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Our Relationship with Power Poetry Reading


Our Relationship with Power Poetry Reading will take place Friday, March 11, 8 p.m. at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St.

Join us for our next poetry reading featuring Madison’s new poet laureate, Oscar Mireles, along with Matthew Guenette and Cherene Sherrard. The reading accompanies our new exhibit by Jenie Gao. The purpose of this body of art is to explore and question how power works. It is to challenge the notion of power as a great force and reveal how it builds in small ways. It is to show how our understanding of power will determine whether our relationship with it will turn for the better or worse. Each artwork in this show illustrates a different relationship between subjects and the sum that their parts create.

"The Golden Cage," woodcut on paper, artist's book by Jenie Gao
“The Golden Cage,” woodcut on paper, artist’s book by Jenie Gao

This event is free and open to the public but a $3 donation helps us keep offering great programming like this.

About our readers:
Oscar Mireles is the first Latino Poet Laureate (2016-18) of the City of Madison. He is the editor of three anthologies titled “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin” in which the last edition featured 40 Latino writers. He published a chapbook titled “Second Generation” in 1985. He has read poetry at the Detroit Institute of Art, Chicago Cultural Center and The Loft in Minneapolis. He has been the Executive Director of Omega School for the past 22 years, which provides GED preparation for young adults in Dane County.

Matthew Guenette is the author of two full-length poetry collections: American Busboy, chosen by Mary Biddinger as an Editor’s Choice for the University of Akron Press and published in 2011, and Sudden Anthem, which was awarded Dream Horse Press’s American Poetry Journal Book Prize and published in 2008. Sudden Anthem was also named an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry in 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. He has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and a fellow for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Exchange. He works at Madison College, and lives on the east side with his wife and two kids, who make sleep impossible…

Born in Los Angeles, Cherene Sherrard is the author and/or editor of several nonfiction books, short stories, poems and including Mistress Reclining, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition from Finishing Line Press. She teaches in the English department at UW-Madison.