UntitledTown Book and Author Festival will promote all aspects of book culture including movable wood type, the traditional book, graphic novels, and podcasting. Over the course of three days, festival attendees will be able to choose from a long list of readings, discussions, panels, workshops, and other events of interest to writers and to readers held at venues in Downtown Green Bay. The vast majority of these events will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a book expo showcasing local, regional, and national publishers and their books.
To cast ripples of imagination and expression. To respect language, perspective, belief, identity and human experience. All human experience.
To draw closer to one another. To understand.
UntitledTown is the first event of its kind in greater Green Bay, uniting readers, writers, podcasters, storytellers, publishers, philosophers and all-around wonderers.
UntitledTown seeks to lift and enrich our brothers and sisters, celebrating all forms and expressions of the human condition. We welcome all races, religions, gender expressions, sexual orientations, ages, national origins and abilities with open arms. UntitledTown extends an inclusive and invigorating environment for all – staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors, attendees, featured speakers and vendors.
The board of directors for UntitledTown book festival is a collective group of volunteers with a diverse background in the literary arts, community planning and education.
Alex Galt is the owner of Kavarna Coffeehouse and—in the distant past—a former editor of Quarry, Indiana University’s undergraduate literary journal. Since 2006 he has organized and promoted hundreds of cultural events from lectures on the history of drinking to performances of 20th century chamber music. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Broadway Business Improvement District, Music for the Sake of Music, and Hands on Deck. A native of Green Bay, he lives in Allouez with his wife and two daughters.
Wendy Wimmer is a Green Bay writer and editor. The current director of webinar projects at VentureBeat, a tech publication, Wendy is a graduate of the UW – Green Bay English program and received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from UW – Milwaukee. She has spearheaded a small indie digital writer conference held in Green Bay annually for the last thirteen years that has raised over $30,000 for local charities such as Paul’s Pantry and Happily Ever After. Her passion is in community building and connecting with writers and readers. Her work has been published recently in Per Contra, Barrelhouse, Drunken Boat, Paper Darts, Blackbird, and more. She is a fiction editor for Barrelhouse literary journal. Her short fiction has won numerous awards and been nominated for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. She is also active in organizing area writing workshops and writing events.
Brian Simons is the executive director of the Brown County Library System. He has 20 years in the library industry and 10 of those in executive management. As a problem-solver he is looking to make the library a place that catapults community advancement by finding innovative ways libraries benefit communities. His ability to put discussion into actions is one reason, that under Brian’s leadership, the Verona Public Library was named 2013 Wisconsin Library of the Year. Brian grew up in Green Bay and was part of the punk/indie rock scene, hosting shows and being in bands. After 20 years he brings his passion for learning, literature, conversation, and community-building back home.
Rebecca Meacham’s debut story collection, Let’s Do, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction from UNT Press, earned recognition from the Wisconsin Library Association and the Council For Wisconsin Writers, and was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Rebecca’s flash fiction chapbook, Morbid Curiosities, won the New Delta Review Chapbook Contest. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published widely, and she blogs about writing and teaching for Ploughshares, Pleiades, Missouri Review, and WOMEN=BOOKS. The former fiction editor for Mid American Review and Talking Writing magazine, Rebecca advises the internationally-distributed journal of the arts, Sheepshead Review. The Director of the Creative Writing program and a professor of English and Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Rebecca is surrounded by storytellers everywhere — including her home, where everyone in her family is constantly reading or writing a book.
Amy Mazzariello is the Event Planner & Book Buyer at the Reader’s Loft bookstore located in Bellevue, Wisconsin. Amy found her passion for selling books when she began her career 18 years ago at Powell’s Books while living in Oregon. After some time sorting remainders at a warehouse in northwest Portland, she was selected for a sales associate position at the downtown location, and then to the southeast Hawthorne location. After several years shelves of service at the self-proclaimed largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, Amy moved home to Wisconsin with her then fiance and first daughter. In 2006, Amy joined the The Reader’s Loft, and later assumed the role of lead buyer & event coordinator in 2009. Amy is also a 4 year member of the authors committee for the Fox Cities Book Festival, where she has managed and facilitated the sale of books throughout the Valley’s week long literary festival. She is thrilled to be part of Green Bay’s first literary festival, and currently lives in De Pere, WI with her husband, two children, and a houseful of wonderful pets.
Maria Konkel is the Assistant Vice President of Treasury Management at Nicolet National Bank, a bank known for its commitment to the communities it serves. She has worked in various facets of banking for over 24 years, but has always had an incongruous passion for literature and creative writing. She is a former editor of the St. Norbert College Times newspaper and Graphos, their literary magazine. She also was a member of the International English Honors Society, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing. A life-long resident of Green Bay who has always been more enamored with books than football, she somehow managed to marry a very sweet man who owns a Packer memorabilia store. Maria continues to read voraciously, write impulsively, and is excited to be on the Board as Treasurer of Untitled Town.
A firm believer in never falling in love with her own ideas, Morgan has grown from Copywriter to Associate Creative Director in a few short years. In her role at The Karma Group, Morgan works closely with clients, strategists, designers, other writers, media reps—even psychologists—to build organizational brands that engage multiple human intelligences. With a Creative Writing background and nearly a decade of experience, she helps lead concept and campaign development for global, regional, b2b, and non-profit entities.