Poetry Speaks: An Open Call

2016 marks MMoCA’s 115th anniversary and 10th year in its Cesar Pelli-designed facility, which opened in April 2006. To observe the occasion, the museum will plan a series of events and programs to be held on April 8, 9, and 10.

For the weekend-long celebration, MMoCA invites poets to submit works that animate, celebrate, and deliberate on the value of the arts to a community. Sarah Sadie Busse and Wendy Vardaman, proprietors of Cowfeather Press and Madison’s fourth Poets Laureate, will choose poems for presentation.

The poems will screen throughout the weekend on a large-scale video monitor in the museum’s lobby; a selection will be professionally audio-recorded for broadcasting in the museum and out onto State Street. A printed portfolio of all submitted poems will be available for review.

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Poets Respond to Madison

The artists’ evolving project on the city of Madison as well as the works on view in the exhibition at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) were sources of inspiration for the poems in this portfolio.

Poets Respond to Madison was organized by MMoCA’s education department in partnership with Gillian Nevers, MMoCA docent emeritus and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (wfop.org) membership chair; Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman, Madison Poets Laureate; and Cowfeather Press.

Visit MMoCA to learn more about the ChanSchatz exhibition and project.

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