The Marian University English Department's Writers Reading Series will celebrate National Poetry Month with an Evening of Wisconsin Poetry, featuring Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m., in the Stayer Center Auditorium.
Garland, a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and the state's fifth Poet Laureate, has published two books of poetry: The Postal Confessions, which chronicles his ten years as a mail carrier and the lives of the people who lived on his rural mail route and which won the prestigious Juniper Prize in 1994; and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize.
Garland's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and on the Website Poetry Daily. They have also been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. His work has been praised for its rich language, its depth of understanding and its accessibility to broad audiences.
"This is going to be a really special reading, a powerhouse night of poetry," says Dr. John Walser, Marian associate professor of English. "Not only will Max be featured, but we also have five other exceptionally accomplished Wisconsin poets coming in and reading before he does: the former Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen; the two other finalists for the laureateship, BJ Best and Karla Huston; and two members of the poet laureate commission, David Graham and Cathryn Cofell.
To us, this is what poetry and the laureateship are about: a celebration of who we are and where we live, a celebration of the many voices."
For this event, which is free and open to the public, Marian's English department will be donating the honorarium it pays its readers directly to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Fund.