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Poetry as Memoir

Thursday April 27 at 6:30pm    
In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell)

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In honor of National Poetry Month, join us for an evening of "Poetry as Memoir," as three well known Middleton/Madison poets take us on a journey through the poetry of past experience. Of all the inspiration that poets depend upon, perhaps the deep well of memory is most often visited. How do those saved experiences become poetry, and how does the poet evoke a past time without getting maudlin, or overly descriptive? Alice D’Alessio, Marilyn Taylor and Tim Walsh will read from their recent work inspired by those funny, sad or amazing snippets that pattern a life. Bring your questions and a poem if you wish to read for an open mic segment at the end of the night. Alice D’Alessio lives in Middleton on the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Her latest book, Walking the Tracks explores a childhood growing up with a poetry-loving father who was a supervisor on the Pennsylvania Railroad – and organized his homelife around the same principles! D’Alessio was winner of the Posner Prize for best Wisconsin poetry book (2004) for her first book, A Blessing of Trees; she has four additional books, and has taught poetry workshops for Elderhostel at Green Lake and other venues. In March she will teach a workshop on Poetry as Memoir at Write On Door, at a Conference in Door County . Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is the author of seven collections of poetry, the newest of which is titled Step on a Crack (2016.) Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light, Rhino, and the Random House anthology titled Villanelles. She has won First Place in a number of national and international poetry competitions, and her own widely-read “Poet to Poet” column on craft appeared bi-monthly for five years in The Writer magazine. Taylor regularly facilitates workshops, readings, and presentations locally, statewide, and elsewhere, including annual poetry programs sponsored by Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Seminar Center (Baileys Harbor, WI), ‘Writing the Rockies” at Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, CO), Poetry by the Sea (Madison, CT), the West Chester University Poetry Conference (PA), UW-Madison’s Writers Institute, and the Write by the Lake Writers Conference offered by the UW Division of Continuing Studies. Timothy Walsh’s poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Arts & Letters, Cutthroat, The Midwest Quarterly, New Millennium Writings and others. His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, and the Wisconsin Academy Fiction Prize. Though he has lived for the past 35 years in Wisconsin, he grew up in New Jersey, a time he explores in his recent collection When the World Was Rear-Wheel Drive: New Jersey Poems. Last year, he was awarded the New Jersey Poets Prize. He is also the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and several other poetry collections.


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