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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month CIO

City of Madison’s Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez, and the Madison Public Library are partnering to celebrate National Poetry Month beginning Monday, April 1, 2020. 

As part of the month’s festivities, daily poetry selections chosen by Madison Public Library staff will be featured on the Madison Public Library website

Members of the public are invited to two special receptions for the celebration.

ONLINE: Celebrate Poetry! for National Poetry Month
Saturday, Apr 4, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Celebrate poetry with the City of Madison Poet Laureate, Angela Trudell Vasquez and guests, including...

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga
  • Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly
  • Former Madison Poet Laureates Fabu, Andrea Musher, and Sarah Sadie Busse
  • Former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas
  • Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethelesen.​

Celebrate Poetry: Madison Metro Bus Lines Poetry Reception
Thursday, Apr 23, 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Central Library

Join us for a reception honoring the poets selected to be part of the 2020 City of Madison Poet Laureate and Madison Metro Bus Lines Poetry Project.​

Other poetry related events include:

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Lauren Camp for Turquoise Door
Thursday, Apr 2, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Central Library

Turquoise Door revels in the beginning of the modern art movement in northern New Mexico. The collection pushes into the necessary spaces of self-expression, refuge, and belonging. Poems from this book appeared in Crazyhorse, Zócalo Public Square, South Dakota Review, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Third Coast, and elsewhere.

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event.

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Amaud Johnson for Imperial Liquor
Monday, Apr 6, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Central Library

Imperial Liquor is a chronicle of melancholy, a reaction to the monotony of racism. Part remembrance, part swan song for the Compton, California of the 1980s, Johnson examines the limitations of romance to heal broken relationships or rebuild a broken city.

A Wisconsin Book Festival event.

2020 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading
Thursday, Apr 16, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Central Library

Presented in partnership with the UW Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2019-20 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows. Featuring the work of Claire Agnes, Cassandra Bruner, Sean Hammer, Clemonce Heard, Wes Holtermann, Gabriel Louis, Natasha Oladokun, and Xandria Phillips​.

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event.

Lakeview Library Fourth Friday Poetry Group
Friday, Apr 24, 11:00am to 12:30pm - Lakeview Library

Come to read; come to listen; come to celebrate poetry with this group of fellow poets and poetry aficionados.

Pinney Evening Book Group discusses Wisconsin poets
Tuesday, Apr 28, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Pinney Library

The Pinney Book Group hosts a discussion of poems by Wisconsin and Madison poets laureate. New attendees always welcome.

2020 Creative Writing Awards Ceremony
Thursday, Apr 30, 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Central Library

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.

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event.

Continue to check this page for more Poetry Month events!

Feb 27, 2020