Poetry Reading
February 3 (Sunday) • 6-7pm

Ten poets share their work,
inspired by our current exhibition
Responding, A Conversation in Color

Poetry Reading Participants and their Bios

Beth Bretl
Beth Bretl is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s PhD program in Creative Writing. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several journals, including The Southern Review, The Boiler, and North American Review.

Jordan Dunn
Jordan Dunn is a poet and printmaker. He is the author of Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action (forthcoming from Partly Press and the Lynden Sculpture Garden), in addition to the chapbooks The Greek Herbal of Dioscorides (Oxeye Press), The Land of Little Rain (Well Greased Press), and Form 32 (Cannot Exist), as well as numerous pamphlets and broadsides. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he edits and publishes Oxeye Press. Website: oxeyepress.org.

Annie Grizzle
Annie Grizzle is a multimedia artist currently based in Milwaukee. She finds great joy in the experimental, with credits involving that of poetry, music, photography, and filmmaking. Much of her work can be found on her website: anniegrizzle.com.

Jenny Gropp
Jenny Gropp's first collection of poetry and prose, The Hominine Egg, was released in 2017 from Kore Press. Her writing appears in FenceDenver QuarterlyBest New PoetsSeattle ReviewColorado Review, Seneca Review, Typo, and DIAGRAM, among others. Formerly, she has taught creative writing, and served as managing editor of the Georgia Review and as editor of Black Warrior Review. She now directs Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, with the poet Laura Solomon. 

Sam Pekarske
Sam Pekarske is a poet and musician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While exploring the folds of her city and the boundaries of her place in the world, she often uses brash metaphor alongside tender and exposed language. As a writer in residence at Var Gallery, she has explored ekphrastic writing through the visual art displayed in the series of galleries as well as by hosting two poetry reading series within the space. Her collection, Alms for the Bored (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2018) sits alongside various journal publications and she works professionally as a commercial copywriter. More information can be found at spekarske.com.

Oody Petty
Oody Petty is a Wisconsin poet and graduate from the PhD program in Creative Writing at UWM, where she taught classes in writing and English literature. Her poetry has been featured in many small press publications.

Karl Pradel
Karl Pradel earned his BA in creative writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Karl likes to string disparate details together to form somewhat believable narratives. He often builds his poems around a few words that come to mind for one reason or another, hoping the end result might resemble something that can be shared and enjoyed. Karl lives in Port Washington with his son William, his dog Ivan, and his bicycle. He makes his living as a copywriter.

Bethany Price
Bethany Price is a published poet based in Milwaukee. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UWM and she has been hosting poetry readings and writers’ workshops at various places around Milwaukee. Her two collections of poetry are by local presses Pity Milk and Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, and her third collection Unicorn, Burning is forthcoming in April from Seattle-based Papeachu Press. Bethany is also a stylist and creative director of a photography series called Plush Decay. Website: wixsite.com/bethanyprice.

Laura Solomon
Laura Solomon’s books of poetry include The Hermit (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), Blue and Red Things (2007), and Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2001). She has worked as a translator from French, Italian, and Slovene and has taught writing for the University of Georgia, Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she received her MFA. Solomon has also worked with a number of literary journals and small presses, including Verse and Verse Press (now Wave Books), the early online journal castagraf, which she ran from 2002–2005, and the Georgia ReviewShe and her partner Jenny Gropp are the new executive directors of Woodland Pattern Book CenterRecent poetry can be found in the Brooklyn Rail.

Tad Phippen Wente
Tad Phippen Wente’s writing is rooted in nature, in memory, in the connections between our child and adult selves, and in life’s ironies. Often narrative in style, her poems usually include a twist or juxtaposition, some small surprise for the reader, either joyful or thought-provoking. Her writing continues to evolve in various genres such as flash fiction, memoir, novel and hybrid forms, while she explores ideas through poetic forms and free verse. Tad has a M.A. in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee and often studies at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. Teaching high school creative writing and journalism has guided her learning considerably as well. Her poems have been published in various Wisconsin publications.

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