Bruce Dethlefsen

Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. A retired educator and public library director living in Westfield, Dethlefsen has served as secretary of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for six years, co-founded the WFOP Chapbook Prize and started Poet Camp. For eight years he directed The Poet Tree, a monthly reading by Wisconsin poets at the Montello Public Library. Bruce has had many poems published in journals and anthologies. Two of his poems were featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on public radio and several poems on Your Daily Poem website. He wrote and performed original music with Bill Orth as Obvious Dog on Cathryn Cofell’s CD, Lip. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Dethlefsen’s most recent poetry collection is Small Talk (Little Eagle Press). 

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Panel discussion with Wisconsin Poet Laureates

with Karla Huston, Kimberly Blaeser, Denise Sweet, Bruce Dethlefsen

Brown County Library - Downtown (Auditorium - Basement)

April 30, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM


Track: Readers