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Wisconsin Book Festival presents UW Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Thursday, Apr 30, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The 2020 undergraduate and graduate creative writing awards ceremony featuring a poetry reading by Patrick Johnson. Presented in partnership with The UW Program in Creative Writing. Doors will open for this event at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission. About Gatekeeper by Patrick Johnson: What is the deep web? A locked door. A tool for oppression and for revolution. �An emptying drain driven by gravity.� And in Patrick Johnson�s Gatekeeper�selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the 2019 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry�it is the place where connection is darkly transfigured by distance and power. So we learn as Johnson�s speaker descends into his inferno his Virgil a hacker for whom �nothing to stop him is reason enough to keep going � his Beatrice the elusive Anon another faceless user of the deep web. Here is unnameable horror�human trafficking hitmen terrorism recruitment. And here too is the lure of the beloved. But gone are the orderly circles of hell. Instead Johnson�s map of the deep web is recursive and interrogatory drawing inspiration and forms from the natural world and from science as his speaker attempts to find a stable grasp on the complexities of this exhilarating and frightening digital world.

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CONOR MORAN