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At the birth of a third daughter, on the eve of world war,my grandfather refused to look at heror come in from the barn.In that old country, deepwithin my newborn mother,in my invisible ovary home,

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton stands in front of The Rebirthing of the Earth Mother, a mural artist Tia Richardson created in 2018 for an exterior wall of the Historic Garfield Apartments (originally Garfield Street School) in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Photo by TJ Lambert/Stages Photography

Poet. Teacher. Mentor. Maker. It has taken Dasha Kelly Hamilton decades to find a fitting title for her role.

Image of poet Angela Voras-Hills and her poetry book

Join poet Angela Voras-Hills for a course that will focus on the possibilities of poetry, encouraging participants to broaden their writing by experimenting with craft, voice, perspective, and form.

Photo of Mary Wehner

Mary Wehner shares a reading of her prizewinning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

Photo of Hansa Kerman Pistotnik

Hansa Kerman Pistotnik reads “Salvation Doesn’t Come, her prizewinning poem from the 2017 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest, along with a few others.

Photo of Lisa Vihos

 Lisa Vihos reads a few poems, including her award-winning work, “Lesson at the Checkpoint,” from the 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

Photo of Robert Russell

Robert Russell reads his award-winning work, “Greyhound,” from the 2019 Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry contest.

Photo of Cathryn Cofell

Cathryn Cofell reads her award-winning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

Photo of Sean Avery

In a pre-recorded presentation, poet Sean Avery shares a reading of their work, including the powerful poem, “Prayer (Song) for Magic,” which won second place in the 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contes

Photo of Christie Taylor

Christie Taylor reads her award-winning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

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