Nasty Women Reading

To celebrate Women’s History Month, ALL is hosting a Nasty Women Reading to benefit Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Readers will use mythical and historical figures as well as their own selves, mothers, daughters, sisters, and lovers to explore what it means to be identified as a “nasty woman.” As one poet writes, “We can learn from this, nasty women.” 

Our featured readers come from Madison, Milwaukee, and Athens, GA. They are Kara Candito, Cindy Carlson, Robin Smith Chapman, Dana Maya, Freesia McKee, Katrina Schaag, and Lindsay Tigue. 

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 by Union Hair Parlor. 

Donations will benefit Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Donors can give by going to and noting “Nasty Women” in the COMMENT field.


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. 

Lindsay Tigue poet System of Ghosts Georgia

Lindsay Tigue is the author of System of Ghosts, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2016. She writes poetry and fiction and her work appears in Prairie SchoonerBlackbird, ... Read More

Kara Candito poet Wisconsin

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Cindy Carlson Wisconsin poet

Cindy Carlson, born in the U.P., began writing poems on birch trees. She now lives, teaches, writes, and sings in her band Linda, in Madison, WI. Her work has appeared in Sentence, Shampoo, Bloom, The Madison Review, Transom, among other fine literary journals. Her chapbook Queering was finalist for the Gertrude prize. Her book backwards rapture was finalist for the Sarabande prize. She received her BA from UW Madison and her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Madison WI Poet Dana Maya

Dana Maya is from the Mexican diaspora by way of Colorado. She did graduate studies in US minority literatures, Chican@ literature and culture, and queer theory. She’s been published in Feminist Formations, Volta, the anthologies Listen to Your Mother, and Basta: 100+ Latinas against Gender Violence, and is active in public writing projects such as the Spontaneous Writing Booth in Madison. Her work examines the dynamics of marginality and exclusion in race, gender, sexuality, mental illness, and, in a piece written for Planned Parenthood, abortion and mothering.

Freesia McKee Milwaukee poet

Freesia McKee is a working poet. Her words have appeared in the Huffington Post, Gertrude, Painted Bride Quarterly, Burdock, and Sundress Press's Political Punch anthology. She co-hosts The Subtle Forces, a weekly morning show on Riverwest Radio in which two of Milwaukee's wittiest, devilish non-men explore a "subtle force" that messes with every aspect of their lives.

Katie Schaag Wisconsin artist writer

Katie Schaag is a poet, playwright, and multimedia artist whose work has been published by Ugly Ducking Presse, Metatron, Rabbit Catastrophe Press, Requited Journal, Nat. Brut, and Word For/Word. She is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her solo art practice she has a collaborative practice with SALYER + SCHAAG; their four-month participatory project Performing MMoCA was part of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's 2016 Wisconsin Triennial.

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