Featured Poets 2019

KELLY BRAJEVICH is a PhD student in the UWM English department for media, cinema, and digital studies. She is a comic writer as well as comic studies theorist. Other research interests include: sound theory and video games.

FRANKLIN K.R. CLINE is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a Distinguished Dissertation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors. His first book, So What, was published in 2017 by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.

TYLER FARRELL received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska where he studied with Eamonn Wall. In 2002, he received his doctorate from UW-Milwaukee where he studied with James Liddy. He has published three books with Salmon Poetry: Tethered to the Earth (2008), The Land of Give and Take (2012), and Stichomythia (2018); and has contributed a biographical essay on James Liddy for Liddy’s Selected Poems (Arlen House, 2011). Farrell (whose name is Irish for “courageous”) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University where he teaches poetry, drama, film, writing, and literature and plans and leads two study abroad programs: one to Ireland, the other to London. Also, Farrell’s Morrissey imitations are said to be legendary.

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RICHARD HEDDERMAN is the Pushcart-nominated author of two collections of poetry. Publishing credits include poems in RattleChicago Quarterly ReviewCutBankKestrel,Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Skald(Wales), and The Midwest Quarterly.He’s been a guest poet at the Library of Congress, and his poem, “Mummies,” will soon be featured in global literacy program developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

MAURICIO KILWEIN GUEVARA was born in the Andes Mountains, raised in Pittsburgh, and educated in Milwaukee. He has published five books (verse, prose, and translations). He is currently the Coordinator of UWM’s Creative Writing Program. One of the greatest joys of his life is teaching, especially literary writing. He reads each story or poem his students send him as special, sometimes sacred, messages in a bottle that have traveled great distances of time, space, and imagination.

ELIZABETH HOOVER’s is a poet and essayist based in Milwaukee. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and The Crab Orchard Review and her art writing and cultural criticism has appeared in Paper, the Washington Post, and StoryQuarterly. You can see more of her work at www.ehooverink.com.

JANET JENNERJOHN is a proud graduate of UWM’s Creative Writing Program.  For the last 15 years she has been teaching Communication Skills, Literature and Creative Writing courses at MATC.  She enjoys Wisconsin’s bounty of cheeses, and as a little girl, dreamed of becoming “Alice in Dairyland.”

LAUREN PAGE MADDOX is a graduate student at UWM.

ALESSANDRA ROLFFS is a poet and PhD student at UWM.

BEATRICE SZYMKOWIAK is a French-American writer. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2017. She now teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first chapbook RED ZONE was released in Fall 2018.