Marilyn L. Taylor

Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2009-2010

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Preview reading: Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2018 Calendar

October 22, 2017 – 2:00 pm
Room of One’s Own Bookshop
315 West Gorham, Madison, WI

Featuring a stellar line-up of Madison area calendar contributors.

Contributors’ Reading

from Nasty Women Poets: an Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
(U of Washington Press, 2017)

November 9, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Mystery to Me Bookshop
1863 Monroe St., Madison, WI

Also featuring thoroughly nasty Wisconsin poets Cathy Cofell, Karla Huston, Gillian Nevers, and Alison Townsend.

One-Day Workshop: Writing the Dramatic Monologue

May 22 – 25, 2018
Poetry by the Sea, Madison, Connecticut

This class will be offered at a conference taking place at the Mercy Center, a beautiful seaside retreat in Madison, Connecticut, only steps from Long Island Sound. Participants and faculty regularly include well-known poets and editors, directors of writing programs, and students of poetry at all levels. Further details to come.

Write-by-the-Lake Writers Workshop and Retreat

June 11 – 15, 2018
University of Wisconsin Madison Campus

A five-day workshop for intermediate and advanced poets, sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Classes are held in the morning, 9:30 to 12:30, on the UW campus.
The joy of working in form is, for me, the paradoxical freedom form bestows to say the hard truths,” says poet Maxine Kumin. Could it do the same for your own poetry? It’s finally time to find out. In this workshop we’ll be experimenting with a variety of traditional poetic forms, from the sonnet to the sestina and beyond—equipping you with some new stylistic strategies for your poetic bag-of-tricks. (Working with forms can do wonders for your free verse, too!) In the end—with a little help from fellow workshoppers, your own good ear, and your inventory of perceptive personal insights—you’ll have a great start on combining the best of both worlds: using the timeless old forms (and varieties thereof) as time-tested vehicles for composing some remarkable new poems.

Poetry Workshop at Bjorklunden

September 10 – 15, 2018
Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

An intensive five-day poetry workshop conducted at Lawrence University’s beautiful Bjorklunden (“Birch Forest”)— a spacious lodge situated on the shore of Lake Michigan in the heart of Wisconsin’s culturally vibrant Door County. Tentative topic: “The Art of Writing Ekphrastic Poems.”—which will involve gallery visits, certain to inspire extraordinary poems! Further details to come.

Step on a Crack

Step on a Crack, White Violet Press/Kelsay Books, 2016 (Now available at or by emailing Marilyn at

Going Wrong

Going Wrong, Parallel Press, 2009

The Seven Very Liberal Arts

The Seven Very Liberal Arts, Aralia Press, 2006 (Limited Edition – Sold Out)

Subject to Change

Subject to Change, David Robert Books, 2004

Exit Only

Exit Only, Anamnesis Press, 2001

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