Thursday, April 23, 2015

Poets and Patrons Workshop Saturday

Thinking about writing a love poem? Worried that it might sound more like a greeting card than a message from the heart? Avoid the schmaltz syndrome by signing up for a decidedly unsentimental love poetry workshop with Marilyn Taylor. Her experiments with voice, image and form will have you writing poems that favor "attitude" over platitude-- and and are just about guaranteed to have the recipient swooning. And even if they don't, you'll have learned some valuable techniques for expressing emotion in your poetry more effectively and gracefully than ever before.

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin (2009 and 2010) and of the city of Milwaukee (2004 and 2005), is the author of six collections of poetry. Her award-winning poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, The American Scholar, Able Muse, Measure, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and the recent Random House anthology titled Villanelles. Marilyn taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years for the Department of English and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also served for five years as a contributing editor and regular poetry columnist for The Writer magazine, where her “Poet to Poet” column on poetic craft appeared bi-monthly. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sits on the advisory board of Western State Colorado University’s low-residency MFA program. She recently moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Madison where she continues to write and teach.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Write! Chicago March 14th

Hello Poets!

     The next Write! Chicago outing of Poets & Patrons is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art.  We will be viewing  “Convergence: A Poetic Dialogue” which is an exhibition of collaborative works created by twenty pairs of visual artists and poets.  Two of the poets will be giving a reading at 2:00 pm.  Also on display  from the permanent collection is “Abstract Way” featuring art that seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects by exploring form and color.

     We will meet at the Institute when it opens at noon for our tour and afterwards adjourn to Shokolad (Ukranian for chocolate), a bakery cafĂ© down the street, to write and share.

     The Institute is located at 2320 W. Chicago Avenue, west of the Kennedy Expressway, near Western Avenue.  Unfortunately it is not easily accessible by public transportation, but street parking is readily available.  The closest parking lot is several blocks southwest at 4116 N. Artesian, near the intersection of Western and Grand.

     There is no admission charge to the Institute but a donation of $5-10 is suggested.  If you plan to join us, please contact Debby Rohde at

Caroline Johnson

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Workshop

Please join us February 28, 2015 when Al DeGenova will lead a workshop on Confessional Poetry. More details will be available soon.