HOTT Poetry Night
Carol Lee Saffioti Hughes
Poetry is my 911. I am a retired professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside; have been a librarian in a log cabin in the north woods, and a volunteer EMT—but I have always been a poet. I have poetry, literary analysis, and research published in three countries and languages. I served as the advisor for the Native student organization, Sacred Circle, at UW-Parkside while teaching there.
Over 100 of my pieces have been individually published, including in The Malahat Review in Canada, The Greensboro Review in North Carolina, Nutshell in England, Root River Voices in the annual and collective publications. My work is also in the anthology, Unsettling America, published by Penguin Books, New York. A member of the Root River Poets and the Spectrum School of the Arts and Gallery in Racine, I am a photographer and have always believed in nurturing creative energies in grass roots community initiatives with both children and adults. My chapbook, The Lost Italian and the Sound of Words, is always distributed to audiences for free, with the opportunity to explain its background and emergence. Another is in progress.
Stephen Kalmar II
Stephen Kalmar II grew biggest north of Toronto, Canada. In 1977 he joined the Root River Poets writers consortium. After service, he returned to Racine to study Philosophy, Creative Writing, Speling and web design at UW Parkside.
Stephen has worked as an editor of poetry anthologies and has published handfuls of his work in newsprint, books and journals. He has given hundreds of publics readings and has acted in theater, radio and television. Stephen was named a the 2011 Racine Poet Laureate. Currently, Stephen spends his time judging poetry contests and teaching writing workshops.