Craft Talk: Language Looking for Context

Prompts and formal demands (the stranger the better) can be just what a poet needs in order to jump start exciting new material. Matthew Guenette, who teaches composition and creative writing at Madison College, will discuss some his favorite prompts--prompts that inspire a sense of play, that generate surprise and have the potential to release a writer from the constraints of their own intentions. Weather permitting, there will be a short walk through the neighborhood, and poems will most definitely be written on the spot.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Madison Wisconsin Poet Matthew Guenette

Matthew Guenette is the author of two full-length poetry collections: American Busboy, chosen by Mary Biddinger as an Editor's Choice for the University of Akron Press and published in 2011, and Sudden Anthem, which was awarded Dream Horse Press's American Poetry Journal Book Prize and published in 2008. Sudden Anthem was also named an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry in 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. He has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and a fellow for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Exchange. He works at Madison College, and lives on the east side with his wife and two kids, who make sleep impossible...

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