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is a program launched in 2004 by Shoshauna Shy in Madison, Wisconsin, with the mission of bringing poetry out of the libraries, bookstores and classrooms into the general public arena. Calls for submissions are conducted largely via cyberspace.

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NOVEMBER 2016

POETRY JUMPS OFF THE SHELF

will be announcing

THE WINNERS
OF THE
WOODROW HALL
TOP SHELF AWARDS

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The winning poems will be available to read by clicking:

Top Shelf Winners

The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2016 is a contest for which there was a call for submissions that was conducted April through July in the interest of celebrating poems that have earned an audience through prior publication and/or by placing in former contests. While most editors mandate that submissions to their journals and contests be not-yet-witnessed work, this contest was designed to provide further notoriety and a wider readership to those poems that have already proven their excellence. The deadline for submissions was July 30th, 2016.

Thank you to EVERYONE who submitted their work to this contest! Selections will be made without identifying information accompanying the poems so that Karla Huston, the judge, will not have knowledge of the authors.

The top-winning poem will earn the poet $500.00. The 2nd place winner will receive $300.00. Three finalists will each receive $100.00. All winners will be notified in the fall of 2016, and the winning poems will be published on this website shortly after.

Feel free to email Shoshauna Shy if you have any questions:
yaharacrosses@yahoo.com

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SUMMER 2014

“UP TO THE COTTAGE”

This project featured poems on the theme “Up to the Cottage,” as in that phrase “going up to the cottage.” Poems were produced on postcards and bookmarks, and then made available at the cottages and through the venues listed below. Houseguests of these cottages found the postcards available to them for free during their stay to send to friends and family, and the bookmarks to use while there—or both of these items to take home when they departed. Thank you to the hundreds of poets in the U.S., Canada, Israel, England and Norway who sent candidates to audition for this project, and the cottage owners who hosted the selected poems!

Poems referencing maple syrup were also published on laminated note cards, and attached to the thumb-holds of maple syrup bottles. The producers and distributors are listed below along with the locations where the syrup was sold.

cottageglass Cottages that hosted the poems into the fall and winter:

        WISCONSIN
Cedar Glen in Ephraim
South Nest Retreat in Baileys Harbor
The River Cottage in Mazomanie
Dillman’s Bay Resort in Lac du    Flambeau
Mystery to Me bookstore in Madison
Delafield Art Center, Delafield
Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson
Velveteen Rabbit Book Shop, Fort Atkinson
Hoard Historical Museum, Fort Atkinson
Purloin Studio & Gallery, Menomonee Falls

        FLORIDA
Pine Ridge Cottage in Naples

        MAINE
Magalloway River Camps

        VERMONT
Stephens Family Cottage in Addison
Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Champ’s Trading Post on Lake Champlain

        POEMS ATTACHED TO MAPLE SYRUP BOTTLES

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Ruegsegger Farms of Blanchardville sold the syrup at Paoli Local Foods in Paoli, and at Farmers Markets in Waukesha, Oshkosh and South Milwaukee. Marquardt Tree Farm of Tigerton made them available at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, and sold them via their mail order business. Jackl’s Whataview Farm in Phelps had them at their farm near Phelps.

Shoshauna Shy welcomes your queries:
yaharacrosses@yahoo.com

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OCTOBER 2013

In partnership with
COWFEATHER PRESS
announcing

Echolocations:
Poets Map Madison

a new collection of poems that references Madison locations
to benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund

Monona Terrace Reopening Celebration featuring
a photo & poetry exhibit involving
11 poems
from Echolocations:
Poets Map Madison

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 1:30 PM
Monona Terrace
Exhibit ongoing into 2014

Another reading to celebrate publication
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 7:00 PM
Mystery to Me
1863 Monroe Street
Madison's newest independent bookstore!

Celebratory launch party
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD 1:00 PM
Madison Public Library, Central Branch
201 W. Mifflin Street in Madison!

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APRIL 2013

In partnership with
MADISON B-CYCLE

POETIC BIKES LAUNCHED!

BCycleLaunchAt high noon on Friday, April 26th, 30 bicycles sporting decals with poems referencing various locations in Madison hit the streets! These poems are a preview of the anthology produced in partnership with Cowfeather Press that will debut this fall.

Learn more here about Madison B-Cycle, sponsored by Trek: madison.bcycle.com
Learn about Cowfeather Press: cowfeatherpress.org

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APRIL 2012

CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE
WINNERS OF THE
2012 WOODROW HALL JUMPSTART AWARDS

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An offshoot of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf initiative, the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Awards were designed to help other Wisconsin poets implement a project or program that brings poetry into the eye of the general public in an unconventional manner.

The award of $500.00 goes to Jim Pollock and the Aspiring Authors of Stevens Point for a project mounting monthly haikus on the historic Fox Theater marquee in Stevens Point. Built in 1894 and originally named the Grand Opera House on Main Street, this theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and at present, descendants of the theater's original owners are working on restoring the building for a cultural center.

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The finalist was Nancy Rafal, who received $400.00 for her proposal for the Baileys Harbor Community Mural Project which will include Lorine Niedecker and part of her poem, “Wintergreen Ridge” on an outside wall of Nelson’s Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor in Door County. This project coincides with Niedecker’s work being featured on the Poetry Trail in Newport State Park, and the 75th anniversary of The Ridges Sanctuary, which was the inspiration for Niedecker's poem.

Katrin Talbot, Susan Elbe, Jesse Lee Kercheval and Sara Parrell have received the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Initiative Award of $300.00 for their Bridge Poetry Series, a partnership between statewide poets and the Chazen Museum in Madison.

Questions?
shoshaunashy@yahoo.com

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WOODROW HALL JUMPSTART AWARD
2012
INFO

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AWARD
WINNERS

June 2015

Shoshauna Shy is a Midwestern poet, and the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions. Her poems have been published in The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest and by nearly 200 other journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins. Author of four collections, the most recent one titled, What the Postcard Didn’t Say, received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association in 2008. Her mixed-media assemblage incorporating a poem titled “Saturday Night in Cheyenne” took second place Best of Show at the International Society of Human Ethology conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in 2010. She was a finalist for the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry prize sponsored by Winning Writers in 2015. Shoshauna works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council in Madison, Wisconsin and helped create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade. She is also a flash fiction author— but that's another story!