Poet andAssociateProfessorJudith Harway of Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), will be the featured speaker at an afternoon workshop and evening poetry reading on Wednesday, April 9 at UW-Washington County. The one hour afternoon titled “Listening to the World” begins at 3:30pm. Students and community members are invited to join the discussion (free of charge) and should come prepared to write, share and talk. An evening poetry reading, titled, “All That is Left” begins at 7pm. Both activities will be held in the campus library lounge (located on the second floor of the campus).
At the evening session, Harway will read from her forthcoming book, “All That is Left,” a collection of poems that combines elements of history, memory, and fiction to weave the story of three generations of a Jewish immigrant family. The strands of narrative stretch over much of the 20th century, from the shtetls of eastern Europe, to Depression-era New York, to the cultural and emotional devastation wrought by WWII. A conscious hybrid of memoir and invention, these poems are a tribute to the losses and the resilience of the people who might have lived them.
Harway’s books of poetry include The Memory Box (2002) and All That is Left (forthcoming in 2009). She is a recipient of the 2007 Fellowship in Literature from the Wisconsin Arts Board, as well as fellowships from the Hambidge Center and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals, including The Adirondack Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Cape Rock, Cottonwood, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Red River Review, and Southern Poetry Review. With her husband and two children, she makes her home in the Milwaukee area.