Poetry Reading: BJ Best and Sarah Busse

Event date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 2:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Sarah Busse and BJ Best, who will be reading from their latest books of poetry!

Sarah Busse received her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She is one of Madison’s two current Poets Laureate, as well as the co-editor of Verse Wisconsin and Cowfeather Press. She also served as co-editor for the 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. She has two chapbooks and her full-length collection, Somewhere Piano, was published in 2012 by Mayapple Press (Woodstock, NY). Her poetry and reviews have been widely published and she has been awarded an Edenfred Day Fellow Arts Residency, the WFOP Chapbook Award, the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Lorine Niedecker Prize and a Pushcart Prize. She has coordinated and facilitated multiple events and panel discussions for the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival in recent years, and she appears regularly around the state and beyond, reading her work and discussing poetry. She teaches at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and has served as scholar for the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets’ Timeline.


Strike motherhood off the list of sentimental subjects. This resonant, intelligent debut reminds us that “spring is a burning season” and how fierce family breakfast can be on either side of the kitchen window. Sarah Busse fills the branches of these poems with eggs, birds, and other emblems of latency and desire, and her rhymes call beautifully from line to line, but predators lurk in the underbrush. -Lesley Wheeler, author of Heterotopia  and The Receptionist and Other Tales

BJ Best Author Photo

B.J. Best is the author of three books of poetry: But Our Princess Is in Another Castle (Rose Metal Press, 2013), Birds of Wisconsin (New Rivers Press, 2010) and State Sonnets (sunnyoutside, 2009). He is also the author of three chapbooks from Centennial Press, most recently Drag: Twenty Short Poems About Smoking. He teaches at Carroll University in Waukesha and lives in West Bend.

The color, noise, and often cryptic images of classic video games set the prose poems in B.J. Best’s But Our Princess Is in Another Castle in motion, but the poems soar far beyond their nostalgic springboards. And while Mario, Pac-Man, and pioneer families forsaken on The Oregon Trail populate these pixelated landscapes, this book translates the games and plays them in the real world, so an Asteroid becomes just one more star shot with lost love, Space Invaders might have communist sympathies, and God is just as bad at Tetris as the rest of us. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, the book’s levels explore how our past virtual lives can inform our present actual ones. A coming-of-age narrative turned love story turned philosophical journey, But Our Princess Is in Another Castle deftly combines two mediums into vivid poems as lyrical as they are imaginative.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison