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PO Box 620216
Middleton, WI 53562
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Events, Calls & Collaborations of Echolocations & Write Your Madison

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Current poetry calls

~Add your voice and vision of Madison. Tweet your town. Share your vision(s) of the city with Madison's Poets Laureate, Cowfeather Press, and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) via Twitter #WriteYourMadison. 

~ Madison-Area Bus Lines Poetry Call with Metro Transit,
1-3 short poems, "Write Your Madison,"next deadline January, 2016

See work on display
~Online: Slow Art of Seven Madison Poets, by Russell Gardner, in Verse Wisconsin 113-114

~Watch for Bus Lines in partnership with Madison Metro Transit and Edgewood College to appear spring, 2015

Read more about

Write Your Madison

Write Your Madison & Echolocations, Poets Map Madison in Capital Times 11/20/2013

Shares Poetry about Madison in Isthmus 11/21/2013

Poetry Bikes

Visual Poems

Matthew Stolte, MadPo 1, MadPo 2

Audio Poems

Frannie Zellman, Orange Custard Chocolate Chip

Marilyn Zelke-Windau,
Before Thumbin' to Madison

Angela Voras-Hills, Water, Water Everywhere

Moisés Villavicencio Barras, Razones en el Invierno

Lisa Vihos,
Saturday Farm Market

Steve Tomasko, Listening to Blues at the Barrymore

Sandy Stark,
Out of Thin Air

Richard Roe, Salsa and Dance at the Jazz Fest, Union Terrace

Fran Rall, Wisconiana

Brian Powers, The Run to Picnic Point

Sara Parrell, Frautschi Point, December

Andrea O'Brien,
The Majestic

CJ Muchhala, Artistic License & Georgia's Inheritance

Peg Lauber,
Old House on Lake Monona—The Near End of Jenifer St.

Martha Kaplan, Voicing the city strange

Amelia Cook Fontella, The WI Film Festival

Macaja Revels Camped at a Stream of Water &
Mr. James Braxton: A Memory Poem

Karl Elder, Air Lock

Bruce Dethlefsen, Gone to Ground & Anniversary

Robin Chapman, Teaching My Son to Drive &
This Was a Great Day

F.J. Bergmann, Cheap at Any Price

Questions for Group Discussion

Download pdf of questions and promts

Where are Poems Set in Madison? Google Map of Locations

Available here
Thanks to the organizations & individuals who have generously featured poems from Echolocations in public places: on rental bicycles (Madison B-Cycle); between bathrooms (Crescendo Espresso Bar); as a handmade Picket Fence Edition (Russell Gardner); as part of the poem & photo exhibit "Beyond the Water's Edge"(Dane Co. Watershed Commission); as part of "Reflections: Madison," an exhibit curated by David Wells at Monona Terrace through September, 2014.


Book / Project

Echolocations, Poets Map Madison

edited by Sarah Busse &Wendy Vardaman, Madison Poets Laureate, with Shoshauna Shy, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf

Here’s a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets share poems that refer to specific Madison places. Long-time residents live next door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices. In the end these poets ask us, How many Madisons are there?

ISBN 978-0-9846568-4-4, softcover, poetry
$20 (add $5 shipping/handling for mail orders to PO Box 620216 Middleton, WI 53562)
November, 2013

Purchase in print from Cowfeather Press at Cowfeather events, Cowfeather's book page, or online at Proceeds benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund.Read more about the Madison Poet Laureate program, a volunteer position overseen by the Madison Arts Commission.

Also available as a Kindle e-book.

EchoLaunch Event

Event photos by Martha Kaplan. Audio from Echolocations' contributors.
Poetry collage, "Found Sound" & local haiku created 11-23-13 at the launch.


Music from the original CD by Crestwood Elementary, All I Hear Is Crickets:
Madison Geography and The Sound of Music. Read more about the CD.

Write Your Madison / #WriteYourMadison

Echolocations is part of Write Your Madison, an event-based and digital place-making project by Madison's Poets Laureate and Cowfeather Press inviting collaboration and conversation through poetry about your Madison. Contact us to learn more or to connect your project. Use #WriteYourMadison at Twitter or email cowfeather (at) Poems will be created and collected at events and through special calls (see sidebar) through 2015, then posted to this website. Calls and event information are made through Twitter, the Cowfeather newsletter, and this website. But why wait to hear from us? You can use #WriteYourMadison to advertise your Madison poetry events, post links to poems, post poems about Madison in video or jpg form, or talk poetry in Madison and beyond.


Where are Echolocations' Poems Set in Madison?

Go to the larger Google Map here.



Poetry Bikes Launch in April, 2013

Poetry Bikes are part of a 3-way partnership of Madison B-Cycle, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, and Cowfeather Press. The 10 poems chosen by PJOS to go on the bikes are among those submitted to the Madison anthology project. They will appear, along with all of the selected poems, in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, Cowfeather Press, Fall 2013. Proceeds from the anthology will go to the John Tuschen Poet Laureate Memorial Fund that exists to remember Madison's first laureate, as well as to provide, eventually, some expenses for projects of future city laureates. Thirty poetry bikes are available for rent through B-Cycle around Madison!