Hiwot Adilow is an emerging writer who works at a crossroads of music, poetry, and performance. She has been a part of Madison-based music acts such as The Bellhops and ME eN YOU, but recently she has been writing and developing a new set of music as a solo artist. Adilow and her band were a hit at […]
Derrick Austin‘s poetry has an ability to quickly and quietly transport the reader to a serene place. His work pulls from history, religion, and mythology, while at the same time using imagery that reflects contemporary figures and pop culture. What makes his debut collection, 2016’s Trouble The Water, so attractive and enchanting is its scope. […]
Rita Mae Reese has climbed through many different jobs and paths to get to Madison. She grew up in beautiful West Virginia, and often draws from her roots in her poetry. Her path led her to work up the ranks for a lesbian press down in Florida, earning a Bachelor’s at Florida State University, moving to […]
In the seventeenth century, Japanese poet Matsuo Basho clipped out the opening stanza of traditional long-form collaborative poems and set those 17 syllables on their own. The result was haiku, a brief poetic contemplation on the nature of the world, with a defined structure. Haiku became wildly popular both in its native Japan and later […]
Wisconsin Poet Louis V. Clark III, also known as “Two Shoes”, is out with a new book called “How to be an Indian in the 21st Century.” On March 16th, he joined Tony Castaneda to talk about how he discovered his artistic voice and how the poems explore his own identity.
To kick off Women’s History Month, the Arts and Literature Lab is hosting a “Nasty Women” poetry reading event on Saturday, March 18, to benefit Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Today we feature two poets: Dana Maya, and Cindy Carlson. Dana Maya is from the Mexican diaspora by way of Colorado. She did graduate studies in […]