by Bill Novak
The new poet laureate for Madison has a decidedly Latino flavor to his work.
Oscar Mireles will be the city’s fifth poet laureate, continuing a tradition started by Mayor Paul Soglin when he appointed the first poet laureate, John Tuschen, in 1977, during his first term in office.
A reception and poetry reading is planned on Jan. 31 at Centro Hispano, celebrating Mireles as the city’s first Latino poet laureate.
“I have known and respected Oscar Mireles for many years, and his talents are wide ranging,” Soglin said in announcing the appointment on Monday.
Dane County’s cultural affairs director Mark Fraire said Latino life is documented in Mireles’ work “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.”
“His writings offer a glimpse into the life of … continue reading >>