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Thursday, April 25


Michael Perry and the Long Beds
This fundraising event helps UntitledTown develop future festivals.  Tickets are required.

Michael Perry will tell his famously hilarious and often poignant stories between songs performed by him and the Long Beds.  

“First time I ever heard Waylon Jennings,” says Michael Perry, “was on an 8-track tape in a four-wheel drive truck doing sixty miles an hour down a Wyoming hay meadow. We were running late for Bible study.”

The songs on Tiny Pilot are a direct reflection of that experience. Ranging from straight-up twang to churchly harmonies and populated by characters drawn straight from rural and small-town America, they launch from places like the overpass outside Perry’s beloved hometown of New Auburn, Wisconsin (population currently 562), a gospel service in a granary, and the kitchen floor of a woman about to drop a world of hurt on her drunken husband.

“I was raised by farmers and preachers and tough country women, and I suppose my songs reflect that,” says Perry. “Then again, certain wisdoms are available only from whistlers, frauds, and sinners, so I try to slide them a line or two as well.”

Raised in a church so austere that hymns were sung with no choir, no accompaniment, and no church (the congregation met in a farmhouse and sat on straight-backed wooden chairs) Perry and his brother learned to sit side-by-side and work out harmonies on the fly. Those Sunday mornings instilled in Perry a love of singing “clear and pure” that can be heard throughout Tiny Pilot – most especially on the songs, “842 Miles,” “If They Give You Wings,” and “Sweet Edge of Time.” Conversely, anyone introduced to Ol’ Waylon by means of a four-wheeling 8-track is bound to shoot for some boogety-boogety now and then, as Perry and the Long Beds do on “Undone,” “Somewhere South of Sunday,” and (in a respectful nod to Ol’ Hoss himself) “After Waymore’s Blues.”

Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose (he is the author of numerous books including: Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, The Scavengers,and the New York Times bestseller Visiting Tom). With no arts background (he has a nursing degree) he found himself drawn especially to the work of poets and singer/songwriters. (In interviews Perry tends to list his greatest literary influences as Dylan Thomas and Steve Earle – and not necessarily in that order.) “I remember writing late one night and hearing a Kevin Welch song with the line, ‘I whiskey’d up my coffee cup… sittin’ here tryin’ not to call you up,’” says Perry, “and I was floored by the rhythm and the story in that single line…” He began writing songs as a way to break up all-night typing sessions, and eventually he had enough of them that a musician friend invited him to play a coffee shop. “I’m not saying I was nervous, but I ripped out a sixty-minute set list in thirty-two minutes flat,” says Perry. By 2004, he had begun recruiting Long Beds. In 2006, he released his first album, Headwinded.

While the music made by Perry and the Long Beds has been variously described as ‘country folk,’ ‘roughneck folk,’ ‘folk-twang,’ and Americana, they prefer the description given by an audience member after a benefit concert in Perry’s old high school gym: “You sound just like Gordon Lightfoot… only zippier!” Nice – but there are limits. “Zippy or not,” says Perry, “when ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ comes on the radio, we sit down, shut up, and listen.”

Michael Perry resides with his family on a small farm in rural Wisconsin.

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Michael Perry and the Long Beds

“First time I ever heard Waylon Jennings,” says Michael Perry, “was on an 8-track tape in a four-wheel drive truck doing sixty miles an hour down a Wyoming hay meadow. We were running late for Bible study.” The songs on Tiny Pilot (Perry’s latest musical release with his... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303
Friday, April 26


Hip Hopportunities & Raptivism
Join Cujo, Karen, Derrick and James in a session with workshop elements involving the writing process, embedding meaning into writing, and using writing as a meditative tool for self-growth. Accompanied by musical and spoken word poetry performances to retain attention, finish with a future vision of ways to utilize old forms and old tools in new ways to hit new viewers with Cujo, James Gavins, & Derrick V. Holt.

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Dr. Karen Reece

President, Urban Community Arts Network
Dr. Karen Reece is a founding member and serves as President of Urban Community Arts Network. Karen develops programming, writes grants and curriculum, and facilitates community organizing in the Hip-Hop community. Karen served as chair of the City of Madison's Task Force on Equity... Read More →
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This is bigger than hip-hop. Since Cujo was a child he could remember always being stuck with this feeling that something was amiss in the world around him. As he learned more and more about history, and the system that currently occupies us one thing has became abundantly clear... Read More →
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James Gavins

James Gavins received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Scholarship recipient. He joined YAI in summer of 2015 as a First Wave Intern before launching his professional career as the Youth Video Arts Mentor... Read More →

Saturday, April 27


We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, & a Neighborhood
Join author Jen Rubin as she discusses her book, which is a small business story and a story about a shop owner that keeps on going despite the odds.  It is an immigrant story, a grandfather-father-daughter story, a story of the unique character a family business brings to a neighborhood, and a reflection on what has been lost as stores like these disappear.  

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Jen Rubin

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI.  An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Wisconsin Stories: A Reading by C. Kubasta
A reading of Wisconsin fiction, set in our towns & places. Kubasta's fiction (Girling, Brain Mill Press, 2017; and This Business of the Flesh, Apprentice House, 2018)  explores growing up in small towns— the subtle class distinctions, gender dynamics, environmental concerns, and relationships between people & animals.

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C. Kubasta

C. Kubasta writes poetry, prose & hybrid forms. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it.  She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: A Lovely Box, which won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize, and &s; and the full-length collections, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX) and Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press), and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press). Her novel This Business of the Flesh is forthcoming October 2018 from Apprentice House... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Panel discussion with Great Lakes Chronicle contributors - Moderated by Michael Friis
Lakes Superior and Michigan have long played a vital role in shaping our state's history, culture and economy. For forty years, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has collaborated with governments and nonprofit organizations to preserve and protect this crucial resource, and, since 2002, has promoted public awareness of issues affecting the lakes in its annual Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle. Great Lakes Chronicle: Essays on Coastal Wisconsin brings together more than one hundred articles by coastal management practitioners, providing a broad perspective on issues affecting Wisconsin's Great Lakes shorelines, and advocating for the wise and balanced use of our coastal environment for the benefit of people now and in the future.

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Michael Friis

Wisconsin Historical Society Press Author
Lakes Superior and Michigan have long played a vital role in shaping our state's history, culture and economy. For forty years, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program has collaborated with governments and nonprofit organizations to preserve and protect this crucial resource, and... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A3 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Reading
Split Rock Review celebrates the release of Waters Deep, an anthology of Great Lakes poetry, co-edited by Crystal S. Gibbins and Michelle Menting. Come listen to a diverse group of contributing poets read from Waters Deep and discuss how they’ve been inspired by the Great Lakes and the woods, watersheds, hills, bluffs, iron and copper ranges, snow belts, rustbelts, and communities that surround them. From layers of history and human culture to natural landscapes and built environments, the voices, perspectives, and styles of the poets featured in Waters Deep are as varied and powerful as the lakes themselves. A Q&A session will follow the reading.

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Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology and poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review. Her writing... Read More →
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Crystal Gibbins

Crystal S. Gibbins is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and runner-up of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from... Read More →
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Casey Thayer

Casey Thayer is the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur. A recipient of fellowships from Stanford University and Sewanee Writers' Conference, he has published poetry in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.
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Issa M. Lewis

Issa M. Lewis is the author of Infinite Collisions (Finishing Line Press) and a graduate of New England College’s MFA program. A runner-up in the 2017 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and 2013 winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Jabberwock... Read More →
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Connor Yeck

Connor Yeck’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Poetry Review, Columbia Journal, andJuxtaProse. An MFA candidate at Western Michigan University, he currently works for New Issues Press and is Poetry Editor at Third Coast.
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M. Bartley Seigel

M. Bartley Seigel is the author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing); founding editor and publisher emeritus, PANK Magazine; and creative writing professor at Michigan Technological University. His writing regularly appears in journals such as DIAGRAM, Michigan Quarterly... Read More →
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Phillip Sterling

Phillip Sterling is the author of two poetry collections, And Then Snow andMutual Shores, a collection of short fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told, and four chapbook-length series of poems. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping... Read More →
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Milton Bates

Milton J. Bates is the author of the poetry chapbook Always on Fire(Five Oaks Press) andbooks about Wallace Stevens, the Vietnam War, and the Bark River watershed in Wisconsin. He lives on the shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, MI.
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Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is the author of the poetry chapbook Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press). Her work recently appears in Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Barrow Street. She teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American... Read More →
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Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel is a writer from the Pacific Northwest who lives in Minnesota. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has published a chapbook, Fish & Wild Life(Finishing Line Press), as well as poems in Cold Mountain Review, NEAT Magazine, Nice Cage, and Whale Road... Read More →
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Emily Stoddard

Emily Stoddard’s writing has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, New Poetry from the Midwest, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Cold Mountain Review, Gravel, and elsewhere. As an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists, she founded Voice & Vessel, a studio in Michigan where she leads... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
KI Convention Center—Meeting Room 7 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


What Really Happened at the Cormier Station
Ron Di Orio was thrilled he could put his woodworking skills to use when he landed a job and later owned a small furniture restoration shop near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building dated to the Civil War and was filled with projects that needed attention. Unfortunately, the decorated U.S. Navy Veteran soon would learn the historic structure was home to more than just old furniture. ... “What Really Happened at Cormier Station” is the true story of one man’s terrifying efforts to build a successful business while unlocking the secrets of Cormier Station. In the process of freeing the spirits trapped within the building’s walls, Di Orio would have to win a supernatural battle against his own internal demons and protect his wife from the powerful alter ego who possessed his very being.

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Ron Di Orio

Ron Di Orio was thrilled he could put his woodworking skills to use when he landed a job and later owned a small furniture restoration shop near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building dated to the Civil War and was filled with projects that needed attention. Unfortunately, the decorated... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Auditorium 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Nickolas Butler Reading from Little Faith
This is a ticketed event. Please secure your tickets here.

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he's also uneasy: in Shiloh's absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.

While reckoning with his own faith--or lack thereof--Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church's radical belief system threatens Isaac's safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover.

Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

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Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
KI Convention Center—Ballroom A2 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Wisconsin Center for the Book Presents Youth Writing Awards: Letters About Literature
Letters about Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, short story, poem, essay, or speech (excluding song lyrics) and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. It is not a book report, but how the work touched them at some level. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters about Literature each year.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations. Each year, the Wisconsin Center for the Book administers the contest for Wisconsin.

This year Untitled Town Book Festival will host the awards ceremony for the 2018 Wisconsin semifinalists and winners. Winners are asked to read their winning letters; prizes and certificates are awarded during the awards ceremony.

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Wisconsin Center for the Book

The Center for the Book was founded in 1977 as a way for the Library of Congress to “promote books, reading, literacy, as well as the scholarly study of books.” The Center for the Book manages important programs such as Letters About Literature and River of Words, in addition... Read More →


The Shawano Area Writers Presents 50 Years of Writing
For more than 50 years, the Shawano Area Writers have met each month to share what they've been working on. Now some of the writers are eager to share their work with a larger audience and showcase their unique stories. 

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Lee Pulaski

Lee Pulaski has published more than a dozen books, most of them taking place in Wisconsin. From romance to mysteries to the supernatural, Lee specializes in showing the love between two men and how they navigate through the trials of life. After publishing his first book, “The Colors... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tarlton Theater 405-409 Walnut Street, Green Bay, WI 54303
Sunday, April 28


The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms
Join author J.P. Leary as he discusses the history and impact of Act 31, the 1989 state law known as Act 31 requires that all students in Wisconsin learn about the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes.

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law’s inception—tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court’s decision. Author J. P. Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history.

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J. P. Leary

Dr. J P Leary currently serves as an Associate Professor of First Nations Studies, History, and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he has taught since 2011. He is a graduate faculty member in Education and the doctoral program in First Nations Education. He... Read More →


The United ReSISTERs— Reading and Presentation
The United ReSISTERs elevates young, female, African, refugee voices and aims to provide opportunities for these young women to serve as cultural ambassadors in the Green Bay community.
In the process of documenting their individual stories via art, these young women have been creating space for themselves and given voice to their personal development.

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The United ReSISTERs

The United reSISTERs is a group of young Somali women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. This group was established in the Spring of 2017 by Diana Delbecchi, Assistant Director of the Gap Program at SNC and Courtney... Read More →

Sunday April 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Rise & Grind —Flex Room (Third Floor, Brown County Library Central Branch) 515 Pine St floor 3, Green Bay, WI 54301, USA


Voices of Native American Authors
Join this panel of local Native American Authors discussing the craft of writing and securing our voices in the literary world. 

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Misty Cook

Misty Cook (Davids),M.S. is the author of Medicine Generations: Natural Native American Medicines Traditional to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Tribe.
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Vicky Meawasige Reed

Vicky Meawasige Reed lives in Howard WI, where she finds inspiration in her family. She wrote her debut memoir, Path of the Turquoise Warrior, in honor of her father who passed in 2010 from cancer. She is currently working on a children's book and hopes to finish a work of fiction... Read More →
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Larry Madden

Born in Door County, Wisconsin, Madden heard tales from his mother about being Indian — more specifically, being a Stockbridge Indian and how they were the people of the water that was never still. Spending time watching Green Bay and Lake Michigan’s constant movement, he realized... Read More →
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Ryan Winn

Ryan Winn teaches Theater, Communication, and English courses at College of Menominee Nation, where he’s shepherded over a dozen original scripts from inception through production. He also serves as the director of Wisconsin’s New Native Theater Festival and was the editor of... Read More →


Researching Artifacts of the Early Green Bay Fire Department
Researching local history reveals fascinating stories about physical objects (artifacts). Unlike buildings and streets, artifacts generally remain unaltered and provide a physical connection to the past.

This presentation will describe the stories behind the research into artifacts of the early Green Bay Fire Department---an inherently intriguing experience.

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David Siegel

David Siegel has been with the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Metro Fire Department since 1997. He is a lieutenant at Station 5 on East Mason Street, a paramedic, and the science officer for the hazardous materials team. Previously, he worked as a biochemist after earning BS and MS degrees... Read More →