Madison BookBeat host Angie Trudell Vasquez interviews Nikki Wallschlaeger on Waterbaby, her third collection of poetry. Poems read include poems on Black motherhood, ending capitalism, the historic lunch counters of the United States, and how Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee brings poets together and shapes us.
About the guest:
Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of several full-length collections of poetry, including Houses (Horseless Press, 2015) and Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017. Her newest work, and the subject of today’s conversation, is Waterbaby (Copper Canyon Press, 2021). Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, including The Nation, Brick, American Poetry Review, Witness, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and others. A recent transplant from Milwaukee, she now calls the Driftless region of Wisconsin her home.