Besides National Poetry Month, April is also Jazz Appreciation Month. Naturally, poetry has it roots in song. Poets continually admire jazz for its resemblance to verse set in contemporary musical motion. NPR honors the intersection between these two forms in “5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz.” Listen to the creative collaborations here.


May 30: The Catalyst Project

Writers, make your words tangible. 

Art becomes an agent of change in Maxon Hall. Join other artists in creating an exhibition in Carroll University’s aged science building before demolition. Carroll is looking for artists to create site-specific, temporary installations. Here are the details:

  • Each artist can be assured of 6′ of wall space. More might be possible.
  • Supplies will NOT be provided.
  • Artists will have up to two and a half days to work in their space (May 28 – midday May 30.)
  • The event culminates in a festive opening for all on May 30 from 5-9 pm and will be widely publicized in the Waukesha/Milwaukee area.
  • Admission to the event is free. Food provided. Cash bar.

All writers are artists, but not every artist is a writer. Register here.

April 10: Convo event with film expert Barbara Scharres

Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming at the Gene Siskel Center for the Study of Film at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present “Iranian Cinema: Women on Both Sides of the Camera.” Come to the Oak Room this Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 pm and learn about her experience as a regularly invited attendee at Iranian film events. 

Scharres is an internationally known expert on film. Among her assignments, she regularly attends the festival in Cannes and contributes stories to the Sun Times. Convo points are available to all attendees. Read more about Scharres’s film contributions here

Student publication success

Congratulations to Taylor Hamann. Her poem, “At the Camp for the Mentally Disabled,” was recently accepted for publication in Red Cedar, UW-Barron County’s literary magazine.

Share your publication success with us. Comment below or message us on our Facebook page, the Carroll University Writing Program.

April is National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is a time to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. In its honor, we will share favorite poems from our faculty and students throughout the month.

Anecdote of the Jar                                                                                                                        by Wallace Stevens | favored by Dr. John Garrison 

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.


Share your success

Have you had a poem, short story, essay or other literary piece recently published? Congratulations! Now share it with us.

We will help promote your success. Message us on Facebook with the details or comment below. It’s an efficient way to announce your accomplishment to the Carroll community and your social media outlets.

No publication success yet? Don’t fret! Check out our contests page for places to submit your work.  Write on.