Coming Up

August 27, 6–8 pm: Workshop with Bob Koshin Hanson at Fox lake Correctional facility.

September 4: Workshop and reading, Solon Springs.

September 8, 3 pm: Obvious Dog, Cowfeather book launch, Kangaroost, Kaukauna.

September 12, 12:15 pm: Reading at the Oxford Add-Life mealsite.

September 16, noon: Reading at the Packwaukee Add-Life mealsite.

September 23, noon: Reading at the Westfield Add-Life mealsite.

October 4/5: Panel discussion and reading/open mic Washington Island Book Festival.


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Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

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Wisconsin Humanities Council

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Latest Books

Unexpected Shiny Things cover

Bruce Dethlefsen's new book, Unexpected Shiny Things, was released in fall 2011 from Cowfeather Press. Order here.

Breather cover

Order Breather from:
Bruce Dethlefsen
422 Lawrence St. Westfield, WI 53964
$15.00/copy + $2.00 shipping & handling

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, of Westfield, Wisconsin, was appointed as Wisconsin’s State Poet Laureate by Governor Jim Doyle, based on the recommendation of the Poet Laureate Commission of Wisconsin. The Commission makes its recommendation as the result of a highly competitive process.

Dethlefsen intends to use his position as the State Poet Laureate to promote the writing and sharing of poetry throughout Wisconsin. He plans to encourage and support local cultural and creative talent by organizing local poetry readings in public libraries, schools and coffee houses throughout the State. “I look forward to being an ambassador for the wonderful poets and poetry of Wisconsin,” Dethlefsen announced.

White Stallions

the children of the street
must see themselves
in the greasy puddles of the forenoon
in the sundown storefront windows
in the luster of the shoes they shine

must see themselves
in the reflection of a customer’s sunglasses
in the tears of the old women
in the shadow of the bus

the children of the street
must see themselves
flying purple kites on sunny beaches
dining with the family after church
riding white stallions

the children of the street
must see themselves

—Bruce Dethlefsen

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