Poetry Reading- Christy Prahl & Margaret Rozga in conversation with Kim Suhr
Poetry Reading and Conversation
CHRISTY PRAHL & MARGARET ROZGA
in Conversation with
Join us for a lovely poetry reading and discussion! Poets Christy Prahl and Margaret Rozga will be in conversation with author Kim Suhr celebrating Prahl's book We Are Reckless.
Each of the writers worked with Cornerstone Press out of UW-Stevens Point, a student-run press program. We will start the evening with a conversation about the experience of working with the students, the community that is created, and the ways it influences their current writing.
Readings from their books will be woven into the discussion. It will be a night celebrating poetry, stories, and writing.
In Christy Prahl's debut collection, her largely narrative-driven poems occupy the fissures of American life, whether exploring self, relationships, or the natural world. The poetic architecture acts as a kind of repair for the subjects themselves, who are often broken but striving. The result is Prahl's interrogation of the fragile hum of contemporary life as well as the brutalism that acts as its foil. Stirring, sensitive, and sincere, We Are Reckless helps lighten the weight of all we carry by breaking rules, stepping across boundaries, and risking pain for greater purpose
In Holding My Selves Together, her fifth volume of poetry, Margaret Rozga brings together some of her best-loved poems about Milwaukee's fair housing marches and her concern for issues of peace and social justice, with new poems that identify with Alice in Wonderland and imagine new Alice adventures. New poems also grapple with issues of recent political turmoil and pandemic-induced uncertainty. These deeply written poems find in language the glue that may hold our selves together.
Drawing on the rich complexity of the American Midwest, Kim Suhr peoples her debut book of stories with characters that we know, carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and caught between expectation and desire. Personal and powerful, Nothing to Lose shows us a region filled with real people: less than perfect, plagued with doubts, always reaching.
About the authors:
Christy Prahl is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in a host of national and international journals. She splits her time between Chicago and rural Michigan.
Margaret Rozga, a life-long Wisconsin resident and the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2019-2020, lives in Milwaukee. An emeritus professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, she continues to teach a poetry workshop for Continuing Education at what is now the UW-Milwaukee Waukesha campus.
Kim Suhr lives and writes in southeastern Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in Midwest Review, Stonecoast Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, and others. She holds an MFA from Pine Manor College, where she was the 2013 Dennis Lehane Fellow for Fiction. She is the director of Red Oak Writin