Poetry at Large - Academy Talk

On May 3, 2016, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, held an evening poetry reading and panel discussion at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. The following poets participated:

  • Kimberly Blaeser — poet, scholar, and current Wisconsin Poet Laureate
  • Fabu — poet, community organizer, and former Madison Poet Laureate
  • Dion Kempthorne — poet, scholar, and dean emeritus of UW–Richland Center
  • Timothy Yu — poet and UW-Madison associate professor of English and Asian American studies

Each poet shared a short reading of their own work which reflected diverse perspectives of being a poet in Wisconsin. Following the readings, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser lead the poet panel in a discussion about how writers relate to their own communities, people and places.

From urban areas to the north woods of Wisconsin, the poets shared their thoughts about how Wisconsin history has shaped writing. The panelists pointed out Wisconsin is more diverse historically than many people realize. They noted, as poets we have a unique ability to write ongoing history by giving voice to diversity from communities throughout the state.

The panel also shared that as poets we gain strength through coming together in writing communities, even though the act of writing may take place alone. It is in these creative community settings where poets can make a difference raising awareness of rich, diverse cultures in our state, along with opening awareness of issues such preserving our natural resources and natural areas. 

Guest Blogger
Annette L. Grunseth, Green Bay

Poetry at Large - Poetry Speaks at MMoCA

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Poetry Speaks
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Apr 8

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a combination Member Event and Poetry Speaks opening exhibit. (It was a busy night!)

Poetry Speaks kicked off with a poetry reading from invited poets from the exhibit. The exhibit will continue as a video display in the lobby.

The poems were co-curated by Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Sadie Busse of Cowfeather Press Productions.

Tori Grant Welhouse
VP WFOP Northeast
Guest Blogger

April is National Poetry Month

This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Learn more here.

Request this year's poster here.

Guest Blog
Tori Grant Welhouse
WFOP, Northeast

Poetry at Large - Juan Filipe Herrera

Juan Filipe Herrera gave a poetry reading in Milwaukee Thursday night, March 3. Over 600+ people attended which is a phenomenal response to poetry. I wasn't able to be there for the reading, but I did make it to the Craft Talk the next day.

Juan Filipe Herrera, UW-Milwaukee, March 4, 2016

Juan mostly talked about writing, his approach and misconceptions about the act of writing, but the crowd did prevail upon him to read his poem Poem by Poem.

** You might have to adjust the volume on your computer or other device. **

Guest Blog by
Tori Grant Welhouse
WFOP VP, Northeast