UW-Madison MFA Nick Lantz releases his fourth book of poetry, “You, Beast.” The author says it’s modeled on “Aesop’s Fables” — but don’t be fooled by the simple titles; complexity is at the heart of this excellent, prize-winning poetry collection. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Books

UW-Madison prof and poet Timothy Yu uses poetry and parody to counter stereotypes and Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

The announcement that Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature is music to the ears of longtime fan Stu Levitan. more

Oct 14, 2016 6:00 PM Madland

On May 24, Madison’s poet laureate, Oscar Mireles, announced the winners of the Madison Metro Bus Lines Poetry Project. more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 PM Books


Amanda Crim

Rita Mae Reese’s prize-winning book of poetry, “The Book of Hulga,” explores the life and work of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM Books

“Transformations” is a collaboration between composer Conrad Susa and the award-winning poet Anne Sexton. The dark and funny opera, presented by University Opera, opens March 11. more

Mar 10, 2016 6:00 AM Stage


Laura Zastrow

Oscar Mireles, the city’s new poet laureate, looks forward to raising the profile of writers of color in Madison. more

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Books

What are we thankful for? These Madison-themed haiku, that’s what! After putting out a call for haiku in September, we received about 240 submissions. Here’s the best of the bunch. more

Nov 25, 2015 12:49 PM A & E 1 Comments

His list of accomplishments is a mile long, but he is most proud of nurturing young talents. After 43 years of work building the UW’s creative writing program, poet Ron Wallace retires from teaching. more

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM Books

Lenore McComas Coberly, who comes from a long line of poetry lovers, revisits her childhood home in West Virginia in her new book of poems. more

Apr 23, 2015 4:00 PM Books


Philip Ashby

In recent years we've seen an exciting expansion in our understanding of poetry and its forms, as well as how and where it is expressed. And here in Madison there is an opportunity for poets to share their work with a wide and eclectic audience. Madi more

Jan 5, 2015 6:18 PM Books

Which local spots define Madison? Madison poets laureate Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse, along with local poet Shoshauna Shy, find answers through creative writing projects. A recent project called Echolocations has local writers compose poems about more

Nov 21, 2013 3:00 PM Books

The city of Madison is looking for a new poet laureate. more

Sep 29, 2011 2:00 PM A & E

Madison poet Nick Lantz's debut collection, "We Don't Know We Don't Know", released last month, is a romp through references to Donald Rumsfeld, old wives' tales, Pliny the Elder, little-known facts and dusty paintings. It's a sharp group of poems th more

Apr 8, 2010 2:00 PM Books


Kyle Myhre

Just kidding on the title. The long, intense days, coupled with the heat and throngs of adoring Austinites (Austinians?) constantly chasing us down the street screaming "poetry!" are kind of wearing me down, though. more

Aug 11, 2007 5:08 PM Stage