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2021 Fox Cities Reads Events

We are always adding events, so visit the website often or check out our Facebook page for the most current listing!

2021 Fox Cities Reads “Your Authentic Self” Poetry Contest

Opens: January 4, 2021 Ends: January 18, 2021

To celebrate Your Authentic Self, FCBF will host a community-wide poetry contest in the weeks ahead of the Reads announcement!

There are three categories: Adult, Teen, and Youth. The first place winner of each category will receive a $50 cash prize and will be invited to read their poetry at the virtual launch on January 26. Poems should speak to the theme, Your Authentic Self. Local poets will judge the poems in each category. We will share more about our judges in a coming blog post. Poetry entries should be submitted via Google Forms by January 18, 2021. Use this link to submit.

2021 Fox Cities Reads Poetry Workshop

January 12, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 PM CST

The workshop will be held Tuesday, January 12, 6:30-7:30 PM and is designed to welcome first-time writers, self-declared non-writers, and poets who have been writing for years. Participants will have the opportunity to explore four different types of poetry and have the opportunity to submit one poem for feedback post-workshop. To sign up for the poetry workshop, click here. Participation is limited to 30. This event will be held via Zoom.

2021 Fox Cities Reads Title Announcement (open to the public)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7 PM CST
Come learn about the title selected for the 2021 Fox Cities Reads! This event will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live. After the event, the recording will be accessible on our Facebook page. To register for this event to attend on Zoom, click HERE.

2021 Author Presentations

More information to come! Join us for our 2021 title announcement!

Past Reads


Kao Kalia Yang, The Latehomecomer

Dr. Matthew Desmond, Evicted

Ruta Sepetys, Salt To The Sea

Sharon Draper, Stella By Starlight

David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

R. J. Palacio, Wonder

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

Bill Strickland, Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary

Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North and The Devil’s Highway

Lesley Kagen, Whistling in the Dark

Michael Perry, Off Main Street, Population: 485, and Truck

Alice Hoffman, Blackbird House and Green Angel

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed