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Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival
October 14, 2016
October 15, 2016
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October 10, 2016
Downtown Fort Atkinson
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Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538, United States
Lorine Niedecker Festival in Fort Atkinson

The Annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival in Fort Atkinson offers a weekend full of workshops, speakers, open mic poetry readings, round tables, landmark tours, and poetry café. The festival is in honor of local poet Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), a twentieth-century, second-wave, Modern American poet often identified with the Objectivists. Living most of her life on the shores of the Rock River near Fort Atkinson, she is perhaps best known as a poet of place who wrote about the Blackhawk Island that she loved.

Social events, informal gatherings and workshops will begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday evening.

Get all the event details on the Lorine Niedecker website; the main Schedule of Events is below.

You can reach Fort Atkinson via U.S. 12 or Highways 26, 89, or 106 in the heart of Jefferson County. Get poetic and check it out!

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:00 – 6:00 Dwight Foster Library is open, Library
Lorine Niedecker Room opens for reading, writing and quiet reflection
9:30 – 4:30 Hoard Historical Museum is open, Museum
Exhibits include the Lorine Niedecker Room and Native American and regional history.
Gallery Exhibit Along the River

Festival info, maps, information for self-guided tours of LN sites including her cabin on
Blackhawk Island and gravesite will be available at the Museum and Library.

5:00 Café Carpe opens for dinner Café Carpe
6:30 Open mic – Moderator Nick Demske of BONK!
7:30 After Party at Café Carpe coordinated by Dot Kent, group poetry and word games

Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:00 – 12:00 Poetry at the Farmers Market with Paul Wiegel Farmer’s Market
Fox River Poetry Company
8:30 Poetry Cafe and Poetry Store Open Fort Atkinson Club
Registration, freebies, exchanges, free Wi-Fi, light refreshment, Poet’s book shop
9:00 Festival Welcome and Niedecker News – Ann Engelman
9:10 David Wilk; Putting the Poet in Her Place
10:00 Dot Kent; Henry James letter to a friend and Lorine Niedecker’s
“Sorrow Moves in Wide Waves”
11:00 Norma Cole with Ronnie Hess and Paul Smyth; LN: Beyond English, beyond home
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Wisconsin Poetry Festival Open Mic — Moderator Angie Trudell Vasquez
(Sign up in the Poetry Café)
2:30 “Round Tables” These small groups encourage discussion with poets
Group A:
John Walser (Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award winner, 2015)
Brenda Cárdenas (Milwaukee poet laureate 2010-2012)
Group B:
Kathryn Gahl (Wisconsin People and Ideas fiction winner, 2015 and 2011)
Pat Moran (Winner of the Grayson Book Poetry Prize, 2015)
4:00 Oscar Mireles; Diversity of Wisconsin Poetry: Poet Laureate building community,
collaboration and audience through Latino eyes
5:15 Photo at poetry wall- Closing meal at Paddy’s