Coming Up

May 9, 1–4 pm: Poetry workshop at Oshkosh Public Library

May 12, noon: Read at Westfield Add-Life Mealsite

May 29, 6 pm: Read at The Reader's Loft, Green Bay

June 5, 7 pm: Reading and open mic at Montello Public Library.

June 11, 6:30 pm: Read at Coloma Hotel

July 19–20: Advanced poetry workshop, School of the Arts, Rhinelander


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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

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Latest Books

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Small Talk cover
Bruce Dethlefsen's new book, Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014). $15

Unexpected Shiny Things coverUnexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011). $16

Breather coverBreather $15

Breather reviewed by Lester Smith in Verse Wisconsin Online.


Wisconsin State Journal
“Just Read It: Bruce Dethlefsen”

WUWM-HD 89.7 Milwaukee Public Radio

More of Bruce’s poems!

Bruce in Verse Wisconsin

The Writer's Almanac(Garrison Keillor reading Bruce’s poem "Untitled")

Bruce on Your Daily Poem

Bruce on Facebook

Bruce reading at HPL

The Writer's Almanac(Garrison Keillor reading Bruce’s poems)

Video interview
In Wisconsin (Wisconsin Public Television) with Patty Loew; aired on April 22, 2011. (3-4 minutes)

Video interview
Wisconsin Eye 12.10.10 "Wisconsin in Words: New Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen"

by Sharon Auberle in Quill and Parchment

Cathryn Cofell and Obvious Dog

Bruce Dethlefsen photo Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011–2012) has a new book out, Small Talk, published by Little Eagle Press (Ralph Murre, editor and illustrator). Small Talk is his third full-length book. Dethlefsen is available for poetry workshops and readings. Contact:

car by ralph murre


these are yours
the sun   the moon   the stars
the bike   the ball glove
okay   the boots
but you can’t have
the wars   the pain
and dread you can’t have that
oh yeah the rain
the rain I keep

—Bruce Dethlefsen

bruce dethlefsen photo

"if a novel is winter, and a short story is a snow storm, then a poem is a snowball, squeezed."