Free Poetry Workshop at Central Library!

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Let’s Get Lost! Finding Inspiration in the Stacks

March 10, 17, 24, from 6:30-8:00pm

The Bubbler Room,

Madison Central Library

Libraries aren’t just where good books end up – it’s where they begin. This free and open class will help you explore the library and guide you through creating poems based, in part, on what is found here. We’ll take field trips into the stacks, cultivate obsessions, discover some of the wonders waiting in the stacks of the Central Library, and write poems that map uncharted territory. Note: For these three weeks, we’ll focus mainly on poetry (in order to leave the class with a finished product) but what you learn here can be used for fiction and non-fiction projects as well.

Instructor: Poet and fiction writer Rita Mae Reese was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. She is the author of the poetry collection The Alphabet Conspiracy (2011), which won the 2012 Drake Emerging Writers Award. She earned a BA and an MA at Florida State University and an MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more about Rita, visit and follow her on twitter @ritamaereese and facebook (

Registration for this class will begin on February 10, 2015 at 9:00am and will close on March 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Note on attendance: We encourage you to attend all three consecutive sessions, but it is not mandatory.

For questions or to modify your registration, please contact Aaron Fai, volunteer coordinator for the Bubbler’s creative writing series, at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Library: Central Library
Location: Bubbler