OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

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2020 Creative Writing Awards Ceremony - Patrick Johnson - <span class="date-display-single">04/30/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

2020 Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

04/30/2020 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

** CANCELED ** In accordance with recommendations from Public Health officials, the Wisconsin Book Festival will be canceling events at this time. We will work to reschedule events where possible later in the year. 


The 2020 undergraduate and graduate creative writing awards ceremony, featuring a poetry reading by Patrick Johnson. Presented in partnership with The UW Program in Creative Writing. Doors will open for this event at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.


About Gatekeeper by Patrick Johnson: 

What is the deep web? A locked door. A tool for oppression and for revolution. “An emptying drain, driven by gravity.” And in Patrick Johnson’s Gatekeeper—selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the 2019 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry—it is the place where connection is darkly transfigured by distance and power. So we learn as Johnson’s speaker descends into his inferno, his Virgil a hacker for whom “nothing to stop him is reason enough to keep going,” his Beatrice the elusive Anon, another faceless user of the deep web. Here is unnameable horror—human trafficking, hitmen, terrorism recruitment. And here, too, is the lure of the beloved. But gone are the orderly circles of hell. Instead, Johnson’s map of the deep web is recursive and interrogatory, drawing inspiration and forms from the natural world and from science, as his speaker attempts to find a stable grasp on the complexities of this exhilarating and frightening digital world.

About Presenter Patrick Johnson


Patrick Johnson earned his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his undergraduate at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently studying to become a physician assistant, and lives in Madison.



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