Lake Effect Poets: Poems of Loss and Remembrance

Poets Marilyn Annucci, Robin Chapman, Susan Elbe, Catharine Jagoe, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Sara Parrell and Alison Townsend will offer their work in the space of Ferrella's exhibition, "Not Forgotten: Wisconsin Roadside Memorials." Copies of the artist's book will be available for purchase.

Marilyn Annucci Wisconsin poet

Marilyn Annucci's poems have appeared in various journals and in collaboration with artists in local projects. She is the author of two chapbooks--Waiting Room, which won the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Luck (Parallel Press, 2000). She teaches in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the UW-Whitewater. 

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. 

Susan Elbe Wisconsin poet

Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of the 2012 Backwaters Press Prize and the Jacar Press 2014 Julie Suk Prize for the best book of poetry published by an independent press in 2013, Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry), Where Good Swimmers Drown (Concrete Wolf Press), winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Chapbook prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). 

Cathrine Jagoe poet translator Wisconsin

Catherine Jagoe is a British-American writer and translator. She is the author of Bloodroot, which won the 2016 Settlement House American Poetry Prize and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award. She also has three poetry chapbooks: News from the North,Casting Off, and What the Sad Say, featuring translations of work by Uruguayan poet Paula Simonetti. Her work has appeared in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL anthology, The Writer’s Almanac,Poetry Daily, American Poetry Review, and many other literary magazines. She is a contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life series.

Wisconsin Poet and Writer Jesse Lee Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books of fiction, memoir and poetry and also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is the editor of the anthologies Earth, Water and Sky: An Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry and América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets. She is currently the Zona Gale Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing.

Sara Parrell Wisconsin poet

Sara Parrell’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, qarrtsiluni, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, and she co-founded the Bridge Poetry Series at the Chazen Museum of Art.  She was awarded first prize in the 2008 Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading for her manuscript Psalms of New Orleans, and received the Leo Love Poetry Merit Award in 2012 from the Taos Writers’ Conference. Frequent collaborations with artist Thomas Ferrella include Borderland and Hybrid. Sara is faculty at the UW-Madison School of Nursing, and is a mindfulness practice specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District. 

Allison Townsend Wisconsin poet

Alison Townsend’s newest book is The Persistence of Rivers: An Essay on Moving Water, winner of the 2016 Jeanne Leiby Award, and is just out from Burrow Press. She is also the author of two award-wining books of poetry, The Blue Dress: Poems and Prose Poems, and Persephone in America, and two poetry chapbooks.  Her writing has won a Pushcart Prize, The Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, a Wisconsin Literary Arts Grant, and many other awards.  Her poetry and essays appear widely, in journals such as Bellingham Review, Brevity, Parabola, and The Southern Review, and have been frequently anthologized. Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, she lives on four acres of prairie and oak savanna in the country outside Madison.   

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

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