Ronnie Hess, Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, will open this half hour poetry reading and ceremony. Karla Huston, Poet Laureate in 2017-2018, will read first and then pass the Wisconsin Poet Laureate's torch to newly appointed Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga, who will then read poems from her book, Justice Freedom Herbs.
The workshop will begin with reading several poems on the theme of opening doors. Brainstorming exercises will follow, after which participants will draft their poems and volunteers will read their drafts. The workshop will conclude with general discussion.
The May installment in the Bonk! Performance series will feature Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga. With the help of audience participation, Rozga will read poems from her books 200 Nights and One Day and Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems. Madison poet Derrick Austin will also be reading.