In collaboration with classroom teacher Moira Sennett, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga will lead a program for students who attend St. Joan Antida High School. Participants will jump right into listing and free-writing along with interactive warm-up exercises. They will look at writing strategies in sample poems and begin drafting new poems, including completing shaping and revising exercises. Volunteers will read their drafts. The session will also include discussion of craft concerns such as conclusions, line and stanza lengths, titles and other topics generated through students' questions.
Margaret Rozga will discuss the connections between her poetry and the social justice that informs it.
Margaret Rozga will anchor the Community Voices reading with poems from 200 Nights and One Day, poems that bring to life Milwaukee's struggle for fair housing legislation. Afterward, community members will be invited to share a favorite poem as well as participate in an open mic.
Looking through the lens of poetry and social justice, Margaret Rozga and other "local luminaries" will share their thoughts on photographs from the exhibition, Portrait of Milwaukee.
Along with members of the community, Margaret Rozga will share her thoughts on the themes and impact of Claudia Rankine's award winning book, Citizen: An American Lyric. Rankine is the NEA Big Read Keynote Session speaker at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, a nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004.
This event is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnerhsip with Arts Midwest and is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
Margaret Rozga discusses her current and past social justice actions as well as how her poems bring them forward and inspire new action and hope. All are welcome at this program that is part of Sunday service.
Margaret Rozga will read poems from a new chapbook anthology entitled Through This Door. Traditional Jewish poems will also be shared, followed by a discussion.