Laureate Writers Series – June 2017

Poet Roberta Hill to Read at the “First Tuesday” Series

Poet and scholar Roberta Hill will read from her poetry on Tuesday, June 6th at 7 PM. The reading will take place at the Blue Heron Coffee House, 162 W.2nd St. Winona. The event is open to the public, is free of charge and will be followed by an open mic. Professor Hill’s visit is sponsored by Winona’s Fine Arts Commission.

Roberta Hill was born into the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Hill earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an MFA from the University of Montana, where she studied with the great lyric poet Richard Hugo. She received a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis was a biography of her paternal grandmother, Lillie Rosa Minoka Hill, a Mohawk, who was the second Native American woman to earn an MD in the United States. Hills’ books of poetry include Star Quilt, Philadelphia Flowers, and Cicadas: New and Selected Poems. Her work has appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines, and several of the important anthologies of Native American writing, including in Carriers of the Dream Wheel: Contemporary Native American Poetry, The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States, and Harper’s Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry. Roberta Hill teaches English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This performance is part of FIRST TUESDAY: The Laureate Writers Series. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by an open mic. Please note that from henceforth, every monthly open mic will have a theme. The theme for Tuesday’s open mic is LOVE. Please bring work related to the theme, but we won’t be iron-fisted about enforcing the theme.

The Laureate Writer’s Series is sponsored by the City of Winona’s Fine Arts Commission. The City of Winona is a partner of River Arts Alliance.

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