OCTOBER 15-18, 2020

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2020 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading - Claire Agnes, Cassandra Bruner, Sean Hammer, Clemonce Heard, Wes Holtermann, Gabriel Louis, Natasha Oladokun, Xandria Phillips - <span class="date-display-single">04/16/2020 - 7:00pm</span>

2020 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading

04/16/2020 - 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. 


Presented in partnership with the UW Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2019-20 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows. Featuring the work of Claire Agnes, Cassandra Bruner, Sean Hammer, Clemonce Heard, Wes Holtermann, Gabriel Louis, Natasha Oladokun, and Xandria Phillips

About Presenter Claire Agnes


Claire Agnes is a writer, visual artist, and drag performer. Originally from Pennsylvania, Claire received an MFA from New York University in 2019 and is the current James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Entropy, No Tokens, and Driftwood Press. A former assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review, curator for the KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series in Manhattan, shaman’s apprentice in Iquitos, and Denis Johnson Scholar at Disquiet in Lisbon, Claire currently teaches creative writing in Madison, Wisconsin. 

About Presenter Cassandra Bruner


Cassandra J. Bruner, the 2019-2020 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow and winner of Palette Poetry's 2019 Emerging Poet Prize, earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A transfeminine poet and essayist, their writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Muzzle, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress (Bull City Press, 2020), is out now.

About Presenter Sean Hammer


Sean Hammer is the 2019-2020 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fiction Fellow. His work has appeared in Mid-American ReviewThe Penn Review, Pinball, and Kindle Singles, where his short story “Cornbread” was named a Top Ten Kindle Single of the Year. He was a writer-in-residence at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala, Mexico, and has been an Adjunct Lecturer of Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York City. He is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, and is currently working on a novel.

About Presenter Clemonce Heard


Clemonce Heard received his BFA in Graphic Communications from Northwestern State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University. Heard currently serves as the 2019-2020 WICW Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellow.

Wes Holtermann

About Presenter Wes Holtermann


Wes Holtermann is the 2019-2020 WICW Hoffman-Halls Emerging Artist Fellow. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, GlitterMOB, Deluge, and elsewhere. He is a gardener from Berkeley, California.

About Presenter Gabriel Louis


Gabriel Louis is the 2019-2020 WICW Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow. He has a BA from Columbia University, and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His work has appeared in Subtropics, and he is a fiction editor at Fence.

Natasha Oladokun

About Presenter Natasha Oladokun


Natasha Oladokun is a poet and essayist. She holds fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Jackson Center for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Harvard Review Online, Pleiades, Kenyon Review Online, The Adroit Journal, Image, The RS 500, and elsewhere. She is Associate Poetry Editor at story South, and is the inaugural First Wave Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Presenter Xandria Phillips


Xandria Phillips is a poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. Xandria has received fellowships from Oberlin College, Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where they are the First Wave Poetry Fellow. Their poetry has been featured in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.Org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Their first book, HULL was published by Nightboat Books in 2019.

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