Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Native People of Wisconsin

Looking for great resources or general interest on the Native Peoples of Wisconsin?

Dr. Patty Loew of the University of Wisconsin is the author of several guidebooks. Her latest:

Wisconsin Historical Society Press
eBook -  $9.99
Print - $15.95
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"So many of the children in this classroom are Ho-Chunk, and it brings history alive to them and makes it clear to the rest of us too that this isn't just...Natives riding on horseback. There are still Natives in our society today, and we're working together and living side by side. So we need to learn about their ways as well." --Amy Laundrie, former Lake Delton Elementary School fourth grade teacher

An essential title for the upper elementary classroom, "Native People of Wisconsin" fills the need for accurate and authentic teaching materials about Wisconsin's Indian Nations. Based on her research for her award-winning title for adults, "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Survival," author Patty Loew has tailored this book specifically for young readers.

"Native People of Wisconsin" tells the stories of the twelve Native Nations in Wisconsin, including the Native people's incredible resilience despite rapid change and the impact of European arrivals on Native culture. Young readers will become familiar with the unique cultural traditions, tribal history, and life today for each nation.

Complete with maps, illustrations, and a detailed glossary of terms, this highly anticipated new edition includes two new chapters on the Brothertown Indian Nation and urban Indians, as well as updates on each tribe's current history and new profiles of outstanding young people from every nation.

Dr. Loew's other works include

Native People of Wisconsin Teachers Guide
Seventh Generation Earth Ethics
We Shall Remain (PBS documentary booklet)

Patty Loew, Ph.D.
Prof. Dept. Life Sciences Communication

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Lover and Author Event March 19 in West Allis

First Annual Wisconsin Author Festival
Saturday, March 19

Wondering if there are any new exciting authors in the area? Not sure what to read next? The West Allis Public Library will be hosting local Wisconsin authors for a free afternoon of fun for readers of all ages. Come ask the authors questions at our 4 PM Q&A session, meet the authors, enjoy treats and giveaways and maybe even purchase a book or two to take home. 

Watch our website and Facebook page for more information! 

Date: March 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Library  View Facility
Address: 7421 W. National Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
Contact: 414-302-8500
Email: Email
Cost: FREE!

Authors: want to participate? Follow the directions given in the registration form link or email Natalie LaRocque at for more information.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Celeb Saturday with Wisconsin's Poet Laureate February 6


WAUKESHA – Discover how to say the unsayable at AllWriters’ February Celebrity Saturday! Learn to gather pivotal moments from your experience and unmask their impact through the poetic process. AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer KIMBERLY BLAESER with her workshop, POETRY OF SPIRIT AND WITNESS.

Your day will include a look at a range of sample poems that undertake the tasks of discovery and dissemination. It will include exercises to generate material as well as strategies and approaches for writing. We will expand the notion of witness to include the everyday as well as the more extreme experiences of our lives; and we will explore the many ways our lives manifest belief. The poems we draft will weave together these two strands of inquiry, creating what Seamus Heaney has called “transformative” poetry.

KIMBERLY BLAESER, the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate, but also poet, photographer, and scholar, has been zig-zagging the state traveling from the thumb of Door County to the southern wrist cities, and everywhere in between. A Professor at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literature. Blaeser has authored three poetry collections—Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians, and Trailing You. She was the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. She is also the author of the scholarly monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, and essays have been widely anthologized, and selections of her poetry has also been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, Hungarian, and French. She has been the recipient of awards for both writing and speaking, among these a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Poetry and four Pushcart Nominations. Her current creative project features “Picto-Poems” and brings her nature and wildlife photography together with poetry. She lives in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township and spends part of each year at a water access cabin in the BWCA chasing poems, photos, and river otters—sometimes all at once.

Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. Kimberly Blaeser’s workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2016. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own CafĂ© de Art.

AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. 

Summer Hanford
AllWriters’ Assistant

234 Brook St., Unit 2
Waukesha WI 53188
Phone: (262) 446-0284
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