book Center on E. Locust St. Several of us will be reading our poems and we will have a special visit from some of our now-famous Solidarity Singers. All book sale proceeds will go to the First Amendment Protection Fund to help pay the legal costs of those arrested earlier this year.

  20. Thanks to my Wednesday morning RBRO group, I had two essays published and one accepted recently. “Learning” in the Yale Journal for Medicine and the Humanities (, “A Chance to Cut” which is, unfortunately, behind a paywall at Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics ( “Morning” will be published in the next issue of The Examined Life: A Literary Journal Produced by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

  21. On October 22, at 7 pm I will be reading from Badlands at Boswell Book Company. I’d love for any and all of you to come on down. Boswell has been kind enough to stick their neck out for me and I told them I’d get at least 40 people. So, now, put up or shut up, I guess. Should be fun. Please come and listen and enjoy. Put it on your calendar!

  22. I was more than pleased when Wisconsin Writers Association Publications Team Chief Rodney Schroeter approached me after I had read my short humor piece, “My Book Tour de Force” at the Spring WWA Conference, and asked me if he could include it in a book which was to be an anthology of writing from Wisconsin Writers, ”A Wisconsin Harvest Volume II.”
    I was more than more than pleased when he notified me that my piece was to lead off the book. I have seen the book; I have bought the book; and am enjoying the book, although for some reason, I can’t get past the first few pages.

  23. Promotional plans are underway for the launch of my historical novel, In Liberty’s Name, which will be released in April 2014 by Knox Robinson Publishing. A summary and excerpt can be found at the KRP website. Launch events will be held in both New Orleans and Milwaukee. Thanks to members of the Saturday Sessions a few years ago, led by Pam Parker, who provided feedback on early drafts.

  24. I’m very excited to be the recipient of a residency from Writers in the Heartland, a writers colony in central Illinois. The program provides support for writers working in a wide variety of creative forms and takes applications in the spring for fall residencies. Give it a try!

  25. I’m brimming with excitement. My novel, The Ten Cent Café,is now available for purchase on along with the Kindle edition. Please take a peek. I couldn’t have done it without all the support of Kim and the great RedBird community. RedBird soars.
    Please stay tuned for info on my upcoming launch party
    in Oconomowoc.

  26. Updated to here for the WWA Newsletter, June 15th (then extended a little) deadline.

  27. I was invited into a conversation via email with four other women poets and bloggers to share our reflections on blogging about writing. The exchange was initiated by Sarah Busse of Verse Wisconsin and is published in the just released spring edition, #111. It’s title: “A Means to Open the World: A Conversation Around Blogging, Five Women in Three Acts,” with Sarah Busse, Jennifer Morales, Peggy Rozga, Margaret Swedish, and Lisa Vihos.

    You can read it here:

  28. My script for a one act play called “A Late Night Phone Call” has been accepted by the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa for production. It will be on stage on June 14,15,21,22 (7:30 pm) at
    Carte Blanche Studio’s 1024 S. 5th St. Milwaukee. Thanks to my roundtable for suggesting I turn my story into a play and specifically to Marjorie Pagel for her one-on-one help.

  29. I submitted two essays to the November/December Humor Press National Writing Competition. Just received word that I took Second Place for one.
    I actually preferred my other entry, which was a Finalist Thanks to Kim Suhr and my fellow Roundtablers at Kim’s Wednesday Morning RedBird-RedOak Writing critique group.
    I acted on some of the suggestions; if I had acted on a few more, I might have won First Place!

  30. My essay about changing holiday traditions aired on 89.7 WUWM’s Lake Effect on Dec. 12th. Things sure do change as the kids age!

  31. So excited to share that my little collection, “Maybe I’ll Learn, Snapshots of a Novice Mom,” is available as an ebook and paperback.

    More info at

    Many thanks to the entire RedBird-RedOak community–all along, I’ve made it look like I was teaching *you*, but it was really the other way around!

  32. My flash fiction piece “Crayon” was accepted by Midwestern Gothic magazine for Issue 8, to be printed in early January . . . My short story “Now and at the Hour of Our Death,” published online in Full of Crow last December, is now being considered for an anthology of stories set in the Midwest . . . This past summer I wrote and illustrated a picture book for grownups called “Chiffon” and had it printed to share with friends.

  33. “Poached Is Not an Option” is now available in print version on Amazon and in the studio. Thanks to Judy and Dave and all my RedBird-RedOak friends.

  34. Tom’s book, “The Singular Adventure of Charles Goodfoote” has been launched! Our launch party at FIXX coffee house in October found us celebrating with about one hundred friends and family. What a hoot! Tom’s up-coming appearances include a talk at 9 am at the annual Murder & Mayhem fund raiser for the Muskego Public Library Nov.10, and a book signing at Mystery One Bookshop, 2109 N. Prospect, 7pm, Nov. 15. Couldn’t have done it without you, Redbird! Thanks a million.

  35. My piece “Scherzo” appears in Issue 3 of Lost in Thought magazine, it’s a great looking mag and the illustration Kyle Schruder did for it couldn’t be more right!

  36. My essay, “The Most Important Person in the Room” aired on 89.7 WUWM’s Lake Effect Program on Sept. 21 and Oct.4th. Thanks to Mitch Teich for the opportunity and to all the wonderful writers in my roundtable group.

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