Poetry reading in celebration of Women’s History Month

March 7, 2013

 Poet Laura Madeline Wiseman will give a reading of poems from her book “Unclose the Door” on Monday, March 25, from noon to 1 in the Wyckoff Room in the Cullom-Davis Library at Bradley University. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program, a celebration of Women’s History Month, is sponsored by the Friends of Cullom-Davis Library.

In her book "Unclose the Door" Wiseman bases her poems on the life of the nineteenth century lecturer, suffragist, and poet, Matilda Fletcher (1842-1909), who spoke on stage with other suffragists of her time, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frances Willard.  Fletcher also invented and patented a design for traveling trunks for women, wrote bills that were passed into law, and published several books.

"Unclose the Door" was designed, printed, and hand bound by students in the book arts program in Bradley’s Department of Art, under the direction of Professor Robert Rowe and published in 2012 by the Gold Quoin Press housed on campus.  

Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English.  She has authored seven books of poetry and a 2013 anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press).