Nationally published authors to present readings

November 4, 2013
Adam Fell
Caryl Pagel

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two nationally published authors will read for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s humanities department Visiting Writers Reading Series on Nov. 6 in the Platteville Rooms of the Markee Pioneer Student Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. This is the second of the Visiting Writers Reading Series, which features three reading events each semester.

Featured authors at the Nov. 6 reading include Adam Fell and Caryl Pagel, who will do selected readings from their published poetry.

“UW-Platteville students and faculty members have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about the Visiting Writers Reading Series,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing at UW-Platteville and recipient of the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. “The series fosters a sense of community that's essential to the liberal arts education experience.”

Candito explained that for students, the readings offer different models of public speaking and presentation styles. She said that students as well as faculty members from a range of disciplines enjoy listening to and speaking with contemporary writers whose work is very much alive and engaged with the current world.

Fell said that he is looking forward to being one of the guest readers. “College is a time and place of epic change in the minds and hearts of students,” he said. “To have the opportunity to share my poems and participate, however briefly, in the burning whirl of it is an especially profound honor.”

Fell is the author of “Dear Corporation” and “I am not a Pioneer,” winner of the 2011 Posner Poetry Book Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers. He is a graduate of UW-Madison and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Madison, Wis., where he teaches at Edgewood College and co-curates the Monsters of Poetry Reading Series with Candito.

“Adam Fell's work is smart, outrageous and political,” said Candito. “In the spirit of the New York School, he captures the everyday language of people living their lives. Adam is also a great supporter of the arts in Wisconsin. Last spring, he directed a collaborative project between writers and visual artists, which resulted in an unforgettable exposition and reading.”

Pagel is the author of “Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death.” Her poems and essays are forthcoming in “The Iowa Review,” “The Mississippi Review,” “They Will Sew the Blue Sail” and “notnostrums.” She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at “jubilat.” She has taught creative writing at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wis.; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis.; Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

“Caryl Pagel's poems unfold fugue states,” said Candito. “They capture the haunting undercurrents of a dream-world that runs beneath the surface of daily experience. Like Emily Dickinson, Pagel is a poet of the private, internal world, which she brings to life through language. In her first book, “Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death,” she borrows imagery from Victorian photographs, 19th century science and the occult. Her reading style is dynamic and utterly original.”

The department of humanities visiting writers readings and other creative writing readings during the past year have been made possible, in part, by donations from an anonymous patron of the arts.

Following the reading, there will be a question and answer period, refreshments and a book signing.

Contact: Kara Candito, department of humanities, (608) 342-6154,
Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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