- Wednesday | July 10, 2019
- 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
WI Poet Laureate Remembers Walt Whitman at Dickinson Poetry Series
Candles for Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday
Max Garland, WI Poet Laureate of 2013-14, will be the featured poet at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00pm. Garland will read some of his own poetry, as well as discuss Walt Whitman’s bicentennial birthday.
While great writers are often considered to be ahead of their times, Walt Whitman might still be considered ahead of OUR time. His wild style, democratic vision, celebration of diversity (particularly the diversity within), still seems prophetic. His work testifies on behalf of a more expansive understanding of poetry, and by extension a broader understanding of self. At the end of his greatest poem, Whitman speaks directly to us, his unborn readers. “I stop somewhere waiting for you,” he writes. The 200th anniversary of his birth seems a good time to test that claim, and possibly find in his words something vital for our times.
Max Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Previous books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction Fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Born and raised in Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, recent Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire, and the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.
About Dickinson Poetry Series: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a renowned local or regional poet followed by an open mic, providing an opportunity for others to read their poetry. A reception follows affording an opportunity to meet the poets. The Series is named for Emily Dickinson, a prolific poet and philosophically in tune with Unitarian beliefs. The public is welcome and there is no charge. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call (920) 854-7559.