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:

Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m. Arts + Literature Laboratory (2021 Winnebago Street, Madison). Join writers of fiction and poetry for ALL’s first Watershed Series in 2019! Featured poet Beatrice Szymkowiak newly arrived from Portland, Oregon, will be joined by beloved local Madison poet, Ron Czerwien, and current MFA students at UW-Madison, Alexis Sears and Danie Shokoohi. Beatrice will be reading from her new book, Red Zone, a poetry book for our times. Ron also has a new book out entitled, a little rain, a little more. Come support your local arts, buy books, get them signed by the writers, and meet emerging writers. Celebrate the new year with art!

Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. four, count ‘em, four! (Jeanie, Richard, Ronnie and Ron) Bent Paddle authors will read at the Village Booksmith in Baraboo. An open mic follows the reading, so bring a poem or two!

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.

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Another Bent Paddle author reading, this time at Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison.

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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