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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 22 Tuesday, March 22
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

A conversation with Joséphine Bacon

in English, French, and Innu


Tuesday, March 22, 5 PM

Special Collections

4th Floor, Golda Meir Library

UW-Milwaukee, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.


FREE and open to the public


Joséphine Bacon is an Innu poet originally from Pessamit, Quebec, who now makes her home in Montreal. Ms. Bacon’s work reflects the ways in which her Innu language has changed as her First Nations society moved from a nomadic past to the forced sedentary lifestyle of the reserves.


A treasure-trove of stories, Joséphine Bacon speaks movingly about her elders and reads from her works in Innu and French. She has worked as a translator-interpreter by the side of her elders, the keepers of traditional knowledge. Joséphine Bacon often says she is not a poet, but that she speaks a poetic language that resonates with the elders' voices that she has lived with all her life.


The author and co-author of several works in both French and Innu, Joséphine Bacon won the Prix des lecteurs du Marché de la poésie de Montréal (2010) for her poem  “Dessine-moi l’arbre,” and she was a finalist for the Prix du Gouverneur général and the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. She has participated in readings and spoken-word performances on almost every continent, has led many writing workshops and conferences, and has taught and translated Innu-aimun for over 40 years.


Josephine Bacon’s tour in the Midwest is made possible by Daisy Quan, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service at the Canadian Consulate; Kerith Iverson, Public Affairs attaché, Quebec Government Office in Chicago; Alliance Française de Milwaukee; UWM Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature; UWM Year of the Humanities.


Ms. Bacon will present in French and Innu, but some English translation will also be offered.

Co-sponsored by Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative, UWM American Indian Studies, UWM Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, UWM Center for 21st Century Studies, and Special Collections, UWM Libraries

For more information or to arrange for special needs, please contact Special Collections at libspecial@uwm.edu or 414.229.4345