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Robin Chapman is a scientist and a poet who grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and attended Swarthmore College and the University of California at Berkeley. She is author of six full-length poetry collections, including The Way In and Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos (with J.C. Sprott’s fractals), both winners of the Posner Poetry Award; The Dreamer Who Counted the Dead, winner of an Outstanding Achievement Poetry Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, and Abundance, winner of the Cider Press Editors’ Award. About Abundance, poet Kelly Cherry writes, “Impeccably crafted, passionate, and attentive, Robin Chapman’s new poetry collection distills the subtle beauties of the northern plains.” Her chapbooks include The Only Everglades in the World, an account of a tandem kayaking trip through the national park. She co-edited the anthology On Retirement: 75 Poems. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, and OnEarth, among many other journals, and the anthologies The First Yes, Poetry Comes Up Where It Can, The Shape of Content, and Strange Attractors: A Collection of Mathematical Love Poems, among others. A recipient of three Wisconsin Arts Board grants, including a 2007 Literary Arts Fellowship, she is a member of Poetry Fire Poetry Quartet. Her poems have been incorporated in the paintings of Canadian artist Colleen Anderson-Millard and set to music by Canadian composer Sara Turner and Americans Stephen Paulus and Joseph Dangerfield. Co-founder of Epidemic Peace Imagery, an exhibit of poetry and painting from over 500 artists that has been traveling since 2003, she is a professor emerita of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received the 2006 Career Research Scientist award from the Academy on Mental Retardation for her work on language learning in children and adolescents with Down syndrome. She teaches poetry workshops at The Clearing, a folk school in Door County, and elsewhere. Robin posts a poem most weeks from fellow & sister poets with one of her watercolors on Robin Chapman’s Poem a Day Blog. She lives with her husband Will Zarwell, kayaker and Irish accordionist, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fiction Writer, Poet
I am a current MFA candidate. I have recently completed a collection of short stories and a poetry manuscript. I am at work on a novel.
Author of two book collections with New Rivers Press and six chapbooks. Ann Stanford Poetry Prize winner, several state arts board awards, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and Milwaukee dance company performances of several poems. Professor Emeritus.
Cathryn Cofell is the author of six chapbooks, most recently Split Personality with Karla Huston (sunnyoutside, 2012). A collection called Sister Satellite is forthcoming from Cowfeather Press. You'll most likely find her in a Midwest bar or coffee shop, performing poems set to the music of Obvious Dog, including tracks from Lip, their debut CD. Her work is frequently published and has garnered numerous awards including multiple Pushcart nominations. Cofell is a tireless advocate for the power of poetry, including efforts as the founder and current chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; she has also helped to launch and grow, among others, the WI Fellowship of Poets, Verse Wisconsin, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the WFOP Chapbook Prize and the Harmony Café Poetry Series.