Watershed Reading: The Lucky Reading

Everyone could use a little extra luck on Friday the 13th and we’re here to provide it, along with poems and stories about luck, both good and bad.


Marilyn Annucci Wisconsin poet

Marilyn Annucci's poems have appeared in various journals and in collaboration with artists in local projects. She is the author of two chapbooks--Waiting Room, which won the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Luck (Parallel Press, 2000). She teaches in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the UW-Whitewater. 

Ron Czerwien is the owner of Avol’s Books LLC, which sells used and out-of-print books on the Internet. His poems have appeared online and in print journals. Ron host’s the Madtown Poetry Open Mic readings on the 1st Friday of each month at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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 Wisconsin Writer Kelly Harms

Kelly Harms is the author of The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, available from Thomas Dunne Books, and The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. She comes to Madison by way of the NYC publishing industry where she worked with award winners of every stripe. She lives near ALL with a rambunctious 5 year old and his puppy.

Madison Wisconsin Poet Richard Merelman

Richard Merelman is Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at the UW Madison. Finishing Line Press recently published his chapbook, The Unnamed Continent. He doesn't believe he is an avatar, but is willing to be convinced otherwise. 

Poet Andrea Potos

Andrea Potos is the (lucky) author of six 1/2 poetry collections (The 1/2 being the short-short Coffee in Greece recently published by Anchor and Plume Press). She is also the author of three full-length collections An Ink Like Early Twilight and We Lit the Lamps Ourselves, both from Salmon Poetry, and Yaya's Cloth from Iris Press. She has received two Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review. She loves more than anything travel, literary pilgrimages, cafes, books, dogs, her Greek heritage and her family. 

James P. Roberts is a Madison poet and author. He serves as a regional Vice-President for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and is active in the Arts & Literature Lab. What is not generally known is that he is a devoted fanatic of women's flat-track roller derby under the nom de plume of "Hal Robotsky: The Mad Dollgarian."

Jen Rubin Madison Storytelling

Jen Rubin likes to tell a good story. She likes to hear a good story. And she particularly likes working with people to help them find a story in their life they want to tell. Jen teaches storytelling workshops around Madison including the University of Wisconsin Odyssey Project, the Writer's Institute, Edgewood College and the public library.  She has told stories at Moth StorySlams, Moth GrandSlams, Moth Mainstages and with Listen To Your Mother. 

Madison Wisconsin Poet Sarah Sadie Busse

Sarah Sadie (Sarah Busse) is co-editor of Cowfeather Press (www.cowfeatherpress.org) 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.

Shoshauna Shy Madison Wisconsin poet

Shoshauna Shy is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent titled What the Postcard Didn’t Say which won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. A twice-nominated Pushcart Prize nominee, Shoshauna works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and helped create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade.  She is also the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions which sponsors the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf initiative, and the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Award program.  

Wisconsin Poet Marilyn L. Taylor

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six poetry collections. Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, American Scholar, Measure, and Able Muse. She has taken first place in a number of poetry contests, and is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Reid Award, an international competition for poems in traditional forms.

Angie Trudel Vasquez Wisconsin poet

Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2017. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published most recently in the Yellow Medicine Review, the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces, and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She has work forthcoming in the Raven Chronicles and Cloudthroat. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2014 for her essay, "The Making of the Latina Monologues." Since 2005 she has worked for the ACLU of Wisconsin and developed their youth poetry program. Her work has been performed on stage in Portland, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Her op eds have reached millions. She has her own press, Art Night Books, and has self-published two collections of her own work, The Force Your Face Carries and Love in War Time. Art Night Books will resume publishing other’s work now that she is done with... Read More

C.E. Perry's first book, Night Work, was published by Sarabande Press. She lives and practices medicine in Madison, Wisconsin.

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