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When the protests erupted in Madison in February, 2011, Verse Wisconsin issued a spontaneous call for poems about these events: written work, visual poems, spoken word, and hybrid genres written from all sides of the questions. From Febrary 18-September 11, work was published on VW’s Facebook page and web site,
versewisconsin.org. Collected on an evolving Main Street Wisconsin page, the issue gave contributors a chance to speak up in a creative venue and converse with each other about their concerns. It also raised questions about what poetry is for, artistic excellence and immediacy, who gets to speak about what and when, and the relation of art and politics. Gatherings around these questions, as well as the role of poetry in public places and civil discourse, were held at Wisconsin literary festivals during 2011-12. VW continues to organize conversations about poetry in the public square and to advocate for public poetry.
Verse Wisconsin (versewisconsin.org), co-edited by Madison Poets Laureate Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman, is a hybrid print-online magazine, serving poetry and poets in Wisconsin and beyond. VW and Cowfeather Press (cowfeatherpress.org) are committed to collaboration, to diversity, and to developing a place for poetry in civic discourse, everyday life, and ritual.
Contributors to 14 Broadsides (a selection of poems from Verse Wisconsin’s Main Street Issue, “Poems About the Wisconsin Protests”):
Sarah Busse, Madison Poet Laureate 2012-15, co-edits Verse Wisconsin and co-founded Cowfeather Press.
Bruce Dethlefsen, Westfield, is a retired librarian and WI Poet Laureate 2011-12.
Max Garland, Eau Claire, is Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2013-4), a position defunded by Scott Walker in 2011 and now coordinated by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Brent Goodman is a poet and copywriter living in Rhinelander.
Susan Hering works in the Economics Department at UW-Madison.
Patricia Monaghan (d. 2012) was a writer, teacher, and co-founder of Black Earth Institute.
Nichole Rued is a creative writing student who graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2012.
Thomas R. Smith is a poet and teacher living in River Falls
Jill Stukenberg is a writer in Wausau.
Denise Sweet is an Anishinaabe poet [White Earth] and former WI Poet Laureate.
Len Tews is a retired biology professor at UW-Oshkosh.
Wendy Vardaman, Madison Poet Laureate 2012-15, co-edits Verse Wisconsin and co-founded Cowfeather Press.
Ed Werstein is an employment counselor in Milwaukee.
Marilyn Zelke Windau is a retired elementary art teacher from Oostburg.
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