Intersections: Writing Where You're From

All of us are a complex mix of identities that are, in large part, informed by where we have been—by the people and the places that we come from. Whether we identify as rural, urban, or suburban; as native, immigrant, or exile, we are marked by place and we make a mark on places we live by how we choose to live. This intersection of place and identity is reflected in the language we use and the stories we tell. Through readings and conversation, we will explore this intersection from a variety of angles, while also talking about practical craft matters involved in writing through and about this intersection.

The Watershed Reading Series is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc, charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. 

This event is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and will be held at Olbrich Gardens located at 3330 Atwood Ave in Madison.

Derrick Austin poet BOA

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He is the 2016–2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at The Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing and was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Wisconsin Poet Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham's most recent collection of poems is Cold Pastoral from Milkweed Editions. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Agate Nesaule Wisconsin author

Agate Nesaule experienced the turmoil of World War II and its aftermath in Europe, came to the United States at age twelve, and was a Professor of English and a founder of Women's Studies at UW-Whitewater.  Her award winning memoir A Woman in Amber: Healing the Trauma of War and Exile is also a mother/daughter story. Her novel In Love with Jerzy Kosinski deals with Latvian Immigrants settled in the Midwest.  She is at currently at work on Coming Home, a memoir about literal, spiritual, symbolic returns, and she is editing three of her books in Latvian, which will be published in Latvia. 

Writer Alexandria Delcourt

Alexandria Delcourt received her MFA from the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing in 2014. She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is also a Co-Producer for the Madison Moth StorySLAM. 

Jennifer Morales Wisconsin writer

Jennifer Morales is a poet, fiction writer, and performance artist living in rural Wisconsin. Meet Me Halfway, her collection of short stories about race relations in Milwaukee (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), was selected by the Wisconsin Center for the Book as 2016 Book of the Year, among other honors. Recent publications include poetry in MAYDAY Magazine, Glass Poetry Journal, Kenning Journal, Stoneboat, and I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin, and fiction in The Long Story and Temenos.

Robin Smith Chapman Wisconsin poet

Poet Robin Chapman mixes language and landscape with her nonlinear science, poetry, and art. She'll read from her just-published ninth collection of poems, Six True Things, (Tebot Bach), an account of growing up in the Manhattan Project town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the "Atomic City;" and from Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos, a collaboration with physicist Clint Sprott's fractals and explanations. She collaborates with artists, musicians, and scientists in work and teaches week-long workshops at The Clearing and Bjorkllunden in Door County. She is retired from UW-Madison's Waisman Center and Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

McKenna Patterson Photography

Erin Ruzicka Trondson is the winner of the third annual Apprentice House Chapbook Competition for her manuscript Nesting. Her manuscript SilkSutures was a finalist for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize in 2013. Trondson’s poetry has also appeared in such journals as So to Speak, Cold Mountain Review, Cheat River Review, About Place Journal, and Connections.  She was a day fellow at Edenfred’s arts residency program, part of the Terry Family Foundation in Madison. She holds a BA and MS from UW Madison and is currently the Executive Director of Woodland Montessori School in Madison, and is an adjunct at UW River Falls.  She lives in the country outside of Madison with her husband, daughters, cats, dog, and eleven chickens.

Roberta Hill Wisconsin poet

Roberta J. Hill (Oneida) is a poet, fiction writer and scholar.  Her most recent poetry publication is Cicadas:  New and Selected Poetry (Holy Cow! Press, 2013).  Her short story, "Reading the Streets," was published in 2016 in the International Writing Program's online journal, Narrative Witness #2, "Indigenous Peoples:  Australia-United States" online:  She edited the July 2014 issue of the Black Earth Institute's journal, About Place, "Enlightened Visions," available online:  She is a Professor of English and American Indian Studies and is affiliated with The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   

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