Cathryn Cofell, author of the poetry collection Sister Satellite, is one of several poets heading to the Fox Cities Book Festival this year. In addition to Sister Satellite, Cofell has six chapbooks of poetry under her belt, as well as Lip, a CD of her poetry blended with music by Obvious Dog (Bruce Dethlefsen). She finds collaboration with other artists valuable.
“While the Fox Cities Book Festival has a rich history of celebrating writers and books from around the globe, you don’t need to travel far to find some of the country’s best poets,” asserts Cofell. “Several years ago, I worked with Karla Huston to create a series of events that would highlight some of this regional talent. With such a positive turnout and response from attendees, Poets Among Us has become an annual event. I'm excited to be joined by Megan Gannon, who is the new Assistant Professor of English at Ripon College, and Bill Gillard, who teaches at UW-Fox Valley."
Cofell was raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, and worked as an advisor to former Governor Tommy Thompson on the establishment of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate post. She has also chaired the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, the group charged with naming the Poet Laureate. She explains that "Poet Laureate" isn’t just a symbolic title.
“The poet laureate plays a crucial role in keeping the arts accessible and vital—to all age groups—and acts as an ambassador for poetry and creativity and its importance in the cultural life of Wisconsin. So many of life's most crucial celebrations and ceremonies—births, dedications, weddings, inaugurations, funerals—are made fuller and more meaningful by the gift of poetry and music...yet so many people, when asked, seem to fear poetry for its (often) misperceived complexity. Through the Wisconsin Poet Laureate program, we've been able to change that fear into joy in thousands upon thousands of lives in this state and beyond.”
For more information
- Visit the author's website at CathrynCofell.com