Milwaukee's Poetry of Resistance

with Freesia McKee, Brenda Cárdenas, Tobias Wray, Franklin K.R. Cline

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Titletown Tap Room Building - William Larsen Event Hall (Third Floor), 320 North Broadway Street, Green Bay, WI 54302

Poets from various parts of Milwaukee's vibrant literary community will read their work and discuss how it may be used as an articulation of community organizing, community will and a resistance to political and social injustice. Some of us may use radio or salon readings or the classroom as our arena, but we all hold in common specific intentions with our verse, a belief that making and sharing poetry has the potential to spark social and personal change.

Presenters

Freesia McKee

Freesia McKee

Milwaukee Poets of Resistance

Freesia McKee is a working poet. Her words have appeared in the Huffington Post, Gertrude, Painted Bride Quarterly, Burdock, and Sundress Press's Political Punch anthology. With Anja Notanja Sieger, Freesia co-hosts The Subtle Forces, a weekly morning show on Riverwest Radio in which two of Milwaukee's wittiest, devilish non-men explore a "subtle force" that messes with every aspect of their lives.
Brenda Cárdenas

Brenda Cárdenas

Milwaukee Poets of Resistance

Brenda Cárdenas’ poetry collections are Boomerang (Bilingual Press, 2009) and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (2005). She co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (2001). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Latina/o Poetics: The Art of Poetry, The Golden Shovel Anthology, POETRY, City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latino/a Writing, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and RATTLE, among many others. Cárdenas served as the Milwaukee Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. 
Tobias Wray

Tobias Wray

Milwaukee Poets of Resistance

Tobias Wray is a poetry editor for the cream city review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Bellingham Review, Third Coast, Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing and elsewhere. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he coordinates Eat Local :: Read Local, a program that partners local restaurants with poets from Milwaukee and Madison. He holds an MFA in Poetry and Translation from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Franklin K.R. Cline

Franklin K.R. Cline

Milwaukee Poets of Resistance

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate in English—Creative Writing at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center's Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor of cream city review. He lives in Milwaukee with three cats and his wife, Rachel Kincaid.