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Bridge Poetry Series

The Bridge Poetry Series highlights an esteemed literary tradition: poetry inspired by art. This series establishes a unique opportunity for Wisconsin poets to write and read ekphrastic poems—poems that describe artwork. Find out more about the series and read poems from this year’s events:

Bridge Poetry reading, November 1, 2018:
In response to the exhibition Life, Love & Marriage in Renaissance Italy

Bridge Poetry reading, March 30, 2017:
In response to the exhibition In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura

Bridge Poetry reading, April 7, 2016:
In response to the exhibition Art Department Faculty Quadrennial Exhibition 2016

Bridge Poetry reading, December 10, 2015:
In response to the exhibition Xu Bing, Background Story: A New Approach to Landscape Painting

Bridge Poetry reading, November 13, 2014:
In response to the exhibition The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

Bridge Poetry reading, March 27, 2014:
In response to the exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

Bridge Poetry reading, November 11, 2013:
in response to the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Bridge Poetry reading, March 21, 2013:
in response to the exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists

Bridge Poetry reading, May 17, 2012:
in response to the exhibition Spark and Flame: 50 Years of Art Glass and the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bridge Poetry reading, November 1, 2012:
In response to the exhibition Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery