Oct 02, 2020

Margaret Rozga's Articles About Poetry BayView Compass

My Country Tis of Thee       September 2, 2020  BayView Compass

Interviewing people about their favorite poems, my project as Wisconsin Poet Laureate, often leads to surprising discoveries. I’ve learned about poets I hadn’t known and about poems I didn’t know by poets I thought I knew well. A new kind of surprise awaited me when I asked Clayborn Benson, founding director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum, about his favorite. He named a writer I certainly knew, W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a PhD at Harvard, the Atlanta University professor of sociology, history and economics, also earned a place in history as a cofounder of the NAACP. Was he also a poet? ...


Lost A Verse     August 9, 2020   BayView Compass

How to build community is a question that has long been one of my central concerns. Sometimes it comes with an answer so simple that it’s not obvious until someone brings it to life. One of those answers is Play Music on the Porch Day, a summer celebration scheduled each year for the last Saturday in August, 

An afternoon featuring live music brings neighbors out of their homes and into the common purpose of enjoying upbeat sounds and the friendly presence of neighbors. One year my upstairs neighbors and I cohosted such a gathering. For the last two years, three neighbors down our block have welcomed everyone nearby and those who happened by...


Notes to Myself and the Undefeated     July 1, 2020  BayView Compass

Poetry, what do you have to offer? Here we are, heading into midsummer 2020 not only still facing the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also still struggling with the ongoing disease of racism, seeking ways to move forward toward a more equitable society. As Wisconsin Poet Laureate, I sometimes ask and sometimes am asked what poetry offers on such topics.  

Sometimes I’m fortunate to find others who offer examples of poems that bolster the spirit. Kate Archer Kent is such a person. As host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Morning Show, she sometimes invites artists, including poets, to on-air discussions of their work and its relevance to a wide range of listeners...

Dec 01, 2019

WPLC Issues Statement in Support of Immigrants

The following statement was passed unanimously by the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission:


The rise in angry rhetoric against immigrants, particularly immigrants of color, the policy of child separation, and the treatment of children in detention camps in the Southern Border of the United States point to a climate of xenophobia, in the United States, that is as dehumanizing as it is inhumane. Because we understand that the role of the arts involves education and because we affirm its responsible function in working for justice, with this statement, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission stands with immigrant communities and asserts that immigrants are vital contributors to the social fabric and promise of the United States of America. 

May 06, 2019

Margaret Rozga's Articles About Poetry

Margaret Rozga writes frequently about favorite poems for the BayView Compass. Read some of her columns here:

October, 2019

September, 2019

June, 2019 

May, 2019

April, 2019

And here are some other recent articles in other media:

January, 2019, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Margaret Rozga Named Wisconsin Poet Laureate

February, 2019, Milwaukee Neighborhood News

Summer, 2019, CBS-Milwaukee, Poetry in the Park 



Jan 13, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Announces Karla Huston as Wisconsin Poet Laureate

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Jan 13, 2017 announces Karla Huston as Wisconsin Poet Laureate

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Jan 13, 2017

Appleton Post Crescent Announces Karla Huston as Wisconsin Poet Laureate

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Jan 13, 2017

Volume One Announces Karla Huston as Wisconsin Poet Laureate

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Jan 13, 2017

News Talk WHBY Interviews Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston

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Jan 13, 2017

WTMJ Radio Interviews Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston

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Oct 25, 2016

Who Owns Water? Kimberly Blaeser on "To the Best of Our Knowledge"

Interview with KimPoem and commentary by Kim

Mar 10, 2016

Catching Up with Kimberly Blaeser

Spring 2016 article on Kim in Wisconsin People and Ideas. Thanks to everyone at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

Mar 10, 2016

Wisconsin Gazette article on Kim from March 8, 2016

Apr 21, 2015

Midwest Lit: First Wisconsin Poet Laureate Ellen Kort Dies

Anne Strainchamps remembers Ellen Kort at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Apr 21, 2015

Ellen Kort Remembered in the Appleton Post Crescent

Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, Ellen Kort, is remembered with gratitude.

Jan 24, 2015

"Milwaukee Talks: Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser"

Senior Writer Molly Snyder interviews Kim for OnMilwaukee.

Jan 18, 2015

"She Who Believes In Unicorns"

Featured on the Wisconsin Humanities Council Blog, Humanities Booyah!, a 2010 essay by Kim with a new preface as she accepts her appointment as Poet Laureate.

Jan 18, 2015

"Meet Wisconsin's New Poet Laureate"

Gayle Worland features the story in the Wisconsin State Journal Sunday edition.

Jan 14, 2015

"Meet Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin's New Poet Laureate"

Wisconsin's next poet laureate hopes to hear more poems in public places, saying that poetry “has a spiritual role to play” in our lives.Wisconsin Public Radio's Chick Quirmbach covers the story, featuring Kimberly's reading of "Family Tree" and "Manoominike-giizis."

Jan 08, 2015

"Nurturing Wisconsin Poetry: A Conversation with Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser"

Silena Milewski interviews Kim for Express Milwaukee

Jan 07, 2015

"UWM's Kimberly Blaeser Named the Next Wisconsin Poet Laureate"

Jim Higgins covers the story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Featuring video of Kim's poem, "Refractions."