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Informal Recitation Event

Following her reading Thursday night, Kimberly will host an Informal Recitation Event Friday from 11am to 1pm.

For the recitation event, please select a published poem by a poet you love and learn it "by heart." Come anytime during the event window of 11am to 1pm and Blaeser will videotape you reciting your poem.

If you can’t make it to the recitation event, formal Challenge rules are below.


In her tenure as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Blaeser created the first-ever Wisconsin Poetry Recitation Challenge to celebrate recited poetry, a lost art. 

Residents of Wisconsin are invited to select a published poem by a poet they love and learn it "by heart." They should then create a videotape of reciting the poem, providing:

  • An introduction with name of poet and title of poem
  • Insight as to why the poem is meaningful. 

Send video to:

In your email include:

  1. Subject line: “Submission Recitation Project” followed by name (for example: Submission Recitation Project, Kimberly Blaeser).
  2. Body of the email: name of person reciting the poem, title and name of poet, along with the location and date of the recitation.

All videos will be considered for posting by the Wisconsin Laureate Commission. 

Earlier Event: October 27
Poetry Reading
Later Event: November 17
Poetry Reading