Watershed Reading: New Poetry from the Midwest

Our first reading spotlighted poets featured in New Poetry from the Midwest published by New American Press. Readers included Angela Voras-Hills, Lisa Vihos, Rebecca Dunham, Rita Mae Reese, Sean Karns, and Wendy Vardaman. 


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. 

Poet Sean Karns

Sean Karns is the author of Jar of Pennies (New American Press, 2015), and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New Poetry from the Midwest, Hobart (web), Rattle, Pleiades, Los Angeles Review, Cold Mountain Review, Folio, Mayday Magazine, and elsewhere. 


Madison WI Poet Rita Mae Reese

Rita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. An animated video from the title poem of her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, was showcased at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers Midwest Trade Show. Her second book, The Book of Hulga, was selected by Denise Duhamel for the Felix Pollak Prize in 2016. She is a co-director of literary arts at the Arts & Literature Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Poet Lisa Vihos

Lisa Vihos is the 2015 winner of the Wisconsin People and Ideas Poetry contest and is working on her next book of poetry at her dining room table in Sheboygan, overlooking Lake Michigan. 

Madison WI Poet Wendy Vardaman

Wendy Vardaman (wendyvardaman.com) 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).

Angela Voras-Hills' work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Memorious, among other journals and anthologies, and she has received awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Key West Literary Seminars, and the Writer's Room of Boston. Read “On the Eve of the Death of the Patron Saint of Those Whose Lives are Lost to Something Science Can’t Explain.”

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