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Poetry and the Natural World

May 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Playhouse • Overture Center for the Arts • Madison
Bloom: a season of poetry
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


The Playhouse
201 State St Overture Center for the Arts
53703 Madison , WI

Poetry and the Natural World is a special event with readings and a book signing by United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Held on the evening of Thursday, May 23, 2024 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, 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 the letters and sciences.  Limón will be joined on stage for a Q&A moderated by Dr. Kimberly Blaeser, Academy Fellow and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate.


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Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Playhouse
Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

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The following partners will be hosting a watch party for Ada Limón's reading live from the Overture Center for the Arts


Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Northland College - Ashland 

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild - Eau Claire

Mead Library - Sheboygan

Wisconsin Farmers Union and Verona Library - Verona

Driftless Writing Center - Viroqua

Capitol Lakes - Madison (private)

The Clearing - Ellison Bay (private)



Poetry and the Natural World is a part of Bloom: a season of poetry, a series of poetry events in early 2024 connecting and celebrating literary Wisconsin. Other events will include:

Poetry & Pi(e) – Join the Wisconsin Academy on Thursday, March 14 for 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. 

National Poetry Month – April, during which will we amplify poetry events taking place across Wisconsin, by showcasing these in our communications and partnering with organizations throughout Wisconsin. 

Capital Verses – Join Madison College, in partnership with the Wisconsin Academy, on Thursday, April 11, for Capital Verses. This event features 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 at Madison College, Goodman South Campus.

Climate Change Story Slam – 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 on Saturday, April 20. 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 Slam

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Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate and founding director of In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets, is a writer, photographer, and scholar. She is the author of six poetry collections including Ancient LightCopper Yearning, and the bilingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance.

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

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