Watershed Reading: Toast

Five poets responded to the exhibition Toast by Alaura Seidl. Toast is an installation and video-based work reconciling the tension between private confrontations and public spectacles, contemplating both what people do spontaneously and what people perform consciously. The exhibition, screened in its final form, was born of a lifetime of intimate encounters and one night of filming with community members. Alaura negotiated with memories while investigating accountability for social dilemmas, celebrating queer identity and cleansing the palate.


Madison Wisconsin Writer Alaura Seidl

Alaura Seidl is a queer+feminist educator, writer, and socially engaged artist based in Madison, WI. Alaura is the director of the ArtWrite Collective.

Madison Wisconsin Poet Joey Belonger

Joey Belonger is a genderqueer poet, digital artist, and upcoming MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. They are the recipient of the Hicks Prize in Poetry, the Tichenor Prize, and the Bertrand A. Goldgar London Fellowship. Recent poems have appeared in Tropos. They currently coach students with cognitive differences here in Madison. 

Marcelle Richards is a local writer, artist, shamanic practitioner, and nature enthusiast. They are happiest on the open road, under canopies of trees, and beneath wide starry skies. The love of their life is a bull terrier named Claire. 

Writer Megan Milks

Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist; as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Feels. They are Fiction Editor at The Account and previously edited The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 and Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives


Madison Wisconsin Poet and Writer Araceli Esparza

In between parenting, teaching and saving words for later, Araceli Esparza, writes bilingual-bicultural picture books and poetry. She is a graduate of Hamline's MFA in Children's Literature. Visit her @WI_MUJER.

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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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