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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 19 Sunday, April 19
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

 

Join us as we celebrate two recent publications by Wisconsin poets, including the inaugural publication in our chapbook imprint, tinder | tender. Brent Christianson’s chapbook, Viaticum, was published by tinder | tender in late 2014, and Tom Montag’s In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013 was published in 2014 by MWPH.


 

Brent Christianson was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, received his B.A. degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and his Masters of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul. He retired in September, 2014, after 21 years as Campus Pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the self-anointed poet-laureate for LaCrosse Central High school where one of his poems almost got him expelled. He has been an active poet since young years but in the past two decades has published in many journals, Wisconsin Poets' Calendars, anthologies. He has twice won first prize in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad contest. He lives in Madison with his wife, Rebecca, a retired teacher.

 

Tom Montag was born in Iowa in 1947, moved to Wisconsin in 1966, married Mary in 1969, and moved into the big red house in Fairwater in 1976. Montag has worked as editor, publisher, and typesetter for such publications as Bugle American, Margins: A Review of Little Magazines and Small Press Books, and the Fox River Patriot. He has also edited/published Monday Morning Press, Midwestern Writers Publishing House, and MWPH Books. In the early 80s, he and Mary founded the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. He was named a Wisconsin Commended Poet in 2004 and 2015. He serves on the board of the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, where he assists annually with the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival and as managing editor of the Lorine Niedecker Monograph Series: What Region? He is the author of several books, including In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, Middle Ground (1982), Curlew: Home (2001), The Big Book of Ben Zen (2003), and The Idea of the Local (2007).

 

Follow Montag at his blog, The Middlewesterner, where he’s had an online presence since 2004.

 


 

prayer

 

I enter

a dark

room

and

hear

the

sound

of

 

           breathing.

 

            —Brent Christianson


 

In This Place

 

In this

place

 

we live

we live

 

again

in each

 

wonder,

each stone,

 

flower,

clump of

 

woods. Lost

moments,

 

each, like

this. Where?

 

In this

place,

 

this

holy

 

place.

 

          —Tom Montag