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Bloom: a season of poetry

Join the Wisconsin Academy and partners for Bloom: a season of poetry, a series of poetry events in the spring of 2024 celebrating literature in Wisconsin. Showcasing the interdisciplinary power of the written and spoken word, Bloom will highlight poetry events across the state that illuminate perspectives, experiences, and the natural world. 

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Wisconsin Academy Poetry Events

Poetry as a Visual Art: A Reading

Jan. 20, 2024, 3:00-4:00 PM, James Watrous Gallery. 

The Wisconsin Academy is honored to welcome Madeline Grace Martin and Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s Poet Laureate, for an afternoon of poetry and reflection. View the event recording online here.

Poetry & Pi(e) 2024

March 14, 2024, 6:30-7:30 PM, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire.

A night of poetry and pie in partnership with Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, featuring Nicholas Gulig, Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Max Garland, renowned poet and Academy Fellow; and poet Elan Mccallum. FREE: Register here. 

Capital Verses

April 11, 2024, 6:30-8:30PM, Goodman South, Madison College. 

Join Madison College, in partnership with the Wisconsin Academy, for Capital Verses, featuring two-time Austin Poetry Slam Champion, the 2022 Texas Grand Slam Champion, and the author of the poetry collection Golden Brown Skin, Andre Bradford, a.k.a S.C., Says. FREE: Register here.

Climate Change Story Slam

April 20, 2024, 7:00-9:00 PM, Central Library, Madison, Wisconsin.

Storytellers from around Wisconsin will gather to share stories about how climate change has affected their lives, how they have coped, and what they're doing about it. Stories may range from one-time encounters with the effects of climate change, to careers dedicated to fighting for a safe and sustainable environmental future. Come celebrate Earth Day by joining the conversation and holding space for the kind of stories that inspire people to act. This event is in partnership with Mad City Story SlamFREE: Register here.

Ada Limón

Poetry and the Natural World, with United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón

May 23, 2024, 7:00-8:30 PM, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin.

The Academy is bringing U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to Madison for a reading with a conversation with Dr. Kimberly Blaeser, followed by a book signing. This event focuses on the connections between nature, the changing environment, and poetry. Through Limón’s work, the Academy will bring people together to explore these themes and the intersection of literature and sciences. Limón will be joined on stage for a Q&A moderated by Dr. Kimberly Blaeser, Academy Fellow, Vice President of Letters, and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate. Register here.

Wisconsin Partner Events

Listen to literary voices across Wisconsin and attend one of the many opportunities hosted by partner organizations during the Wisconsin Academy's Bloom: A Season of Poetry. Bloom illuminates diverse perspectives, personal experiences, and our connection to the natural world. Contact Jennifer Graham with questions or to ask about adding your event to the partner event list.


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