JUNE WATERSHED READING: Marilyn L. Taylor, Jess Parker, Dale Kushner

Join us on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 7 PM CDT at Arts + Literature Laboratory to hear three poets read in person from their new books! Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Marilyn L. Taylor will be reading from Outside the Frame: New and Selected Poems (Kelsay Books); Jess Parker will read from her debut poetry collection Star Things, which won the Dynamo Verlag Book Prize; and Dale Kushner (the author, not the hockey player) will read from her brand-new poetry collection M. The event is free but donations are encouraged. More about the event.

Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., is a former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee. She taught poetry for the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for fifteen years, and is the author of eight poetry collections. Taylor’s poems and essays have also appeared in Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light, Raintown Review, and Rhino, among many other well-known journals and anthologies. She was awarded the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for verse in forms, and has been a finalist for the X.J. Kennedy Parody Contest, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet award, and the 2017 Lascaux Review prize. She teaches regularly at Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Seminar Center and elsewhere, and serves as a Contributing Editor for two poetry journals (Verse-Virtual and Third Wednesday). Her newest book, titled Outside the Frame: New and Selected Poems, was published by Kelsay Books in December, 2021 and is available for purchase on Amazon or directly from Marilyn at her email address: mlt@mltpoet.com.

Jess L Parker is a poet and strategist. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jess lives in Madison, WI with her husband and son. Her debut poetry collection, Star Things was released in October 2021 as winner of the Dynamo Verlag Book Prize. Jess’s work has appeared in Bramble, Ariel Anthology, Kosmos, Millwork, Wallop Zine, and elsewhere. Jess holds a B.A. of English and Spanish from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison, and an MBA from Concordia University. Stay in touch with Jess’ poetry and events on Instagram at @jessleapoetry.

Dale M. Kushner is a poet, essayist, and novelist deeply engaged at the intersection of personal and historic trauma and views the search for spirit as foundational to the creative process. Her study of Jungian psychology informs Transcending the Past her popular monthly online column for Psychology Today. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant and has been honored by fellowships to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. Her novel, The Conditions of Love, published by Grand Central, was nominated for the Texas Library Association Award for Outstanding Adult Fiction. Kushner’s widely regarded writings on the divine feminine, creativity, and intergenerational trauma are published in anthologies and collected works. She teaches workshops that reflect her scholarship in Buddhism, depth psychology, spirituality, and creative writing. She recently completed her second novel. M is Ms. Kushner’s new collection of poetry.