Richard Merelman, a native of Washington, D.C., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in the subject of culture and politics in Western democracies, publishing books and articles on the subject. The Imaginary Baritone (Fireweed Press), his first book of poems appeared in 2012. In 2016, Finishing Line Press published his chapbook The Unnamed Continent. Poems of his have appeared in Contemporary American Voices, Main Street Rag, Measure, Stoneboat, Loch Raven Review, Common Ground Review, California Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Inscape, Lake Effect, Third Wednesday, and The Lake, among others. He and his wife live in Madison, Wisconsin. Richard will be reading poems from Sensorium, his new chapbook from Bent Paddle Press
Jeanie Tomasko is the 2014 recipient of the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award from The Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her story/poem book “(Prologue)” is the recipient of an Editor’s Choice award from Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series. She has four other published books of poetry including “Tricks of Light,” “Sharp as Want,” “Violet Hours,” and the just out, “Collect of the Day.” When they get a chance, she and Steve like to commune with Lake Superior. Jeanie endeavors to always have a bottomless honey jar, garlic from the garden, and bees in the front-yard hyssop. Jeanie will be readng from her new mixed media collection, DoveTail - also from Bent Paddle Press.