McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua has been awarded a $500 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin the money will be used to bring Minnesota Poet Todd Boss to Viroqua on Oct. 12 and 13.
On Friday, Oct. 12, there will be a public poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Landmark Center auditorium, 500 E. Jefferson St., in Viroqua,
On Saturday, Oct. 13, Boss will lead a poetry workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at McIntosh Memorial Library, 118 E. Jefferson St. The workshop will focus on “sound” and “image.” Refreshments will be served.
Boss’ award-winning poetry collections are “Pitch” (2012) and “Yellowrocket” (2008), both from W. W. Norton & Co. His 35-part “Fragments for the 35W Bridge” inspired Swedish artist Maja Spasova’s “Project 35W,” an August art installation on the Mis-sissippi River. “P-anic,” Boss’ verse re-telling of Knut Ham-sun’s 1894 novella “Pan,” will premiere as a one-man opera in late 2013, arranged by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores.
Boss is the founding co-director of Motionpoems, a poetry film initiative now collaborating with Copper Canyon, Milkweed, Graywolf and other fine publishers. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in north suburban St. Paul with his wife and children.
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