Chazen Museum of Art


Bridge Poetry Series: Certainty and Doubt: Paintings by Dan Ramirez

December 7, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

Invited Wisconsin poets will read original poems inspired by Certainty and Doubt: Paintings by Dan Ramirez

The Bridge Poetry Series is a collaboration of the Chazen Museum of Art and Wisconsin poets. The program, launched by Madison poets Katrin Talbot, Sara Parrell, Susan Elbe, and Jesse Lee Kercheval, was born from a desire to create a unique venue that builds a bridge between art and poetry, and brings together poets from around the state with a diverse range of styles.

Commissioned readings are held twice a year in association with new exhibitions at the Chazen. The poems will be available shortly after the reading on the Chazen Museum’s website.

The Poets and The Poems

CX Dillhunt
Sketchbooks / Courtesy of the artist     

Araceli Esparza
Mark Kraushaar

Oscar Mireles

Lynn Patrick Smith
Certainty and Doubt

This reading is dedicated to the memory of Susan Elbe, one of the Bridge Poetry Series founders. Her vision, passion and careful behind-the-scenes work was critical to the development of this collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art.


CX Dillhunt was born in Green Bay, Wis., and grew up in DePere, Wis., along the Fox River with his two older sisters and nine younger brothers and sisters. He is a writer, teacher, and grandfather. CX lives in Madison and is the editor of Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem.

Araceli Esparza: “To me, being Latinx writer means to be able to catch fires, to bring forth something from labor and sweat, to have enough when there’s not a lot.” Araceli Esparza is a Latinx Poeta, an MFA graduate from Hamline University, has strong migrant-farmer roots, and was recently published in Asteri(ix).

Mark Kraushaar’s work appears in the Hudson ReviewPloughshares, and The Yale Review, as well as Best American Poetry, and the website Poetry Daily. He has been featured in the Missouri Review as well as Michigan Quarterly and has been a recipient of Poetry Northwest’s Richard Hugo Award.  A full-length collection, Falling Brick Kills Local Man, was published by University of Wisconsin Press, as winner of the 2009 Felix Pollak Prize. His most recent collection, The Uncertainty Principle published by Waywiser Press, was chosen by James Fenton as winner of the Anthony Hecht Prize.

Oscar Mireles is the executive director of Omega School, where he has been employed for the past 23 years. Omega School provides GED preparation and adult basic education services to Dane County young adults who do not possess a high school diploma. During his tenure, he has personally assisted over 5,000 students with earning a GED/HSED credential. Oscar Mireles is a published poet and he is also the editor of three anthologies titled I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin. He has also published a children’s books and a chapbook of poetry. He was recently reappointed the “Poet Laureate” of the City of Madison for 2018–2020.

Lynn Patrick Smith lives in Madison, Wis., and is a singer/songwriter as well as a poet. His latest poetry collection is These Little Scenes from Fireweed Press. He has served as treasurer and regional vice president for The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. He is also on the board of the Madison Songwriters Guild and performs occasionally around the Madison area.

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