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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Poetry Bikes

Poetry Bikes with B-cycle & Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf

Poetry Bikes with B-cycle & Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf

Poetry Bikes are part of a 3-way partnership of Madison B-Cycle, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, and Cowfeather Press. The 10 poems chosen by PJOS to go on the bikes are among those submitted to the Madison anthology project. They appeared, along with all of the selected poems, in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, Cowfeather Press, Fall 2013. Proceeds from the anthology go to the John Tuschen Poet Laureate Memorial Fund that exists to remember Madison’s first laureate, as well as to provide eventually some expenses for the projects of future city laureates. Thirty poetry bikes are available for rent through B-Cycle around Madison!

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Write Your Madison / #WriteYourMadison

Write Your Madison, an event-based and digital place-making project by Madison’s Poets Laureate and Cowfeather Press invites collaboration and conversation through poetry about your Madison. Use #WriteYourMadison at Twitter to advertise Madison poetry events, post links to poems, post poems about Madison in video or jpg form, or talk poetry in Madison and beyond. Occasional calls are issued with partners like Metro Bus and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Twitter and the Cowfeather website.

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Echolocations, Poets Map Madison

echolocationsedited by Sarah Sadie Busse, Wendy Vardaman & Shoshauna Shy

ISBN 978-0-9846568-4-4, softcover, poetry
November 2013
also available as a Kindle book
Group Discussions: Download pdf of questions and promts

Proceeds benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund. Read more about the Madison Poet Laureate programa volunteer position overseen by the Madison Arts Commission.

Here’s a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets share poems that refer to specific Madison places. Long-time residents live next door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices. In the end these poets ask us, How many Madisons are there?

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