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Celebrate Poetry! - Angie Trudell Vasquez, Sarah Busse, Bruce Dethlefsen, Fabu, Dasha Kelly, Andrea Musher, Peggy Rogza - <span class="date-display-single">04/04/2020 - 2:00pm</span>

Celebrate Poetry!

04/04/2020 - 2:00pm

Central Library - Online

Come celebrate poetry with the City of Madison Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez and guests!

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga
  • Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly
  • Former Madison Poets Laureate Fabu, Andrea Musher, and Sarah Sadie Busse
  • Former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas
  • Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethelefsen

The reading will be hosted online. All are welcome to attend. You can join the event on Crowdcast at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/celebrate-poetry

 

This event is a partnership between Madison Public Library, the Wisconsin Book Festival, and City of Madison Planning.

About Presenter Angie Trudell Vasquez

 

Angie Trudell Vasquez is a poet, writer, performer, and activist. She is the current City of Madison Poet Laureate. Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. At IAIA, she studied with Sherwin Bitsui, Joan Kane, and Santee Frazier. Most recently her work has been published in Taos Journal of PoetryYellow Medicine ReviewRaven Chronicles, The RumpusCloudthroat, and the South Florida Poetry Journal. She has poems on the Poetry Foundation’s website, and was a Ruth Lilly fellow while at Drake University. She has new work forthcoming from RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous LiteratureArts & Humanities and East on Central. In 2018 she was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices series and her book, In Light, Always Light, her third collection of poetry, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2019. She guest edited the Spring 2019 edition of the Yellow Medicine Review with Millissa Kingbird. She serves on the Wisconsin State Poet Laureate Commission.

Sarah Busse

About Presenter Sarah Busse

 

Sarah Busse (Sarah Sadie) is the author of Somewhere Piano and Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes, co-editor of Echolocations, Poets Map Madison and Local Ground(s)—Midwest Poetics, and founding co-editor of Cowfeather Press. She teaches at the Loft and the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, is currently enrolled in seminary, working toward a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree. One of Madison's two Poets Laureate (2012-2015), she is currently at work on a novel and a new collection of poems. She lives with her husband and two children.

RECENT BOOK:

Quiver

Bruce Dethlefsen

About Presenter Bruce Dethlefsen

 

Bruce Dethlefsen is an American poet and teacher of poetry. He was Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2011-2012, having been appointed by Governor James Doyle. He also served as secretary for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for six years.

Fabu

About Presenter Fabu

 

Fabu was Madison’s first African American Poet Laureate from 2008-2012, when she put poetry in "unusual places and spaces." She has poetry displayed on sidewalks and inside buildings throughout Madison. As a literary artist, she creates and shares writing that reflects living in Memphis, Tennessee; Nairobi, Kenya; and Madison, Wisconsin. She has published four books: Poems, Dreams and Roses, In Our Own Tongues, Journey to Wisconsin, and Love Poems. Her newest book, Remember Me, Mary Lou Williams in Poetry, will be available in 2017. Journey to Wisconsin won an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry award by the Wisconsin Library Association. A Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry and a Silver Award winner in poetry by Madison Magazine, her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is included in several anthologies: Echolocations, Hybrid, and I Didn't Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin. Fabu is a graduate of UW-Madison with two masters; one in African Literature and the other in Afro-American Studies.

RECENT BOOK:

More Love Poems

Dasha Kelly

About Presenter Dasha Kelly

 

Dasha Kelly wields her words and wonder as tools for building inspiration and communities.  An accomplished writer, artist and social entrepreneur, Dasha travels the country as a keynote speaker, teaching artist, workshop facilitator and performance artist. She founded an arts program called Still Waters Collective, which utilizes creative writing and spoken word to shape confidence and leadership with youth across southeastern Wisconsin. Dasha has performed on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, in Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match, at the National Performers Network Conference and with Grammy-nominated Angie Stone, to name a few. Her writings have appeared in anthologies, textbooks, magazines and online. she has been featured as a freelance writer for Upscale, Black Enterprise and Milwaukee magazines.  Dasha's first novel, All Fall Down (Syntax 2003), earned her a position on Written Word Magazine's Top Ten List of Up-and-Coming Writers of the Midwest. A featured story from her collection, Hershey Eats Peanuts (Penmanship Books 2009), was a finalist in the Abbey Hill Literary Awards.  She recently released her second collection, Call It Forth, and her second novel, Almost Crimson, will be published by Curbside Splendor in spring 2015.

 

Dasha holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a masters' degree in Marketing Communications. She traveled to Botswana as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy. She served as the fourth writer-in-residence for the prestigious Pfister Hotel. Two years in a row, she was included on OnMilwaukee.com's list of "Top 100 Coolest Milwaukeeans," where she lives with her two daughters and a cat named Shkoobi.

Peggy Rogza

About Presenter Peggy Rogza

 

Peggy Rozga is a civil rights activist, poet, playwright, professor emerita, and the author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad and 200 Nights and One Day. She served as managing editor of the chapbook anthology Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin.  Her essay "Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in the Cow Feather Press anthology of prose works from Verse Wisconsin. She has been awarded residencies at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology and at the Ragdale Foundation and a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society.  A sought-after poetry workshop facilitator and speaker on social justice issues, Peggy believes both activism and creative writing involve seeing, being aware beyond the obvious, and both involve the dogged determination to get something right.

RECENT BOOK:

Justice Freedom Herbs

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