Cowfeather authors & editors


Authors from I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin at the Madison book launch. Front row: Nydia Rojas, Leana Nakielski, Oscar Mireles (editor), Nayla Chehade, Margarita Dumit. Back row: Dominic Ledesma Perzichilli, Angela Trudell Vasquez, Tomy C. Tepepa-Carmona, Moisés Villavicencio Barras, Sara Alvarado, Rubén Medina.

As Cowfeather Press, Cowfeather published the books & anthologies of Wisconsin writers known locally and beyond. Cowfeather Projects will continue to make these books available through their authors and at

artist: Cameron Cobden

artist: Cameron Cobden

Sarah Busse (Sarah Sadie) (, @sarahsadie1313) is the author of Somewhere Piano (Mayapple Press 2012) and Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes (Five Oaks Press 2015). She writes for the Patheos Pagan channel at Dowsing for Divinity and teaches at the Loft and the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. With Wendy Vardaman, she co-edited the anthologies Echolocations, Poets Map Madison and Local Ground(s)—Midwest Poetics, and founded Cowfeather. They shared the Madison Poet Laureate position (2012-2015).




Cathryn Cofell has published six chapbooks, most recently Split Personality with Karla Huston (sunnyoutside) and Kamikaze Commotion (Parallel Press). Her work appears in such places as the New York Quarterly, North American Review, Oranges & Sardines, Prairie Schooner and Dirty Napkin and has garnered numerous awards including the John Lehman Poetry Prize, the Wisconsin Academy Best Poem Award and multiple Pushcart nominations.

You’re likely to find her physically appearing in a Midwest bar or coffee shop, performing tracks from Lip, a CD of her poems set to the music of Obvious Dog. She’s a tireless advocate for the power of poetry, including working with the governor to establish the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission in 2000 and serving as its founding Chair, with a repeat performance in 2012; serving on the board of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; helping to launch and promote, among others, Verse Wisconsin, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, the WFOP Chapbook Prize and the Harmony Café Poetry Series. Visit her website for more information.

See Sister Satellite.

dethlefsenBruce Dethlefsen served as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2011 and 2012. He has published two poetry chapbooks, A Decent Reed (Tamafyr Mountain Press 1999) and Something Near the Dance Floor (Marsh River Editions 2003) for which he won the Posner Book-length Poetry Award Honorable Mention from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Breather (Fireweed Press 2009), his full-length poetry book, received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2003 and 2009. Small Talk was published by Little Eagle Press in 2014.

Two of his poems were featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on public radio and several poems on Your Daily Poem. He wrote and performed original music with Bill Orth as Obvious Dog on Cathryn Cofell’s CD, Lip. Retired, Bruce lives in Westfield, Wisconsin. Visit his website.

See Unexpected Shiny Things.

medinaRubén Medina was born in Mexico City in 1955. Professor Medina is a poet, translator and scholar. He specializes in Mexican and Chicano/a literature and culture, intellectual history, film studies, and Mexican migration to the United States and co-founded Infrarrealism. He has lived in the US since 1978. Nomadic Nation / Nación nómada is his third book of poetry. He has also published Báilame este viento, Mariana (1980), Amor de lejos… Fools’ Love (1986), the first edition of Nomadic Nation / Nación nómada (2010), and poems in numerous anthologies in the US, Mexico, Latin America and Spain. In the area of research his works include Autor, autoridad y autorización: escritura y poética de Octavio Paz (1999) and Genealogías del presente y del pasado: Literatura y cine meXicanos (2010). In collaboration with John Burns, he translated a major anthology of beat poetry: Una pandilla de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (2012). Recently he edited Perros habitados por las voces del desierto, Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos (2014). Since 1991 he has taught at UW–Madison and been involved with UW-Madison study abroad programs in Latin America and Spain. He is the faculty director for the International Learning Community and the Global Cultures Certificate Program.

See Nación nómada /Nomadic Nation.

mirelesOscar Mireles is Poet Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin, 2016-2017. He is the editor of two previous anthologies, I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets (Focus Communications 1989) and I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin: 30 Hispanic Writers (Focus Communications 1999), and the author of Second Generation (Focus Communications 1985). The father of four children, he has worked as the Principal of Omega School, Madison, for over twenty years. He also was a high school wrestling coach.


See I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.

Shoshauna-ShyShoshauna Shy is a Midwestern poet and the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions and Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf. Her poems have been published in The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest and by over 170 other journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins. She is the author of four collections. The most recent, What the Postcard Didn’t Say, received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association in 2008. Her mixed-media assemblage incorporating a poem titled “Saturday Night in Cheyenne” took second place Best of Show at the International Society of Human Ethology conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in 2010. Shy works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council in Madison, Wisconsin and helped create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade.

See Echolocations.

Vardaman_selfPortrait_as_threadWendy Vardaman, PhD (, @wendylvardaman) is the author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press 2009) and Reliquary of Debt (Lit Fest Press 2015). She co-edited the anthologies Echolocations, Poets Map Madison and Local Ground(s)—Midwest Poetics, co-edited Verse Wisconsin (2009-2014) and co-founded Cowfeather with Sarah Busse. They shared the Madison Poet Laureate position 2012-2015. With husband, Thomas DuBois, she has three adult children and has never owned a car. She recently returned to school to study graphic and web design, as well as letter press and fine art, and currently works as an editor in the architectural glass industry.

See Local Ground(s) and Echolocations

Lisa Vihos, photo by Stephen Mazurek

photo by Stephen Mazurek

Lisa Vihos has served as the Sheboygan organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change since its inception in 2011. In the coming year, she is embarking on a journey to Malawi, Africa, to help plan and build a children’s reading garden in the capital city of Lilongwe to support literacy. Meanwhile, poetry continues. Her third chapbook, This Particular Heaven, will be published by Aldrich Press in 2017.

See Wisconsin Poetry Activists | Flash Interviews.

villavicencioBarrasMoisés Villavicencio Barras is a Mexican poet, translator, fiction writer, and co-founder of Cantera Verde, a magazine that has been one of the most significant literary publications in Mexico for the last twenty years. His first book of poetry May among Voices was published in 2001. His children’s books Urarumo (2005) and Tito, the Lost Bellybutton (2012) were published and distributed by the Department of Education in Oaxaca, México. He received two writing fellowships through the National Commission for the Arts in Mexico (1993-1994 and 1996-1997). Villavicencio Barras has lived in Madison, Wisconsin, since 2001 and teaches second grade. Visit the author’s blog.

See Luz de todos los tiempos / Light of All Times.

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