April 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Prairie Lights

Writers’ Workshop graduates Jane Wong and Nick Gulig will read from their new collections of poems. Jane Wong will read from Overpour. This powerful book weaves together seemingly disparate topics such as war and child's play, language and exile, debt, animals and nature.  “Not afraid of being earnest, Wong's voice is both playful and cerebral, weaving in and out of the world—its wars and its violence, poverty and alienation—making a beautiful and smart, strange and new, word elixir."—Cynthia Cruz

Jane Wong is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow. Her poems have appeared in  Pleiades, The Volta, Third Coast, and Best American Poetry. Her chapbooks include: Dendrochronology, Kudzu Does Not Stop, and Impossible Map. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

Nick Gulig will read from North of Order, a book-length poem concerned with the locality of what is lost. In part a distorted reconfiguration of the pastoral landscape as it appears through the lenses of elegy and eros, North attempts to establish a sense of what it means to miss what wasn’t there to start with, departing from the world of things in order to return unsaved. Nicholas Gulig  was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, he lives in Fort Atkinson, WI and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.