OCTOBER 13-16, 2022

and year round


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.

Angie Trudell Vasquez

About Presenter Angie Trudell Vasquez



Angie Trudell Vasquez is a 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican-American writer, editor, publisher, and the current poet laureate of Madison, Wisconsin (2020-2024). She holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Finishing Line Press published her collections, In Light, Always Light, in May 2019, and My People Redux, in January 2022. In 2021, she attended the Macondo Writers Workshop started by Sandra Cisneros, and became a fellow, also known as a Macondista. Her poems have appeared most recently in the Yellow Medecine Review, Sheltering with Poems, In Other Words, Hope is the Thing, and can be found online on Poem-A-Day, The Poetry Foundation's website, and the South Florida Poetry Journal among other places. In 2020 she published and co-edited a poetry anthology of Wisconsin poets, Through This Door, with then current poet laureate of Wisconsin, Margaret Rozga, through her press Art Night Books. In 2021 she was one of the recipients of a Creative Community Champion Award from Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Today she is the Chair for the Campaign, and together with her husband will co-host WORT 89.90 FM's show Madison BookBeat once a month interviewing writers and their recent books in 2022. 


My People Redux

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.



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.


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.


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.


Justice Freedom Herbs

Madison Public Library logo

201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703

© 2013-2022


join the conversation #wibookfest

we couldn't do it without you: