Watershed Reading: Select a World

The Select a World reading featured Sean Bishop, Alexandria Delacourt, Sasha Debevec-McKenney, and Steel Wagstaff in conversation with "Select a World," a solo exhibition by collaborative duo Simone and Max. Simone and Max’s works investigate the potential of the public screen as a mobilizing force to build empathy, action, and long-term responsibility. From Becher-esque satellite photographs of islands threatened by sea-level rise, to a fictional video game satirizing climate change tourism, the range of media in Select a World reflected the degree to which contemporary knowledge, discourse, and activism are mediated by screens.

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.

Writer Alexandria Delcourt

Alexandria Delcourt received her MFA from the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing in 2014. She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is also a Co-Producer for the Madison Moth StorySLAM. 

Madison WI Writer Sasha Debevec-McKenney

Sasha Debevec-McKenney is a New Englander and Beloit College graduate living in Madison. She has been writing love poems to presidents since she was 15.

Madison WI Poet  Steel Wagstaff

Steel Wagstaff is a poet, literary scholar, designer, and education technology consultant. He holds graduate degrees in English and Library and Information Studies and is married to the poet Laurel Bastian. 

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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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