Slow Lit Reading

We all know community-supported agriculture has played a vital role in supporting local farmers and providing healthier food in Madison. Now you can support local poets and feed your soul through Slow Lit shares at ALL! Three of our participating poets will read at our Slow Lit share-pickup event. 

Each share will include a recent signed book by one of our esteemed local poets, a “Local Poet” t-shirt, and other locally-sourced surprises. The shares cost only $30 each. A Slow Lit share gives you the perfect excuse to unwind with a good book while sporting your “Local Poet” pride. Get your share today! 

Note: We'll also have recent books by Robin Smith Chapman, Alison Townsend, and Timothy Yu, in addition to our readers.

Thanks to our generous contributors Cafe Zoma and Manna Cafe!

Madison WI Writer Sean Bishop

Sean Bishop is the author of The Night We're Not Sleeping In (Sarabande, 2014), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the Council for Wisconsin Writers' Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Harvard Review, jubilat, Best New Poets, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He coordinates the MFA and Fellowship programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches poetry writing and creative writing pedagogy.

Madison Wisconsin Poet Sarah Sadie Busse

Sarah Sadie (Sarah Busse) is co-editor of Cowfeather Press ( and one of the Poets Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin (2012-2015), where she lives with her family. Her poems and books have won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Niedecker and Posner Prizes, as well as a Pushcart. Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes, her most recent chapbook, was published in 2015 by Five Oaks Press. Sarah teaches online at the Loft, at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival, and occasionally elsewhere. These days you can find her blogging at Dowsing for Divinity on the Patheos Pagan channel, and occasionally posting articles, pictures and notes of interest on her website.

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. 

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.

Madison WI Poet Wendy Vardaman

Wendy Vardaman ( is the author of Reliquary of Debt (LitFest Press 2015) and Obstructed View, co-editor of Local Ground(s)--Midwest Poetics and Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, founding co-editor of Cowfeather Press, and one of Madison's two Poets Laureate (2012-2015).

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

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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