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An Evening Reading

Jeannie Roberts and Friends

  • Tue, Jun 2, 2020 - 6:00 pm

As part of the Navigating Our Lives: Exploring Creative Pathways of Healing art exhibit, Jeannie Roberts has organized an evening of readings by some of the area’s most accomplished poets and writers with an open mic to follow. Sign up for the open mic will start at 6:00 p.m. with a chance to talk to and purchase books by the evening’s featured poets and writers: Max Garland, Jessi Hoy Peterson, Jeannie E. Roberts, Patti See and Bruce Taylor. The headliner poets / writers will read their work from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 30-minute open mic to follow. Concessions will be available / coffee, tea, and cookies. No cost for admission.


Max Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Previous books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, a Bush Foundation literary fellowship, and fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Born and raised in Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is Professor Emeritus at UW-Eau Claire, recent Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire, and the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.

Jessi Peterson is the children’s librarian in Chippewa Falls and her favorite days of the week are storytime days. She loves reading and singing and acting silly, all in the service of growing the next generation of readers. She also is lucky to live on the river and be able to experience the woods and water in all seasons. She is a poetry reader for local literary journal Barstow and Grand and her work has appeared there as well as in Wisconsin People and Ideas, Sky Island Journal, Crab Orchard Review and the Local Lit column of Volume One. Her chapbook Century Farm is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Jeannie E. Roberts has authored four poetry collections and two children's books, including The Wingspan of Things (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), Romp and Ceremony (Finishing Line Press, 2017), Beyond Bulrush (Lit Fest Press, 2015), and Nature of it All (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her second children's book, Rhyme the Roost! A Collection of Poems and Paintings for Children, was released by Daffydowndilly Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books, 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of Let's Make Faces!, a children’s book dedicated to her son (author-published, 2009). Her work appears in print and online in North American and international journals and anthologies. When she’s not reading, writing or editing, you can find her drawing and painting, or outdoors photographing her natural surroundings.

Patti See writes a monthly column, Sawdust Stories, for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Her work has also appeared in Salon Magazine, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Southwest Review, HipMama, Inside HigherEd, as well as many other magazines and anthologies. She is the co-editor (with Bruce Taylor) of Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College, 3rd edition (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011) and a poetry collection, Love’s Bluff (Plainview Press, 2006). She wrote the blog “Our Long Goodbye: One Family’s Experiences with Alzheimer’s” ( which has been read in over 100 countries.

Bruce Taylor is the curator for Local Lit in Volume One and host of the Off The Page Reading series. He is author of four poetry collections, former poet laureate of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (2011-2016), and a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he taught Composition, Literature and Creative Writing from 1972-2007. He has won awards and Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Fulbright-Hayes, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Bush Artist Foundation and the Excellence in Scholarship award from UWEC. For more information, please follow this link: