Monday, October 31, 2011

Awesome Books Reading: Once in a lifetime event

...or maybe once every few months!


Please check out the attached flyer. I will be reading with Adam and his good friend Matthew on Saturday, November 12.  (Wine and snacks will be there too!)

Here's the dirt:

What: Poetry reading by on the verge crazy poets
Who: Stefanie, Adam, and Matthew
Where: Awesome Books, 5111 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
When: November 12, 2011 @ 7pm
Why: Because it will make you smile  YEAH!

Hope to see you there.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Vlog Poets: Check us out if you're cool enough!

Starting this week I will be part of a weekly Vlog about poetry.
You should check us out. We'll upload a new video day is Friday but you should check out all the other cool days as well!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Awesome Books Reading: November 12

All...I will be reading with the two coolest guys around! Come see us on Saturday, November 12 at Awesome Books in Pittsburgh.

Words to describe the evening: Legendary! Kick Ass! Fantastic! Not to be missed!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pittsburgh's Small Press Festival: This Saturday!

Greetings All!
I will be "manning" Black Coffee Press' table at Pittsburgh's Small Press Festival this Saturday.  It will be an amazing gathering of people and books. Come check us out!  It's free! FREE!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Border Theory" and Kindle Meet

Great news! Starting October 7 you will be able to purchase the Kindle version of "Border Theory."

Starting out the e-book will be 99 cents.  Afterwards, it will be $1.99.  Why not take advantage of such a great deal?

Poetry! Comic dysfunction! Michigan memories! Sarcasm! It's all in there and you can have it for about $1.

Thanks to Black Coffee Press for being so awesome!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

TODAY! Barnes and Noble Reading: Saturday, September 24

Attention all Michiganders!

I will be reading and signing copies of "Border Theory" on Saturday, September 24 at the Barnes and Noble in Allen Park, MI.

The event is free and starts at 2:00 PM.  I hope to see you there!



Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Yinzer Reading: TONIGHT!

Tonight is the night! Come out for good food, writing, and art.

When: 8:00 PM
Where: Modern Formations, Pittsburgh
Cost: $5 or free with potluck

Hope to see you there!

For more info:

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Yinzer Reading: September 15


I am happy to announce that I will be part of The New Yinzer reading this September.  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, and want to check out some local artists, this event is for you! 

The New Yinzer at Mordern Formations on September 15 at 8:00 PM.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Upcoming Fall Reading Dates

Greetings All!

Hope you are having a beautiful and creative summer.

I will be part of a reading for The New Yinzer at Mordern Formations on September 15 
at 8:00 PM.

For all my Michiganders, I will be reading at the Barnes and Noble in Allen Park, MI on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 PM.  

I hope to see you soon!


Friday, August 5, 2011

August 20 Reading

Waffles and Writing? Yes!

I will be reading with a great group of writers on Saturday, August 20.  Come support the spoken word and enjoy some edible delights as well.

Waffles INC.affeinated
1224 3rd Ave
New Brighton, PA

This will be a first for Beaver County! Waffles INC.affeinated is hosting a poetry reading!!

Here's the dish:

5 poets: Stefanie Wielkopolan, Carolyne Whelan, Courtney Lora Lang, Malley Branchetti, and Beth Fleeson

A free dessert item will be served, but you buy your drinks.
Artists' books will be available for purchase and...
we will be hosting an anonymous open mic, so be sure to bring your work!

$5 - presale only!!

If you are interested, e-mail me ASAP to reserve your spot.

Can't wait to see you there!

$5 for 5 readers
Reservations required
Proceeds to benefit local non-profit

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The New Yinzer Reading

Greetings All!

Hope you are having a beautiful and creative summer. 

I will be part of a reading for The New Yinzer at Mordern Formations on September 15.  Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Please read my interview with David Blaine and get the dirt on me, a quirky midwest poet!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Poetry Reading, May 27, Fleeting Pages

Join us at Fleeting Pages on Friday, May 27th at 7:00 PM for a fantastical journey into poetry, featuring Carolyne Whelan, Beth Fleeson, Elizabeth Ashe, and Courtney Lora Lang. These four talented, local writers will dazzle you with a round robin, work trading, no holds barred evening of live poetry.

This is a free event.

Carolyne Whelan received her BA from the College of Santa Fe where she won Best Poetry Collection, and her MFA from Chatham University where she was a finalist for Best Thesis. She was awarded a partial scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center. Her long prose poem/biography, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, will be published in August by Finishing Line Press and is now available for sale online.

Beth Fleeson is lucky enough to live and study with a Zen Master, her own five month old, Oliver. In her spare time, she serves as adjunct faculty at CCBC and Penn State Beaver. She earned her MFA at Chatham University with concentrations in Poetry and Non-fiction. She enjoys cloth diapering,

Elizabeth Ashe is a poet and sculptor. In her work she melds poetry/text/the oral tradition with the physical and site specific. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham. It took her a while but now she loves Pittsburgh, even though she's in round two of grad school in Baltimore.

Courtney Lora Lang is a printmaker and a writer. When not professing the wonders of creative writing or research to college undergraduates, she spends her time wandering the wilds of western Pennsylvania with her two dogs. Her two favorite words are currently adjunct and sublet.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Border Theory" reading in Cleveland

Did someone say wine and poetry?

Come see me read on May 7 at 7:00 at Visible Voice in Cleveland. There is a wine bar!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

David Blaine's Ten Reasons to Not Buy "Border Theory"

Ten Reasons to Not Buy "Border Theory"

1. You already have a copy.
(This is the only legit reason, really.)

2. You have that copy of Moby Dick that you still haven't read from the ninth grade.

3. You're waiting for the movie to come out.

4. No Habla Engles

5. The feds are making a list of everything you read and you have to be very careful.

6. It's on your summer reading list BUT you live in Michigan, so.....

7. You are waiting for the New York Times to publish a review.

8. Spent all your spare change on coffee, cab far, a bus token, or a tall boy of Milwaukee's Best Ice.

9. As a matter of fact, you do have your head up your ass, don't you?

10. You are afraid to confront the personal demons that hold you captive in the suffocating existence that you refer to as your life. (Sorry to go heavy on you there.)

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Border Theory" is Now Available!

Blast Furnace Press Interview: "lavender & honey"

1.) When did you start to write poetry/what is your earliest recollection of writing? Who encouraged you? Who discouraged you, if anyone? What were some "words of wisdom" bestowed upon you about writing (pro and con)?

Embarassingly, I started writing poems in junior high to get the attention of a boy I had a huge crush on. But early on the importance of the arts and history was impressed upon me by my grandparents. They were the ones to buy me my first book of poetry and always encouraged me to do what made me happy.

2.) Who are your literary/artistic/creative influences? Whose work do you admire?

I am influenced a great deal by music and the visual arts. Overall, I think my greatest influences are the everyday occurrences of life. I find that my creativity is driven by the domestic. I admire writers and artists who focus on the life of ordinary people as well. Julia Alvarez and Billy Collins are my strongest influences but I also enjoy Jane Kenyon, Saul Williams, and, William Carlos Williams and Walt Whitman.

3.) Why is it important for you to write about your home?

Home has always been a source of confusion for me. Not so much the tangible elements of home like family but the overall environment of which I grew up in. I'm a kid from suburbia and I always thought it was kind of boring but I have wonderful memories of Northern Michigan, the Great Lakes, and camping. I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with Michigan. Once I moved to Pittsburgh I began to realize the influence home has on me.

4.) Other than your ties to home and your relationships there, what inspires you to write?

Neighborhoods inspire me. The culture of them, the businesses, the homes, the smells. The neighborhoods of Pittsburgh are so interesting. I like walking around my neighborhood. I usually get home and have a new poem to write.

5.) Your poems have a very unique architecture -- how you begin and break lines -- and in overall appearance on the page. Talk about the developmentof your structural approach to writing poetry.

I think the structure of my poetry is something I just happened upon. I never intentionally changed the way I wrote or broke lines, it just happened. I strive to write poetry that is approachable, poetry that flows. My structure is born from that desire.

6.) Before "lavender & honey," did you have an idea in mind for a themed book of poems? Was it similar to that of your chapbook, or different? 

Actually, I had thought about a themed collection but couldn't visualize the book. That's what made working on 'lavender & honey' so special. It felt like the collection sort of came out of nothing and took on a whole life of its own.

7.) You begin your chapbook with "Petoskey Stone" and end with "Hickory Smoked Turkey". Describe the intentional order to the poems included in the book,and also talk about why the 14 poems included in "lavender & honey" were selected. 

Well, I wanted to begin the book with a meditative poem that was serious and gradually loosen up a bit throughout the book. Most of the poems are stark observations about family, home, and relationships. Yet, in those relationships are moments of pure quirkiness that makes it all worthwhile. I wanted to end the book on that type of note. So, "Hickory" was the obvious choice.

8.) Your chapbook includes an audio CD. Why did you feel it was important/why did you agree to record your poems in this format?

I liked the idea of having a CD because it adds a whole new dimension to my work. Once poems are read aloud they are for the listener to interpret and make their own. I enjoy listening to other writers read their work, live or on CD, and I was very excited to have the opportunity to record my poems.

9.) What was most challenging about your chapbook project?

I think the most challenging was making sure each poem was where I wanted it to be. Each poem has undergone revisions since publication but I am very happy with the collection.

10.) Is there such a thing as being "too personal" in a poem? If so, explain. Is there any topic you consider "off-limits"?

Hmmm, I'm not sure. I think the only "off-limits" topic is a topic that the writer isn't ready to write about.

11.) What, do you believe, is the value of poetry? 

Poetry has great value in our world. It serves as a tool of expression, protest, and declaration. It's a beautiful art form that can create positive change. I like that poetry speaks to everyone and can be so powerful.

12.) What do you hope that people who read your chapbook will garner from it?

Honestly, I just hope that people enjoy reading it. It was such a pleasure to work on it with Becky. I learned so much and she was an amazing person to work with. If anything, I hope people walk away with a sense of peace and maybe a laugh or two.

David Blaine's Review of "Border Theory"

Please read David Blaine's review of Border Theory.  
Thanks, David!

Margaret Bashaar's Review of "Border Theory"

Check out the latest review of Border Theory, by Margaret Bashaar.
Thanks, Margaret!

"Border Theory" is Now Available!