Yahara Journal’s Equity Project poetry reading

Hailey Griffin, Arts Editor

Poetry is an art form that allows humans to express and interpret their own convictions and experiences.

Poets, who allow us a glimpse into their lives, their change, their pain, their struggles, their wit and even their humor, should continually be recognized for their contributions to both the literary realm and the world in general.

Sometimes, a single poem can allow us to consider different perspectives that haven’t occurred to us, perhaps because we were unaware or perhaps because we didn’t make the conscious effort to make ourselves aware. A poem can allow people to cultivate their passion, their voice and their experience in a way that matters, in a way that they perhaps weren’t given before or in a way that makes an impact.

Madison’s Literary and Fine Arts Journal, Yahara Journal, realizes this, and has developed a way that poets can share their passion and their experience with others.

On March 5 at 1 p.m., as a part of Yahara Journal’s Equity Project, Yahara Journal will co-host a poetry reading with Madison’s own Art and Literature Laboratory. To attend the reading, follow this link: http://bit.ly/yaharapoetryreading.

This collaborative reading will feature poets like Adrian Matejka, Victoria C. Flanagan and Dujie Tahat.

Yahara Journal is honored to host Matejka, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of “The Devil’s Garden,” “The Big Smoke,” “Mixology,” and “Map to the Stars.” Matejka’s work sheds light on the human experience, race, and identity in a way that is personal, real and unique to his writing style.

Likewise, Yahara Journal is equally as honored to host Flanagan, author of “Glossary of Unsaid Terms” and Poetry Fellow at Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, as well as Tahat, author of “Here I Am O My God” and “Salat.”

Flanagan’s work, as referenced in their author profile, “negotiates dislocations,” drawing profundity from personal experience. Tahat’s work, on the other hand, “seeks to confront what has yet to be reconciled and interrogated.”