Marian English Department Welcomes Poet Laureate

August 25, 2012

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The Marian University English Department’s Writers Reading Series will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading of Wisconsin poets, featuring Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium.Dethlefsen has published two chapbooks, The Writer’s Almanac.“Because Bruce sees his position as poet laureate as being an ambassador of poetry for the state, and because we want to show our support for his efforts, we wanted to do something just a little different this year,” says Dr. John Walser, Marian associate professor of English. “Not only will Bruce be reading, but we also have six or seven accomplished poets coming in and reading a poem or two before he reads. To us, this is what poetry and Bruce’s laureateship are about: a celebration of who we are and where we live, a celebration of many voices.”For this event, which is free and open to the public, Marian’s English department will be donating the honorarium it pays its readers directly to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Fund.