October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
JOIN US FOR A LATE AFTERNOON READING WITH POETS
ROBIN CHAPMAN AND ALISON TOWNSEND
A light reception and conversation with the poets follows the reading
Robin Chapman writes poetry of our natural world, her Atomic City childhood, chaos, and her Eagle Heights garden in Madison. Her ten award-winning books of poetry include Abundance (Cider Press Review’s Book Award), Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos, with J.C. Sprott’s explanations and fractals (Posner Award), Six True Things, recipient of one of Wisconsin Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Poetry awards, and, most recently, The Only Home We Know, also recipient of a WLA award. She has been awarded the Helen Howe Poetry Prize from Appalachia and artist residencies from Vermont Studio Center and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Her poems have appeared recently in The Hudson Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.
Alison Townsend is the author of a collection of short essays, The Persistence of Rivers, and two award-winning books of poetry, The Blue Dress and Persephone in America. Her poetry and nonfiction appear widely and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Essays 2020. She won the 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize. Emerita professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, she lives on four acres of prairie and oak savanna in the farm country outside Madison, the inspiration for her new essay collection, The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2021.