Interviewed by Lisa Vihos, November 29, 2015
How do you shift culture? The cultural work has to be rooted in local experience. There is so much potential here.
It’s not that poetry in itself changes the world, it’s when poetry meets a moment that it can open things up. Poetry is one of the ways that activism gets expressed out into the culture.
It’s important to create time and space in which to be creative. My fantasy in the long term is that there would be a space created in this “cultural desert.”
Writer and activist Margaret Swedish served for 25 years as co-coordinator, then director of the Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico in Washington, DC. She serves on the board of The Center for New Creation.
“Wisconsin Poetry Activists” is a flash interview series by Lisa Vihos, which grew out of research that she conducted for an article in Wisconsin People & Ideas, Turning on the Lights, Spring 2016.