The Watershed Reading Series

Watershed Reading: Advice

According to Oscar Wilde, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” Come get some advice, both good and bad, from our lineup of poets. In the darkest times, poets remind us over and over again how to live, how to squeeze out meaning and hope from each day. In the words of one poet, “Find something in the near distance to look forward to.” Start here.

New Work from Our Workshops

Our workshop participants and instructors have been doing some excellent work and this is your chance to hear from new and emerging writers in Madison as well as the accomplished and award-winning instructors who have been guiding them. Come hear some work, get a chance to meet the students and instructors, and learn more about writing workshops at ALL. 


Watershed Reading: Martin Seay, Kathleen Rooney and Michael Bazzett

Three visiting writers - two from Chicago and one from Minneapolis - with acclaimed new books join us for an unforgettable reading. 

About The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay: 

The Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery.

Watershed Reading: Transformations

Jeanette Winterson has said that the writer’s job is transformation. From Ovid to Anne Sexton to Karen Russell, the possibility of radical change, mined from fairy tales and psychological truths and real life, has created enduring art. Come hear five writers chart the transformations that seem otherworldly but that are in fact exactly what make us human.

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.



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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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