Now out from Bent Paddle Press: A new chapbook of poetry by Ron Czerwien.

Cover art: "Blue Medley" © copyright Elwira Pioro.

A little rain, a little more

Poetry by Ron Czerwien. Bent Paddle Press, 2018, 34 pp., $12.

Czerwien writes the strange familiar and the familiar strange. Snowflakes, owls, fathers, loves, premonitions; familiar but new. These poems surprise. They are conversations with friends you always knew you had but never knew you had. Poems of close attention; poems from that place poets go and bring back something entirely their own. Pull up your wing chair, sit awhile at this window on the world.

“This is a wonderful new chapbook, ...full of feeling and elegy, language and play!”
—Robin Chapman-poet, artist and Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences.

[This] book is graceful, sad, strange and beautiful. Attending as carefully to things of language as to the observed world, the acuity of these poems is matched by their formal economy. Everything’s essential.
—Andy Gricevich-musician, performer, poet and editor of cannot exist.

You can read (and hear!) some sample poems here.

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Readings and Events:

Friday, March 16th, at 8 p.m. Ron Czerwien will take part in an “Oscar Presents” reading at the Arts + Literature Lab, 2021 Winnebago St, in Madison. He will be reading with poet Kevin Ducey. The reading follows another poetry event—a Watershed Series poetry reading—which begins at 7:00 that night

Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Another Bent Paddle extravaganza with Richard, Ron and Jeanie at Arcadia Books in Spring Green (102 E. Jefferson St.).

Friday, March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read from “a little rain, a little more” at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd. in Madison.

Monday, April 8th at 7 p.m. At The Draw, Feather & Bone Art Gallery, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton. Ron Czerwien reads with open mike following. Wine, water and root beer available.

Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Another Bent Paddle author reading, this time at Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison.

Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read at the Reader’s Loft (2069 Central Court, Suite 44 Green Bay) as part of the House of the Tomato poetry series.

Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. Jeanie and Steve Tomasko will read at Evergreen Manor, 1125 N. Westfield Drive, Oshkosh. An open mic will follow.

Tuesday, May 28th, at 6:30 p.m. Ron Czerwien will read from “a little rain, a little more” at Evergreen Manor, 1125 N. Westfield Drive, Oshkosh. An open mic will follow.

Steve Tomasko wins the 2018 Hal Prize.

Steve won the 2018 Hal Prize for his poem, "Pareidolia." It was published in the Peninsula Pulse. He also won an honorable mention for the poem, "This is just to say."


Jeanie's newest book from Red Bird Chapbooks, dear little fist.


44 pages
8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding.
Published February 2018, $12

Here's what the publisher had to say about this chapbook:

"In dear little fist, Tomasko crafts a collection that mirrors the many ways a heart can beat, sometimes frantic, sometimes steady, and sometimes strikingly quiet. Moving from poignant to funny and back and dealing with a palpable sense of angst connected to the questions of what it means when you can't trust your heart, Tomasko delivers moments of softness, contemplation, and wanting that resound in rhythms reflecting arrhythmia. The next moment is not always what you expect, but you must carry on with it and follow where they lead."

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