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HOTT Poetry Festival

Saturday, July 29
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at The Reader's Loft Outside

HOTT Poetry Festival

2nd Annual House of the Tomato Poetry Festival!

Poetry & Music

Enjoy an afternoon of Poetry and live music by some of the Midwest's most noted talent. This event will take place steps away from the Reader's Loft under a tent in the shade of the London Alley's majestic willow trees. 

Meet the Poets:

Sylvia Bowersox: served her first tour in Iraq in 2003-2004 as a U.S. army broadcast journalist.  She returned to Iraq for two more tours as a press officer assigned to the U.S Embassy Baghdad public affairs office, and later to the Special Investigator General for Iraq Reconstruction. She lives with PTSD, and writes about her experiences in both wars. 

Cathryn Cofell:  Her first full-length collection, Sister Satellite, was released by Cowfeather Press in August 2013. She is also the author of six chapbooks, most recently Split Personality with Karla Huston (SunnyOutside Press).

Bruce Dethlefsen: Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011–2012) has a new book out, Small Talk, published by Little Eagle Press (Ralph Murre, editor and illustrator). Small Talk is his third full-length book. Dethlefsen is available for poetry workshops and readings.

Nathan Reid: Poet and spoken word artist whose work has appeared in several journals, including the Penguin Review, Fox Cry Review, and Binnacle. He has a background in theatre and regularly performs his poetry at art events throughout Wisconsin. His chapbook, Thoughts on Tonight, was published this year by Finishing Line Press. He currently lives in Madison with his partner, Ashley, and their endless supply of books.  

Steve & Jeanie Tomasko: Insects seem to creep their way into Steve Tomasko’s poems (even his love poems). He doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. His wife, Jeanie, long ago stopped screaming when a dragonfly lands on her. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. But they both still get creeped out by spiders. Steve and Jeanie edited the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Steve has had poems published in: Anthills, The Aurorean, Corvus, Echoes, The Fiddlehead, Hummingbird, Right Hand Pointing, and Verse Wisconsin. His chapbook, “and no spiders were harmed” was published in Dec. 2015 by Red Bird Chapbooks


C J McMahon: Lead guitar player for the Green Bay based alternative rock jam band the Chocolateers, bookseller at the Reader's Loft and noted poet.