BONUS! April Poetry Month (Day 30): Woodland Pattern Co-Founder Karl Gartung

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Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas in 1947. He received a B.A. from Hastings College, in Nebraska, in 1969, and married artist Anne Kingsbury in 1970.

In 1976 he was hired to run a small press bookstore (Boox, Inc.) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gartung says this was the beginning of his serious apprenticeship to contemporary literature. In 1970 he was a co-founder, with Karl Young and Anne Kingsbury, of Woodland Pattern Book Center. His publications include Now That Memory Has Become So Important (MWHP Books, 2008).

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April Poetry Month (Day 30): Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser

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Kim BlaeserPoet, photographer, and scholar, Kimberly Blaeser is the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate.  A Professor at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, she teaches Creative Writing, Native American Literature, and American Nature Writing. Blaeser is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections— Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You, and the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.  She is also the author of the scholarly monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, and essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in The Heath Anthology of American Literature.  Her poetry has also been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, and French. She has been the recipient of awards for both writing and speaking, among these a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Poetry and three Pushcart Nominations. Her poem “Living History” was selected for installation in the Midwest Express Building in Milwaukee.  Her current creative project features “Picto-Poems” and brings her nature and wildlife photography together with poetry to explore intersecting ideas about Native place, nature, preservation, and spiritual sustenance.   Of Anishinaabe ancestry and a native of White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Blaeser currently lives with her family in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township, Wisconsin.

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April Poetry Month (Day 29): Mike Hauser

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Mike Hauser has lived in Milwaukee since 2002. He has curated reading series such as Too Close For Comfort, Salacious Banter, and currently, Ineluctable Place. His work has appeared in West Wind Review, Bright Pink Mosquito, and Delirious Hem, among other places. His most recent chapbook is Psychic Headset, appearing 2007 from Mitzvah Chaps.

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