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Yucky Poetry #2 (free)

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The literary scene in Madison is an ever-evolving beast. While there are events and spaces to host literary readings, there seem to be few places to promote emerging writers. Enter Yucky Poetry, a continual reading series founded in Madison that collects poets and writers from the Midwest and gives them a place to grow. In Yucky Poetry's second reading event, writers from both Milwaukee and Madison join together. Reid  Kurkerewicz  is a poet, novelist, and journalist (alongside being a Tone Madison contributor) who is working on a novella about a boy who is convinced his dad is Brett Favre. His writing is often surreal, and focuses on using everyday mediums like writing predictive speech on an iPhone to fuel poetry. Annie Grizzle is a multimedia artist from Milwaukee whose work focuses on the space between mediums and intersectionality. Her poem "Ladyboy Idiot Silence" reads like a technical pamphlet that dissects memory, sexuality, and the speaker's ability to confront themselves. Chelsea Tadeyeske is a poet and performer from Milwaukee who operates pity milk press. This press publishes short-run chapbooks and edits online and print journals. Her work focuses on unpacking personal relationships and bending literary forms. —John McCracken