Angela Trudell Vasquez will serve as Madison Public Library’s Poet-in-Residence from March-May 2022 and will offer a number of programs for all ages (kids, teens and adults).
During her residency, Vasquez will provide workshops catering to different age groups, including adults, teens, and youth and families. These workshops go beyond just words in bringing poetry to life. At each workshop, Vasquez will pair up with an artist, dancer or nature educator to provide an interactive exploration that broadens the ways we experience poetry. Workshops will be hosted at various library locations across the city. Participating workshop co-leads include Carolyn Byers, a Nature Educator from the Madison Audubon Society; Barb Wesson, a dancer; and two artists from the Bubbler Artist Cohort: visual artist Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli and community artist Teena Wilder.
"I am thrilled to be partnering with the Madison Public Libraries for the Poet-in-Residence program! This binds my love for libraries and books with being in community with patrons and the citizens of Madison,” said Trudell Vasquez. “When I was young my local library was everything to me. I traveled the world through reading and am happy to be able to give back to this great institution that gave me so much as a child and a young person."
Madisonians can participate in the Poet-in-Residence program in the following ways:
- Submit a creative response to the Poetry Maker Kit, which features Vasquez's poem, Tree Friends, and art supplies. Submissions can be returned to the library or uploaded online. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 18.
- Attend one of the interactive workshops. Events are listed at madpl.org/poetry. Sign up today!
- Attend the Bus Line Poetry reception and celebration in May. Date and time TBD.
Additional events and activities are happening related to the Poet-in-Residence program. Learn more, submit Poetry Maker Kit responses and see upcoming events online at madpl.org/poetry now through May.