National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
This year at Madison Public Library, we're excited to announce our 2022 Poet-in-Residence, Madison Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez.
Angela will serve as the Poet-in-Residence from March-May 2022 and will offer a number of programs for all ages (kids, teens and adults). In advance of her residency, we have collaborated to offer Poetry Response Kits with supplies in them to create a piece of art in response to Angela's poem, "Tree Friends." These kits are for all ages and are available at all library locations to take home today. Once submissions have all been gathered, a collaborative, community art piece will be created to be on display at various Madison Public Library locations during Poetry Month in April.
During her residency, Angela will be providing workshops for all ages. Some will be especially geared for adults, others for teens, and some for youth and families. These workshops go beyond just poetry, incorporating various other specialists and experts, including an artist, a dancer, and a naturalist to add interactive elements to the workshops and broaden the ways we experience poetry. Workshops will be hosted at a variety of library locations across the city. Please join Angela and the library in celebrating poetry and its abilities to create connection, promote wellness, and share the stories we all have within us.
Meet Angela Trudell Vasquez
Angela Trudell Vasquez is a poet, writer, teacher, and activist. She is the current City of Madison Poet Laureate, and the first Latina to hold the position. Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work was recently featured by Tracy K. Smith, former U.S. Poet Laureate, on the poetry podcast, The Slow Down, which is broadcast daily on Minnesota Public Radio.
Most recently her work has been published in Taos Journal of Poetry, Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, The Rumpus, Cloudthroat, and the South Florida Poetry Journal. She has poems on the Poetry Foundation’s website, and was a Ruth Lilly fellow while at Drake University. In 2020, she co-edited a collection with former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga, entitled Through This Door, and published under her small press Art Night Books. Finishing Line Press will release her fourth collection of poetry, My People Redux, in 2022. Read more about Angela's reappointment as the City of Madison's Poet Laureate here.