Welcome to the MWC!
Interested in becoming a member of MWC?
Need to renew your membership? Now you
can use this PayPal link to join or renew to
enjoy discounts on our paid programs and
workshops, receive a copy of our year-end
Writer's Block E-Magazine & other member
benefits. Contact MWC if you have
questions about membership. Student and
Senior Memberships start at $25, Individual
memberships start at $30. Thanks!
SUPPORT MWC THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Midwest Writing Center
is a 501(c)(3) literary arts non-profit. We
offer hundreds of hours of programming every
year, serve thousands of writers, readers,
and supporters of the written word. We are
the only organization of our kind in the
Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois region. Many
of our programs and opportunities are free,
thanks to the generous support of our
members and the support of the public.
Please consider making a donation to MWC
this holiday season via the PayPal link
below, so that we may continue to live our
mission: "Fostering appreciation of the
written word, supporting and educating its
Thank you very much for
your consideration & support! Have a
terrific holiday season!
LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING @ SouthPark Mall
Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-4 p.m.
Limited Space Available - Register Today
Midwest Writing Center and
Exotic Imports are hosting a local
author book sale and signing on November 22,
2014 from 1-4 p.m. in the JC Penney court at
SouthPark Mall in Moline.
Authors interested in participating should
contact the Midwest Writing Center at
firstname.lastname@example.org by November
Registration is free. Space is limited with
MWC members getting first chance. All sales
will go through Exotic Imports with a 20%
commission withheld. Contact Ryan Collins
for more information or to register today.
Caroline Crew's THE POLYCHROME CLINIC,
the 2013 Susan K. Collins/Mississippi
Valley Chapbook Contest,
is Now Available!
We are thrilled to have
Caroline Crew's terrific chapbook, THE
POLYCHROME CLINIC, in stock & available for
purchase! We could not be more thrilled with
how this chapbook turned out.
From now through Tuesday, September 9, all
orders for THE POLYCHROME CLINIC will
receive free shipping! Order online using
the PayPal link below, or call MWC to place
your order today!
Her poems have appeared in Bat City
Cream City Review,
and Salt Hill Journal,
among others. She is the author of several
chapbooks, including CAROLINE, WHO
WILL YOU PRAY TO NOW THAT YOU ARE DEAD
(Coconut Books, forthcoming 2015) and, with
Chris Emslie, Your Stupid Fortune
Gives Me Stupid Hope
(Furniture Press Books, forthcoming 2015).
Her full-length collection, PLASTIC
will be out from Big Lucks in 2015.
Currently, she lives between Old England and
Get your copy of THE ATLAS, Vol. 9 today
The best issue yet.
Get yours today before they sell out.
arranged ,and edited by the 2014 Young
Emerging Writers and Skylar Alexander.
Buy a copy of THE ATLAS, Vol. 9 using the
PayPal link below
Midwest Writing Center Establishes New
Endowment Fund for Youth Programming
The Midwest Writing Center (MWC) has
established a new endowment fund
specifically to support its current and
future youth programs: The Midwest Writing
Center Tim Curry Endowment for Youth Programming. The
fund was named for and established using memorials
honoring Tim Curry, beloved former Moline
High School English teacher and developer of
the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship
Program (YEW) at the Midwest Writing
The endowment is established at
the Community Foundation of the Great River
Bend (CFGRB). MWC’s goal is for the fund to
provide annual support for youth writing
programs such as YEW, the YEW Middle School
Day Camp, and the David R. Collins
Children’s Literature Festival, in addition
to other youth programs MWC plans to develop
in the future.
Contributions to the Fund may be made by
sending a check, payable to the Community
Foundation of the Great River Bend, to:
Community Foundation of the
Great River Bend
ATTN: MWC Tim Curry Endowment for Youth Writing
852 Middle Road, Suite 100
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Online donations can be made on the
Community Foundation of the Great River
website. Gifts from Iowa taxpayers may
be eligible for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit.
For more information about this or about
MWC’s general Endowment Fund, or including
this endowment fund as a beneficiary in an
estate plan, please contact Barb Melbourne,
CFGRB Vice President of Development, at
the winner of
the 2013 Susan K. Collins /
Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest…
esteemed judge, Gale Thompson, has selected
The Polychrome Clinic by Caroline Crew
as the winner of the 2013
Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Poetry
Chapbook Contest. Congratulations Caroline!
We had a terrific group of manuscripts to
read and it was wonderfully difficult to
select a group of finalists to send to our
judge. Here is the list of finalists:
J. Bennett — Mural Quadrant
Bertram — The Salvaging
Brunton – Opera on TV
Crew & Chris Emslie — Your Stupid
Fortune Gives Me Stupid Hope
T. M. De
Vos – Finishing
Jamahl Dunkle — 500 Days
LeBlanc — Sudden Geography
Ann Wheeler – Misery Diaries
are hoping that
The Polychrome Clinic
will be available later this spring and we
will be sending copies out as soon as we
Thanks to everyone who participated, to all
of our readers, to our finalists, to our
terrific judge Gale Thompson, and
congratulations to Caroline Crew!
Click here for details on the 2014 Chapbook
Contest--open through September 30th!
QC Iron Pen
The Fastest Writing Contest Around!
WINNERS OF THE 2014 IRON PEN CONTEST
Here are the winners of the
2014 Iron Pen contest by category:
1st Place: Jonathon Knapton
2nd Place: Andy Pavey
3rd Place: Ashley Allen
Honorable Mention: Roger Pavey, Sr.
Honorable Mention: Barbara Harroun
1st Place: Michelle Ladwig
2nd Place: Karen Schwenker
3rd Place: Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
1st place: Shelia Kramer
2nd place: Steve Robinson
3rd place: Mark Davidsaver
Congrats to all of our winners! The judges
had a lot of positive things to say about
what they read, which we will share with
everyone Saturday March 1, 2pm, here at
the MWC. The winners, 2nd, 3rd Places and
Honorable mentions will be our featured
readers, but anyone who participated is
welcome to come and read their entry to this
We hope you had fun with this year’s
prompt—everyone certainly did a great job of
going from zero to finished piece in a mere
24 hours! Thank you all so much again!
Please let me know if you have any other
questions about the contest or the Award
Ceremony this Saturday (if you would like to
RSVP that’s fine but it is not required).
Thanks again for competing!
Copies of The Atlas
Vol. 8 are now available!
Get your copy
of the annual literary magazine produced by
the YEW interns!
MWC received a $5,000 match from the Community
Foundation of the Great River Bend!
Thanks so much to everyone who
contributed to the endowment challenge:
Anonymous Donor | Leah Christensen | Susan &
Ryan Collins | Pat Crozier
& Mrs. Mark Davidsaver | Craig Dahms | Shea
Doyle & Hannah Morrell
Exotic Imports | Mary Foster | Carol Gloor |
James & Carol Horstmann
& Mrs. Steven Lackey | Mary Lewis | Mr. &
Mrs. Thomas McKay
& Mrs. Gerald Meehan | Steve & Barb
& Mrs. Richard Miller | Max Molleston |
Rochelle Murray | Dr. Trisha Nelson
& Mrs. Mark Petersen | Larry Riney | Thomas
Spitzfaden | Jodie Toohey
Jane VanVooren Rogers |
Lindsey Wheeler | Jill &
Announcing the Winners of the
Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest!
WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTIONS
by Lisa Zimmerman)
1st Place: "The Widd'er Woman" – Jessica
2nd Place: "For wrapping trees in
cellophane" – Xan Roberti
3rd Place: "Novena for the Nameless" – Kelly
"Phoenix" – James K. Zimmerman
"Doing the Dishes, 1966" – Julia Meylor
Finalists (all finalist poems will appear
in Off Channel)
“A Father’s Favor” – Leland James
“Pictured You Again” – E.P. Schultz
“From My Grandfather’s Journal: June” –
Susan Brown Norris
“Poetic Alchemy” – Gayle Rein
“Spinster” – Constance Snyder
“Wild hearts” – Nancy Schaefer
“Last Present: for My Daughter, Alex” – Nan
“Nothing Sacred” – Jessica Glover
“The museum of truth to you” – Xan Roberti
“Vengeance” – Nancy Cook
“Relation” – Salvatore Marici
“shark’s teeth” – Kerry Rawlinson
“fear of falling” – Kerry Rawlinson
Selected by Laura Madeline Wiseman
1ST Place: “On Stieglit’s Gable and Apples”
– Beth McDermott
2nd Place: “Will” – Beth McDermott
3rd Place: “Cow blessing” – Nancy Schaefer
Finalists (all finalist poems will appear
in Off Channel)
“Gather at the river” – Betty Benner
“Colliding Spheres” – Gayle Rein
“Build a bridge” – Gayle Rein
“Everything is Burning at the Wayside Stop”
– Tony Ledtje
“Winneshiek Homecoming” – Tony Ledtje
“Sea Wrack” – Timothy Walsh
“Threshing Day” – Ellen Kelley
“Garden Musings” – Ellen Kelley
“Connected with Her Own Skin” – Nan Trahan
“Bee Charmer” – Kelly Lynn
“Blood Memory” – Nancy Cook
“Why Some Things Never Hatch” – Nancy Cook
“Fate of a Sicilian Orange” – Salvatore
“The Verdigris Wind Vane” – Salvatore Marici
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WINNER &
Selected by Richard Stahl
Winner: “Fireworks” – Therese Guise
Finalists (all finalist poems will appear
in Off Channel)
“Cedar Road” – Beth McDermott
“Reorienting” – Nancy Cook
“Foreclosure” – Nancy Schaefer
“Behind the museum at Sibley Park Zoo,
Mankato, Minnesota” - Betty Benner
“Miracle at the Main Street Tap” – Jean
“Rutherford County” – Jean Tucker
to all of the winners, honorable mentions,
Announcing the winner of the
2012 Chapbook Contest!
judge, Shane McCrae, has selected Apple Season
by Cindy Hunter Morgan
as the winner of the 2012 Chapbook Contest
(see Cindy’s full bio below).
We had a
terrific group of manuscripts to read and it
was wonderfully difficult to select a group
of finalists to send to our judge. Here is
the list of finalists:
The Future is a Faint Song,
Jaime Brunton and Russell Evatt
Opera on TV,
Scotch Tape World,
release date for Apple Season is
early April 2013. Copies will be available for
purchase at the MWC and on their website at
The MWC will
be renaming the contest starting in 2013 to
the Susan K. Collins Chapbook Contest, in
honor of the hard work and dedication of our
long-time Board of Directors President here
at the MWC. Susan continues to devote much
of her time and energy to the success of the
MWC and its many programs, and we are deeply
grateful for her many contributions over the
last 10+ years.
Morgan lives in East Lansing, Michigan and
teaches creative writing at Michigan State
University. She has another chapbook, The
Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker,
which won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry
Chapbook Award. Her poetry has appeared in a
variety of journals, including A cappella
The Christian Science Monitor,
Sugar House Review, and
She graduated from Albion College and also
studied at the University of Stirling in
copy of Apple Season using the PayPal link
Join us for
Out Loud Open Mic Nights at their new
Central Perk (approx. 5 block from the MWC)
The new Out Loud Anthology VI
is available now -- use the PayPal link
below to order your copy today!
Congratulations to Dr. Robin Throne--
winner of the 2013 David R. Collins Literary
Dr. Robin Throne
has made many significant contributions to
writers in the Quad Cities area and the
Midwest Writing Center in addition to her
talents as a writer,
an editor and an
educator. In her nomination letter, Dr.
Nancy Schaefer had this to say about Dr.
"Dr. Throne is a founding
member of the LeClaire writing group in
Iowa...She is a published author in her own
right, producing a chapbook of poetry, two
novels and an academic monograph, among
other things...beyond her own work she
generously mentors and supports local
writers and poets; she started and operates
her own small independent press, 918studio,
publishing and showcasing the writing of
Moreover, Dr. Throne has been a steadfast
supporter of the Center...Over the years,
she has continued to contribute to the life
of the Center in various ways, serving on
the Program and Advancement Committees, and
briefly on the Board. She started the
Mississippi Valley Chapbook contest, the
Great River Writers' Retreat, the Collins'
Poetry Residency, and served as a past
mentor for the residency. She started up
online classes, formatted a poetry book and
and for a time even blogged for MWC too. In
September 2012, she served as the docent for
the first day retreat.
influence and support extends beyond the
Quad Cities as well. A working academic, she
advises dissertations for North Central
University in Arizona and also acts as the
faculty advisor this semester for the Scott
Community College student newspaper."
link to read more about Dr. Throne in
the Moline Dispatch
Dr. Throne! The MWC & the QC writing
community are grateful for all you do!
to all of our sponsors of the 2013 Literary
County Regional Authority
QC Iron Pen
Award Ceremony: February 23, 2pm @ the MWC
Here are the winners of the
2013 Iron Pen Contest by category:
1. Mary Davidsaver
1. Frank Claudy
1. Mike Bayles
2. Ashley Allen
2. Tom Miller
2. Bill Hudson
3. Daniel Horne
3. C. Bruce Moore
3. Steve "Lanny" Biehler
Hon. Mention – Connie Wilson
Hon. Mention – Steve Robinson
Youth Poetry -- 1. Brooke Wiese
Youth Fiction -- 1. Andy Pavey
Congratulations to all of our winners &
thanks to all who participated!
Memorials for Timothy J. Curry, creator of
the Young Emerging Writers Program
Curry, master teacher and creator of the
Young Emerging Writers Internship program,
passed away at his home in Evanston, IL on
October 10, 2012. We are deeply
saddened by the loss of our friend, who
inspired a love for literature and writing
in so thousands of young people over nearly
four decades. We are honored to
continue his legacy with the Young Emerging
Writers program for many years to come.
about Mr. Curry's impact on his students in
tribute written by Felicia Schneiderhan.
Memorials for Timothy J. Curry can be made
to the Young Emerging Writers Internship
Program c/o the Midwest Writing Center.
Our dearest gratitude to his family for
including Young Emerging Writers in his
New Releases from MWC Press:
(click on the
titles below for more information on how to buy one of the
by Sandra Marchetti
Regional Winner of the 2011
Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest.
Call it A Window
by Monica Wendel National Winner of the 2011 Mississippi Valley
Black as Caviar
by Menno Wigman, translated from the Dutch by
Dr. Stephen Frech.
Click on the titles for more information and to purchase.
consider volunteering! It only takes as much
time as you can give; you choose your
schedule and your job.
Click here for more information!
Want to help
but not sure how?
How about sponsoring a workshop? All it
takes to put on a two hour workshop is $100.
You can help decide what kind of workshop it
will be and have your name associated
with it. It can be a free workshop or MWC
can charge and keep the proceeds,
potentially doubling (or more) the impact of
your donation. Interested? Email us at
Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius Now for Sale
A brand new, republished
edition of Bix
Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius by
David R. Collins is now for sale on the MWC
Check it out!
Midwest Writing Center's
The Midwest Writing Center's goal is to
help writers develop their craft, find
audiences and establish a writing community
where they can learn and grow in a
supportive environment. Through public
readings, workshops, critique groups,
contests, publications and partnerships, the
Center enriches the community with its
emphasis on literary arts and education.
In the past two years
we have worked with a consultant provided by
the Iowa Cultural Trust Sustainability Grant
to develop a new funding and marketing
plans. In the course of this work we
developed a premise statement which is
the ultimate vision of the Midwest Writing
**On September 8, 2011 the Midwest
Writing Center Board of Directors adopted the
and Practices for Charitable Non Profit Excellence.
and design of this website was made
possible by a grant from the
Riverboat Development Authority.
are partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council, a