Archive for November, 2013

partly blaze in Shepherd Express, Hidden Culture Tap (w/Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara & Susan Firer), Echolocations launch party @ Madison Public Library

November 21, 2013

Thanks to Susan Firer for including my poem, partly blaze, in her Shepherd Express poetry column this week! I’ll be reading with Susan & Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara this Thursday night @ HIDDEN CULTURE TAP: November Edition!


This Thursday (Nov. 21) at Downtown Books – Official (624 N. Broadway Ave, Milwaukee) we have a VERY SPECIAL Hidden Culture Tap, 7-9pm! This month’s readers are:

CHING-IN CHEN is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief.

Poet, playwright, and actor MAURICE KILWEIN-GUEVARA was born in Belencito, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh. He has published several collections of poetry, including POEMA (2009); Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose (2001), nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and Postmortem (1994), nominated for the National Book Award. Kilwein Guevara co-wrote, with John Trevellini and Mike Sell, and acted in the film To Box Clouds (2002). His play, The Last Bridge/El Ultimo Puente (1999), received a staged reading Off-Broadway. Kilwein Guevara’s honors include a Fulbright Scholarship in Colombia and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. His poetry has been included in numerous anthologies, such as Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (1998, ed. Ray Gonzalez), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier), No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets (2003, ed. Ray Gonzalez), and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005, ed. Sue Ellen Thompson).

SUSAN FIRER’s most recent book is Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1979–2007. Her previous books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She is a recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Board Fellowship, the Lorine Niedecker Award, and in 2009 she was given the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has poems in over 35 anthologies, including Best American Poetry; Visting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press); The Cento: A collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press); and The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press). Her poems have appeared in over 100 journals, such as Chicago Review, jubilat, Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and others. She edits the Shepherd Express online poetry column, available at From 2008–2010 she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.


I’m also excited to have my piece, “Confessional: Hijacked,” included in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, edited by Verse Wisconsin editors Wendy Vardaman & Sarah Busse as well as Shoshauna Shy

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     (201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703, Community Room, 3rd floor).
    Join us to celebrate the publication of Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets who have crossed paths with the city, past & present, share poems that refer to specific Madison places. At this free event, we’ll explore Madison through language, maps, poems and more with family-friendly activity centers, food and conversation.About Echolocations: long-time residents live next
    door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices.

    Hope to see you!

Milwaukee launch of Turn Up the Volume 11/15

November 15, 2013

Hope you’ll join me for the Milwaukee launch of Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin, 7pm, Friday, Nov. 15 @ Woodland Pattern’s Red Letter reading tonight! $3 cover ($2 if you read in the open mic)! Celebrate this hand-bound, limited edition collection of powerful poems! All proceeds go to the First Amendment Protection Fund to pay necessary legal expenses to defend against charges in the more than 300 arrests for singing in the Wisconsin Capitol