Fabu is the third Madison Poet Laureate and a graduate from the UW-Madison in African Languages and Literature and Afro-American Studies. She serves the Madison community as a literary artist (poet and storyteller) and educator. As a literary artist, she creates and shares poetry reflecting her life spent in Memphis, Tennessee, Nairobi, Kenya and Madison, Wisconsin. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, PMS (Poems, Memoirs and Stories), Southern Women's Review, Black Books Bulletin, The Wisconsin Academy Review, UMOJA magazine, Rosebud Magazine, The Madison Times, The Capital City Hues and Verse Wisconsin. She is also a monthly columnist for The Capital Times and The Capital City Hues newspapers. She has a new book, Poems, Dreams and Roses published in December 2009. The University of Nairobi will published In Our Own Tongues in 2010. Parallel Press will publish African American Life in Haiku in 2011. Her poetry most often focuses on African Americans, women and children. She recently performed original poetry about Mary Lou Williams at the Overture on May 2nd to a sold-out performance.
Traci Brimhall is the author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, FIELD, Indiana Review, and Southern Review. She is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a former Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her work has also received Pushcart Prize nominations, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.here. Her first book, The Force Your Face Carries, was self-published in 2005 under own label, Art Night Books. It sold out. She re-released it in 2009. It’s available at Woodland Pattern Book Center, the Riverwest Co-op & Café and from the press' website. Look for Love in War Time, her second book, to be released soon.