The Long and Short of Lorine Niedecker

The Long & Short of Lorine Niedecker will take place on Friday, April 19 from 2-3 in the Library Community Room.  It will be led by poet & author Chuck Stebelton.  There is a picture of Lorine sitting next to a table looking out a window.  The background of the slide is periwinkle, with a large, darker periwinkle circle in the middle, and a handful of yellow stars scattered around.
E.D. Locke Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee Street McFarland, WI 53558
A woman (Lorine Niedecker) sits in a chair looking out the window. In front of her is a desk and behind her is a bookshelf full of books.

In this interactive, introductory workshop we will read together to see and hear Lorine Niedecker’s astonishing poetry. We’ll look at her exemplary short poems as well as examples of her late, great long poems in the context of Niedecker’s remarkable life and letters. Led by poet & author Chuck Stebelton. 

This program will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.  You can find the link on our YouTube channel or go directly from here:

Lorine Niedecker was born in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on May 12, 1903. She lived in the area for most of her life, but for a brief sojourn in New York City in the 1930s. The beauty of her natural surroundings had a notable impact on her work, which distills sound, image, and familiar speech with remarkable clarity. Since her death in 1970, major critics have identified Niedecker as a significant and original voice in contemporary American poetry and she is now considered an important modernist poet. During her lifetime, Lorine saw only four books of poetry published: New Goose, My Friend Tree, North Central and T&G. Between the years 1963 and her death in 1970, she expanded as a poet, writing longer poems like “Wintergreen Ridge” and the haunting, autobiographical “Paean to Place.” Admired by her poetic peers, Lorine Niedecker’s reputation as a major 20th century poet has expanded since her death with the publication of her collected works and two editions of correspondence.

Chuck Stebelton is author most recently of One Hundred Patterns & Three Heuristics (Green Gallery Press, 2023). His previous poetry collections include An Apostle Island (Oxeye Press, 2021), The Platformist (Cultural Society, 2012), and Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). He currently serves as Project Manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center, a nonprofit literary arts organization in Milwaukee. As a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer, he has led workshops and field trips for nonprofit organizations and conservancy groups including Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters; Milwaukee Public Library; Woodland Pattern Book Center; Friends of Lorine Niedecker; and Lynden Sculpture Garden. He recently completed an ARTservancy artist residency with River Revitalization Foundation and has held residencies at Lynden Sculpture Garden in 2011, 2014, and from 2018 to 2024.


This program was made possible with the support of Beyond the Page, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Madison Community Foundation

Sara Hendrickson, 608-838-9030