Watershed Reading: Our Relationship with Power

Join us for our next poetry reading featuring Madison's new poet laureate, Oscar Mireles, along with Matthew Guenette and Cherene Sherrard, accompanied by our the exhibition Our Relationship with Power by Jenie Gao. Gao explores and questions how power works, challenges the notion of power as a great force, and reveales how it builds in small ways. Her work shows how our understanding of power will determine whether our relationship with it will turn for the better or worse. Each artwork in this show illustrates a different relationship between subjects and the sum that their parts create. 


Oscar Mireles Madison poet laureate

Oscar Mireles is the first Latino Poet Laureate (2016-18) of the City of Madison. He is the editor of three anthologies titled I Didn't Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin in which the last edition featured 40 Latino writers. He published a chapbook titled Second Generation in 1985. He has read poetry at the Detroit Institute of Art, Chicago Cultural Center and The Loft in Minneapolis. He has been the Executive Director of Omega School for the past 22 years, which provides GED preparation for young adults in Dane County. 

Madison Wisconsin Poet Matthew Guenette

Matthew Guenette is the author of two full-length poetry collections: American Busboy, chosen by Mary Biddinger as an Editor's Choice for the University of Akron Press and published in 2011, and Sudden Anthem, which was awarded Dream Horse Press's American Poetry Journal Book Prize and published in 2008. Sudden Anthem was also named an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry in 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. He has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and a fellow for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Exchange. He works at Madison College, and lives on the east side with his wife and two kids, who make sleep impossible...

Cherene Sherrard Wisconsin poet

Cherene Sherrard was born in Los Angeles.  A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she is the author of Vixen, a debut poetry collection from Autumn House Press, a chapbook entitled Mistress Reclining, winner of New Women’s Voices Award, and a biography of Harlem Renaissance writer Dorothy West. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Tidal Basin Review and Obsidian III. She is the recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in poetry, a National Endowment for the Humanities Award and Resident fellowship from the Ragdale foundation.  She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a professor in the English department at UW-Madison.  

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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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