Shhh...The Propaganda Reading

In conjunction with our February art exhibit, Shhh…, which surveys a landscape of propaganda, information and disinformation darkened by political uncertainty. It’s a story of amorphous narratives, irrational conclusions and omnipresent media – an epic of a nation coming apart under the pressure of its own freedoms and liberties. The exhibit will feature new works picturing democracy’s struggles with its personification set against a backdrop of World War II propaganda posters. Four poets examine the roles of government-sanctioned information in contemporary American lives. 

H.V. Crammond poet

H.V. CRAMOND is the founding Poetry Editor of Requited Journal and a yoga teacher. Tenure Track, the musical she co-wrote with Cayenne Sullivan was featured in the Premier Premieres festival of new musicals in June 2016. Some recent and forthcoming work can be found in Soundless Poetry, Ignavia, death hums, Crack the Spine, BlazeVOX, Menacing Hedge, Adanna, So to Speak, Thank You for Swallowing, Dusie, Masque & Spectacle, Matter, and elsewhere. 

Elizabeth Hoover Milwaukee poet

Elizabeth Hoover’s poetry has appeared in Epoch, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Awl, among others. She received the 2017 Boulevard emerging poetry contest, the 2015 Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize from IthacaLit, and the 2014 StoryQuarterly essay prize. Her book reviews and criticism have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, Tupelo Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner.

Patrick Johnson Madison Wisconsin poet

Patrick Johnson works at UW Hospital while preparing to become a physician assistant. A graduate of Washington University's MFA program and UW-Madison's English Department, he has published poems from his manuscript “Gatekeeper” on the internet, anonymity, love, and philosophy. "Gatekeeper" has been a finalist for Milkweed Editions' Lindquist and Vennum Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series Poetry Prize. In his spare time he enjoys lifting weights, progressive politics, and cooking. 

Dylan Weir poet

Dylan Weir is a poet currently working on his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches Creative Writing & Composition. His work can be found in Blue Earth Review, North American Review, Rhino, Tinderbox, Word Riot, and Yemassee. Dylan also teaches a Poetry Workshop at the Oakhill Correctional Institution. You can find him on twitter @dylanweird 


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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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