Crosshatxh is a monthly reading showcasing poets of tremendous talent, regardless of style, publications, or degree status, generational affiliation or profession or original language. It shakes out boundaries between academy and community in favor of artistic integrity. In addition to the best performance poets, laureates, and sonneteers, it features ghosts of dead writers who rise to laud and poets who've just finished serving time, and whose work demands lauding. And it rocks. Join us at the X.

March 17th: "No Poet is an Island: United in Marriage, in Work, & in Sentence" with C.E. Perry & Rita Mae Reese, Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman, & the poetry of participants from the Writers in Prisons Project

C. E. Perry graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1992 and Dartmouth Medical School in 1999. She has worked as a waitress, construction worker and nursing assistant as well as a poetry instructor, and a physician for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Her work has been published in Southeast Review, Harpur Palate, Margie, Pool, and Ploughshares. Sarabande Books published her first book of poetry, Night Work, in 2009. She is a family medicine physician in Madison, Wisconsin where she lives an a 107 year old house with her family.
Rita Mae Reese grew up in West Virginia and moved to Tallahassee when she was twenty years old to work for a lesbian publisher. She lived in Tallahassee for 13 years and received a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in poetry at Florida State University. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Wallace Stegner fellow in fiction, a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book of poetry, The Alphabet Conspiracy, was released in February 2011 from Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press.
Wendy Vardaman lives in Madison, Wisconsin and is the author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press 2009). She works for The Young Shakespeare Players (a children’s theater company), co-edits Verse Wisconsin, has three children, and does not own a car. In addition to poetry, she writes essays and interviews, which have appeared in Poetry Daily, Women’s Review of Books, and on
Sarah Busse is a poet and a co-editor of Verse Wisconsin, and the coordinator of her local school’s bake sales. She’s the author of Quiver (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009) and Given These Magics (Finishing Line Press, 2010). A third chapbook, Gauguin in California, is forthcoming from Desperado Press. She has been featured at Verse Daily and Your Daily Poem. She lives in Madison with her husband and two children, where she searches for a good recipe for pear pie and the missing game pieces for Chutes and Ladders. Her most recent hobby is shouting herself hoarse down at the Capitol.

Writers in Prisons Project Participants are from a wide variety of backgrounds with a wide variety of skills and accolades to their names. They share a writing workshop, a love for poetry and performance, and a dedication to each other’s growth as artists. Their work will be read, with pseudonyms, by poets on the “outside.”