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Poetry Panel

September 8, 2022

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

monochrome intaglio print that looks like a collage of stamps, torn pieces of paper, barcodes, gum wrappers, and more
Mohammed Omar Khalil, Cinnamon, 1979. Intaglio, 7 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Gift of Warrington Colescott and Frances Myers, Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.


The Poetry Panel on September 8 will focus on displacement–specifically how artists of color cope with feeling displaced in Madison. The panel is in tandem with the Home exhibition because both focus on how art creates the space to ruminate on one’s experiences. After their performance, they will engage in conversation about how their lives impact their art, as well as how to navigate the thin line of catharsis and trauma dumping.

The Poetry Panel will be held in the Museum Lecture Hall. We invite you to explore the exhibition in the Henry Street Gallery before the Panel on Thursday. Admission to the Panel and the galleries is free.

Poetry Panelists

Tatiyana Benson (She/Her) is a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Personal Finance. While her book, Delusion is a Hell of a Drug is currently unavailable, her work can be found on her Instagram @ttforpresident.

Kai Brown (They/Them) is a BLK Queer poet and visual artist from Des Moines, Iowa. They are a three-time Grand Slam Champion, and recent author of A Story In Which the Poet Says: Goodbye. Their work can be found on their Instagram, @kai.diore. Kai is a First Wave Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Zack Lesmeister (They/Them) is a mixed queer Vietnamese American poet based out of St. Louis and Madison. They are the 2017 Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis. Zack is a recipient of the George B. Hill Poetry Prize, Charles M. Hart Jr Writers of Promise Award, The Philip H. Wang Memorial Prize in Poetry, as well as a Semi-Finalist for the Pablo-Neruda Prize for Poetry. Zack has studied at Emerson College, and currently is a First Wave Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Creative Writing. Their work is published, or forthcoming, in The Offing, The Margins, Nimrod, and others.

Alpha Stokes (She/Her) is a collegiate Junior from Buffalo, New York majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, as well as a certificate in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics. She is a First wave Scholar and peer mentor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on the creative use of metaphysics and building bridges between ideologies and comprehension, mental health awareness, BLK art activism, and positive representations of Black joy.

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