Saturday, February 6, 2016

Writers on Writing March 8 Mount Mary University

Writers On Writing Series
The Mount Mary University Master of Arts in English program presents this series that brings best-selling authors to campus to talk about their published work, their process and their craft.

Upcoming Events
Writers on Writing: Featuring Poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Helfaer Hall (located in Caroline Hall)

Writers on Writing featuring poets Paulette Beete and JoAnn Early Macken who will read from their work, examine the poetry writing process, and discuss the world of poetry. Event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Karen Murray or 414-930-3359. Reserve your spot here.

Paulette Beete's work has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Escape into Life, Found Poetry Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and many others. She's the author of the chapbooks Blues for a Pretty Girl (Finishing Line Press) and Voice Lessons (Plan B Press), and her work appears in the anthologies Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. She blogs (occasionally) at

JoAnn Early Macken is the author of five picture books and more than 130 educational books for children. Her rhyming picture book Baby Says “Moo!” is now a padded board book. Waiting Out the Storm received a starred review in Booklist and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received the Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children’s Literature Award.

JoAnn’s poems appear in many children’s magazines and anthologies, including the 2015 Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Her poetry instruction guide Write a Poem Step by Step is based on her workshops.

JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education writing courses at four Wisconsin colleges. JoAnn speaks to writers of all ages and contributes to the Teaching Authors group blog. Visit her web site at

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Water in Wisconsin Photography Contest deadline March 15

Water in Wisconsin Photography Contest

Complete rules and entry link here.

Historic Bennett photo.
Studio Camera inside H.H. Bennett Studio. Photo Credit: Joseph Leute / Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.
The H.H. Bennett Studio is holding a photography contest! Here is your opportunity to display your photography alongside the work of H.H. Bennett! 40 finalists will have their work displayed in the H.H. Bennett Studio in downtown Wisconsin Dells during the 2016 tourist season.


  • The Contest is open to all Wisconsin Residents
  • The Photo must be taken inside the state of Wisconsin
  • Persons under 18 may participate with a parent or guardian's permission
  • Both amateur and professional photographers can enter
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but only 1 photograph allowed per entry form
  • If selected as a finalist, a 6 Megapixel digital copy must be provided to the H.H. Bennett Studio for printing and/or marketing.
  • Entries must be submitted by March 15, 2016 deadline

Monday, February 1, 2016

Remembering a tragedy with Wisconsin roots

Remembering Laurel Salton Clark, graduate of Racine Horlick High School and UW-Madison

    It's been thirteen years since the space shuttle Challenger accident...
              February 1, 2003

                          Where were you when you heard the news?

Astronaut Biography
Facebook memorial page

Above - bad copy from our late 70s yearbook: me, Lisa, below, friend Debbie, Laurel above, goofing around at forensics

The memorial splashpad in Racine, on the lakefront