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2022 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry & Fiction Contest Winners Reading

Held virtually by Wisconsin Book Festival
Monday, October 24, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine presented a virtual reading on October 24 as part of the 2022 Wisconsin Book Festival. The winners of the 2022 Fiction & Poetry Contests read their winning entries. The event was hosted by interim editor, Christopher Chambers. 


Welcome message by Christopher Chambers

3rd Place poetry by Jess L. Parker, Fitchburg  — “Neptune” 

3rd Place fiction by Janice Wilberg, Milwaukee — “Snow Door” 

2nd Place poetry by Alecia Beymer, Madison  — “A Couple Months After My Father’s Death, I Read About Songbirds Mysteriously Dying in Pennsylvania” 

2nd Place fiction by Richie Zaborowske, Appleton —  “Down in the Valley”  

1st Place poetry by Nicholas Gulig, Fort Atkinson  — “Of Genesis” 

1st Place fiction by Tom Pamperin, Chippewa Falls — “In Rock Springs When the Angel Trumpets Sound”  

Closing message by Christopher Chambers


Alecia Beymer is a poet-teacher who believes that poetry is a form which depends on its capacity to engage reader and writer in a relationship -- one of wonder and resonance, in which poetic forms promise profound if ineffable connections across persons. Some of her poems have been published in The Inflectionist Review, English Journal, Suga

Christopher Chambers is a former editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture. He is the past editor of Black Warrior Review, New Orleans Review, and founding editor of Midwest Review.

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. The author of North of OrderBook of Lake, and Orient, he currently works as an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and lives in Fort Atkinson with his wife and two daughters.

Tom Pamperin has taught high school English for 19 years, both in the U.S. and overseas. As a student at UW-Eau Claire, he studied creative writing with Karen Loeb, John Hildebrand, Max Garland, and Allyson Loomis.

Jess L Parker is a poet and strategist from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Janice Wilberg is a retired community planning consultant who spends her time advocating for older adults and people who are homeless. She publishes Red’s Wrap, a daily blog featuring memoir, poetry, and flash fiction.

Richie Zaborowske is a father, author, and a public librarian in the Fox Cities who puts a contemporary twist on traditional library offerings. His monthly Short Story Night packs the local brewery and features trivia, comedy, and author interviews.

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