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This year, the City of Madison inaugurated a new Poet Laureate - Angela Trudell Vasquez. Angela will be partnering with the Madison Public Library and the Wisconsin Book Festival to celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Poets Laureate past and present. This online program will be presented on Saturday, April 4, 2:00-3:30pm, and will be free to attend.

Madison Arts Commission Chairperson Kia Karlen commended the decision to utilize an online live-streaming platform to hold this event. “As we move into April, which is National Poetry Month, I want to thank our Poet Laureate, Wisconsin Book Festival, and Madison Public Library for quickly adapting and shifting to digital platforms so that many of our citizens can safely share in the celebration of poetry as a unique art form that invites deep reflection and expression of feelings.”

Featured poets will be…

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga
  • Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly
  • Former Madison Poet Laureate Fabu
  • Former Madison Poet Laureate Andrea Musher
  • Former Madison Poet Laureate Sarah Sadie Busse
  • Former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas
  • Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen

To attend the event, go to No registration necessary.

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About the Wisconsin Book Festival
The Wisconsin Book Festival is hosted by the Madison Public Library in partnership with the Madison Public Library Foundation, and is made possible through sponsorship and generous donor support. Throughout the year, the Wisconsin Book Festival draws a local and regional audience of 15,000 people for over 100 author events, including a publicized track that features award-winning and world bestselling writers. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

About Madison Arts – City of Madison DPCED Planning
Madison Arts works to encourage artistic activities and initiates cultural programs that integrate, support, and advance arts and culture as an essential part of life in Madison. Madison Arts initiates and helps to develop plans and studies that work to focus the goals and needs of the art community in Madison. Madison Arts works closely with the community to provide exhibition and performance spaces and organize events where artists in Madison can experience a diversity of arts and culture. For more information visit