Resource for MidwestPoetics

~Google doc of resources & projects pertaining to Midwest Poetry & Poetics started for AWP15. Add yours by making a comment directly on the document.

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Contact Us

Cowfeather Press
PO Box 620216
Middleton, WI 53562
608- 831-0094

Email: cowfeather (at) versewisconsin (dot) org

In the News

Expressing Identities in Capital City Hues 10/2/2014

I Didn't Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin in Madison Times 10/1/2014

In Their Own Words in Madison Magazine October, 2014

En esta entrvista, Eugenia platica con Moisés Villavicencio Barras sobre su mas reciente libro de poemas: Luz de Todos los Tiempos

Write Your Madison
& Echolocations, Poets Map Madison in Capital Times 11/20/2013

Shares Poetry about Madison in Isthmus 11/21/2013

La poesía es también un trabajo de sobrevivencia: Moisés Villavicencio

"Poetic Bikes Launch in Madison," Madison B-Cycle Buzz

Milwaukee JS,"Recommended Reading," Jan. 2012

Wisconsin People & Ideas, "5Q-Cowfeather Press," Fall 2011

Media Material

Local Ground(s) front cover-print

IDK front cover-print

Press release 11/13
"Write Your Madison"

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Titles Available 2013

More about 2013 titles

Press release 10/12 2013 titles

Verse Wisconsin's YouTube Channel

Audio Poems

Appeal for Eclipse
I am Knot
The Point at Which Crying Causes Alarm (as the baby)
What to Give Her
(from Sister Satellite by Cathryn Cofell)

Author interview & poems from Luz de Todos los Tiempos / Light of All Times, 4-25-13

Shiny Things

Milk from Sleepy Cows
(from Unexpected Shiny Things by Bruce Dethlefsen)


"No Wisconsin library should be without a copy of Unexpected Shiny Things as a core part of its poetry collection." MBR

"Pandora may reign in Sister Satellite as goddess of hard knocks, as queen of human frailties, busted dreams, and sorrows, but in her varied talents as a writer Cofell the poet rules." —Mark Zimmerman, Verse Wisconsin 112, October 2013

"Readers, you are lucky. It is not everyday one gets to meet a new poet, to immerse oneself in a world at once familiar and strange. Moisés Villaciencio Barras is a well known writer in his native Mexico, but to most of us noteamericanos, his voice will be new and exciting. Even though he lives and teaches in Madison, Wisconsin, the world of his bilingual volume of poems, Light of All Times/Luz de Todos los Tiempos (Cowfeather Press, 2013), is not that of Madison's familiar streets. It is a mythic, timeless world, the world of the ancestors."—Judith Barisonzi, in Verse Wisconsin 113-114, April 2014



Books & Projects

Poets Respond to Madison:
A portfolio of poems written for Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century

Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, PTG.0146 The Next Generation (Millennials) / Millennials from around the world (detail), 2009–2015. Screenprint on silk and polished stainless steel, 85 x 110 inches. Courtesy of the artists.

New 2015 Nación Nómada / Nomadic Nation by Rubén Medina

2014 Titles

I Didn't Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: Three Decades of Hispanic Writing, edited by Oscar Mireles

Local Ground(s)—Midwest Poetics: Selected Prose Verse Wisconsin 2010-2014, edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman

Book Order

Read more about Cowfeather books

Local Grounds, Midwest Poetics, book cover
Unexpected Shiny Things cover
Unexpected Shiny Things cover  

More Cowfeather Books

All books can be purchased in print from the authors, at Cowfeather events, or online at, as well as at the Cowfeather website. Some titles are also available as Kindle ebooks. Book stores wishing to purchase multiple copies will receive a whole-sale discount. Please contact us for details.

Echolocations, Poets Map Madison

Read more about Echolocations and Write Your Madison, a project by Madison's Poets Laureate inviting collaboration and conversation through poetry about Madison. Contact us to learn more or to connect your poetry project. Use #WriteYourMadison at Twitter or email cowfeather (at)

Poets of Echolocations. Music from the original CD by Crestwood Elementary, All I Hear Is Crickets:
Madison Geography and The Sound of Music. Read more about the CD.

From the Launch Reading of Unexpected Shiny Things

(more video available at the Verse Wisconsin YouTube Channel)