Black Earth Institute Reading

Join us Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 4-6pm as Black Earth Institute artists from around the country share their works.

Tammy Gomez poet playwright Texas

Currently based in Texas, Tammy Gomez is a poet, multimedia performer, and playwright/director.  As award-winning poet (Best Poet of Austin, Austin Chronicle, 1997), she has performed throughout the U.S., and in Mexico and Nepal. Her poems and essays are featured in numerous collections, including Yellow Medicine Review (2009) and Women in Nature: An Anthology (Louise Grace Publishing, 2014).  Tammy is profiled in Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History (UT Press, 2003), and is featured in Voices from Texas, a PBS documentary film about Latino poets in Texas.

Sound Culture, founded by Tammy Gomez and based in north Texas, is an intermedia production lab that emphasizes the spirit of community and collaboration among artists of various disciplines to enhance individual creative expression and social justice literacy through stage performance, interactive design, spoken word innovation, print publications, online and live event production... Read More

Ann Fisher Wirth, poet, Oxford MS

Ann Fisher-Wirth is the daughter of a career Army officer and an English teacher. Her fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, was published by Wings Press in 2012. Her other books of poems are Carta Marina, Blue Window, and Five Terraces, and her chapbooks are First, earth; Slide Shows; Walking Wu-Wei’s Scroll; and The Trinket Poems. With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited the groundbreaking Ecopoetry Anthology, published by Trinity University Press in 2013.  Her poems have received numerous awards, including a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, two Mississippi Arts Commission fellowships, and thirteen Pushcart nominations including a Special Mention. They have been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, The Valparaiso Review,, CutThroat,... Read More

Metta Sáma poet author

Metta Sáma is author of le animal & other creatures (Miel Books), After “Sleeping to Dream”/After After (Nous-Zot), Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books) & South of Here. Her poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction essays have been published in Heir Apparent, Valley Voices, Puerto del Sol’s Black Voices Series, Literary Hub, Kweli, bluestem, Apogee, All About Skin (edited by Jina Ortiz & Rochelle Spencer), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (edited by Lynn Melnick & Brett Fletcher Lauer), among others. She has served as special guest editor for Reverie, Black Camera, RedLeaf Poetry Journal, and North American Review. She serves on the advisory board of Black Radish Books and the Board of Directors at Cave Canem and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Metta is a Fellow at Black Earth Institute, the director... Read More

Lauren Camp, poet, One Hundred Hungers, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Lauren Camp works in the confluence of visual, musical and literary worlds. She is the author of two books of poetry, This Business of Wisdom (2010) and The Dailiness (2013), winner of the National Federation of Press Women Poetry Prize. Her third collection, One Hundred Hungers, won the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016).

She has guest edited two special sections in World Literature Today (on international jazz poetry in 2011, and international poetry about contemporary visual art in 2015), and a mini-anthology for Malpaís Review (on the poetry of Iraq). Other literary honors include the inaugural Margaret Randall Poetry Prize from The Más Tequila Review, an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award, and the chance to present her poetry at the 2015 DIWAN Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. She has held residencies with the Gaea Foundation, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House and Truchas Peaks Place.

Lauren lives in New Mexico,... Read More

Taylor Brorby, poet,

Taylor Brorby is an essayist, poet, and environmentalist. He received his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 2013, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University.Taylor’s work has appeared in Written River; Rock, Paper, Scissors; The Englewood Review of Books, on Minnesota Public Radio, North Dakota Public Radio, numerous newspapers, Augsburg Fortress,On Second Thought, the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, Chelsea Station, The EcoTheo Review, Sleet Magazine, High Country News, The Loft’s Writer’s Block, the anthology Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College.

Taylor has been awarded grants from Hamline University, St. Olaf College, Iowa State University, the North Dakota Humanities Council, and received Honorable Mention in The Loft’s Mentor Series. He has... Read More

Todd Davis Poet

Todd Davis is the son of a veterinarian and United Methodist lay minister and the grandson of subsistence farmers.  His poetry offers portraits of the cycles of birth and death in the woods and streams of his homeground in Pennsylvania. While never leaving behind the tragedies and joys of the human world, fusing narrative and lyrical impulses, his work seeks to address the living world through a lens of transformation.  In poems of praise and lament that draw upon the classical Chinese rivers-and-mountains tradition, Davis chronicles the creatures of forest and sky, of streams and lakes, moving through cycles of fecundity and lack, paying witness to the fundamental processes of the earth that offer the possibility of regeneration, even resurrection. Davis is the author of five full-length collections—Winterkill, In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household... Read More

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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