Woodland Pattern Book Center and Milwaukee Rep will co-host Power & Money & Wisconsin Women Writers, a salon-style event celebrating and amplifying the voices of local women-identifying authors.
In conjunction with The Rep’s production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson (America’s most produced contemporary woman playwright) & Margot Melcon, five Wisconsin women writers will come together to discuss the influence of power and money on their work and lives.
These writers include Susan Firer, Destinny Fletcher, Siwar Masannat, Denise Sweet, & Lucy Tan.
Every attendee will receive a bibliography listing Milwaukee leaders’ recommendations for favorite Wisconsin-based authors, and emerging local artists will also find resources and further opportunities to build professional connections in the community.
The event is FREE, and give-what-you-can donations will be accepted at the door.
We hope you’ll join us at Woodland Pattern on December 6th to grab a drink, make a friend, and discover a new favorite local writer.
Susan Firer is the author of six books of poetry, including The Transit of Venus, which was named as an “Outstanding Work of Poetry” in 2017 by the Wisconsin Library Association. A recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Firer has poems in numerous anthologies including Best American Poetry, and her poems have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Review, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. She served as Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate from 2008-10.
Destinny Fletcher is the author of Black Girl Be Storm. An actress and spoken word artist based in Milwaukee, Fletcher has performed extensively in Wisconsin and around the country, and has coached others in the art of performance through organizations like Still Waters Collective and ExFabula.
A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Siwar Masannat is a Jordanian writer and the author of 50 Water Dreams. She holds degrees from the University of Jordan and George Mason University. Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in poem-a-day, Colorado Review, Eat Local: Read Local, and Denver Quarterly, among others.
Denise Sweet served as the second Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin (2005-08). The author of four collections of poetry, Sweet is Professor Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In 2003, she taught creative writing and helped develop a community theatre program at Rough High School Rock on the Navajo nation reservation in Arizona. While at UW-Green Bay, she was the director of Who We Are, What Is Ours: Young Writers Workshop, UW-Green Bay’s first self-sponsored pre-college program for students of color.
Lucy Tan is the author of the novel What We Were Promised, released in 2018 from Little Brown. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was winner of the August Derleth Prize. This fall, she joined the UW faculty as the 2018-19 James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction. A recipient of support from Kundiman, NY State Summer Writers Institute, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Tan has published in journals such as Asia Literary Review, Sixfold, and Ploughshares, where she was fiction winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest.