The Milwaukee Poet Laureate project was initiated in February 2000, is sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library and supported by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. The project is funded by a contribution from the Harry F. and Mary Franke Idea Fund.
The project committee selects a local poet to serve as Milwaukee Poet Laureate for a two-year term. The poet laureate makes several guest appearances during the term, promoting poetry throughout the community.
2017-2019 Poet Laureate: Roberto Harrison
Roberto Harrison has been named the 2017-2019 Milwaukee Poet Laureate. His books include Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), culebra (Green Lantern Press, 2016), Bridge of the World (Litmus Press, forthcoming 2017), and Yaviza (Atelos, forthcoming 2017), as well as many chapbooks.
His work has been published widely in journals and anthologies such as Chicago Review, Mandorla, Palabra, Puerto del Sol, Cream City Review, Callaloo, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. With Andrew Levy, Roberto edited the poetry journal Crayon from 1997 to 2008, and he is also the editor of Bronze Skull Press which has published over 20 chapbooks, including the work of many Midwestern poets. Most recently Roberto served as a co-editor for the Resist Much/Obey Little anthology. For several years, he hosted Milwaukee’s Enemy Rumor poetry reading series. Roberto is also a visual artist. His inaugural reading will be scheduled in spring.