Featured Poets 2018

BARBARA STONER is a recent transplant to Madison, back in Wisconsin after thirty-two years in Seattle, WA. This poem was written in the late ‘70’s, when she lived on a farm in Door County. “It was a very prolific time for me, poetry-wise. Somehow every time I stepped outside, another line went through my head.” Since then, she has focused on fiction, and has self-published three novels. She also writes a blog at http://www.barbarasbookhouse.com

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TYLER FARRELL was born in Illinois, grew up in Milwaukee, WI, was educated by the Jesuits at Marquette High School and Creighton University, and by layfolk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in many periodicals and anthologies and a biographical essay for James Liddy’s Selected Poems (Arlen House, 2011). Farrell (whose name is Irish for “courageous”) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University and teaches writing, poetry, literature, and drama. He also leads two study abroad programs, one to Ireland and the other to London, and divides his time between Madison and Milwaukee. Farrell also has two collections of poems published by Salmon Poetry (County Clare, Ireland), Tethered to the Earth (2008) and The Land of Give and Take (2012) and a forthcoming collection entitled Stichomythia (2018).

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MARIA ORTIZ is an MA student in Poetry. She’s an assistant editor at cream city review and has had her work appear in The Quill and Brilliance.

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SU CHO is pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her poems are forthcoming and/or found in Pleiades, The Journal, Crab Orchard Review, BOAAT, Thrush Poetry Review, PANK, Sugared Water, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, the Writer in South Asia Fellowship, and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship. You can find her on Twitter @su__cho or at suchowrites.com.

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PETER BURZYNSKI is a fifth-year PhD student in Creative Writing-Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A. in Poetry from The New School, and a M.A. in Polish Literature from Columbia University.

In between his studies, he has worked as a chef in New York City and Milwaukee. He is an assistant poetry editor for the cream city review and Graduate Assistant Coordinator for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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RICHARD HEDDERMAN earned a B.A. in English at the University of San Francisco, and a Masters in Poetry at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and his many publishing credits include poems in Rattle, Chicago Quarterly Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Kestrel, South Dakota Review, CutBank, The Midwest Quarterly, and the Welsh language literary journal Skald. He was a featured poet in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress, and his writing is soon to be included in a global literacy program developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His poetry and commentary have been aired on WUWM’s Lake Effect program, and his writing has been collected in several anthologies including In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005). He is the Education Programs Coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he serves as the coordinator and lead judge for the Museum’s Student Poetry Competition.

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FRANKLIN K.R. CLINE is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate in English–Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor of cream city review. His first book, So What, is available via Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.

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FREESIA MCKEE is author of the chapbook How Distant the City (Headmistress Press, 2017). Her words have appeared in cream city review, The Feminist Wire, Painted Bride Quarterly, Gertrude, Huffington Post, and Sundress Press’s anthology Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. Freesia is originally from Milwaukee and currently lives in North Miami.

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OSCAR MIRELES is the Executive Director of Omega School, where he has been employed for the past 23 years. Omega School provides GED preparation and adult basic education services to Dane County young adults, who do not possess a high school diploma. During his tenure he has personally assisted over 5,000 students with earning a GED/HSED credential.

Oscar Mireles is a published poet and he is also the Editor of three anthologies titled I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin.  He has also published a children’s book titled “Why did you name me Javier Dad?  and a chapbook of poetry titled Second Generation. He was recently reappointed the Poet Laureate of the City of Madison for 2018-2020.

Mr. Mireles has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the community. These awards include the Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2009) Literacy Advocate of the Year ,Wisconsin Literacy (2011) and Friend of Education Award from Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers (2012). Leadership Award from the Young Professional Group of the Urban League of Greater Madison (2013) and “Believe and Succeed Award from the Hispanic Leadership Luncheon (2015). “Outstanding Educator Award” from the 100 Black Men of Madison (2016) and Distinguished Community Service Award from the Madison Chapter of The Links (2017).

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STEEV BAKER is a multi-disciplinary writer and librarian who lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He has edited and published the zine Garageville, written and recorded 5 albums worth of original music, and co-hosts a podcast about libraries. He has had work published in Portage Magazine, the Wisconsin Review, Basements and Living Rooms (a Milwaukee zine about the DIY music scene), and provided the soundtrack to the app “More than 25 million poems about the Midwest.” His recent works are poems about family history, the legacy of mental illness, and faith.

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ELIZABETH HOOVER’s poetry has appeared in Epoch, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Awl, among others. She received the 2017 Boulevard emerging poetry contest, the 2015 Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize from IthacaLit, and the 2014 StoryQuarterly essay prize. Her book reviews and criticism have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, Tupelo Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. You can see more of her work at ehooverink.com

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REBECCA DUNHAM is the author of three collections of poetry. Her most recent book is titled GLASS ARMONICA. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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