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Cabin Fever 2018-19




Cabin fever 2018-2019

Note: Due to weather, the final session with Katrin Talbot will be Feb 20 from 6:30-8:00p @ Central.

Looking to be a part of a friendly writing community? Free and open to adult writers of all levels, this winter the Bubbler will be hosting three consecutive all-genre workshops. These classes will be led by some of Madison’s brightest minds and will keep your creative flame alive throughout our darkest months! Registration is recommended.

All classes are Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00p in the Bubbler room @ Central.

  • Session 1: Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24 (2018) with Derrick Austin

  • Session 2: Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14 (2018) with Oscar Mireles

  • Session 3: Jan 9, Jan 16, & Feb 20 (2019) with Katrin Talbot

Please note that by registering, you are signed up for all sessions of Cabin Fever. You are free to attend any and all classes as you wish. If you have any questions, please contact volunteer coordinator Aaron Fai at


Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Gulf Coast, The Nation, Tin House, and other anthologies and publications. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the 2017 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and the 2017 Norma Faber First Book Award.  He served as the 2016-2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.

Oscar Mireles is Poet Laureate of the City of Madison (2015-2020) and editor of three anthologies titled I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin. He has also published a children’s book titled Why Did You Name Me Javier, Dad? and a chapbook of poetry titled Second Generation.

He has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the community. These awards include the Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2009) Literacy Advocate of the Year ,Wisconsin Literacy (2011) and Friend of Education Award from Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers (2012). Leadership Award from the Young Professional Group of the Urban League of Greater Madison (2013) and “Believe and Succeed Award from the Hispanic Leadership Luncheon (2015). “Outstanding Educator Award” from the 100 Black Men of Madison (2016) and Distinguished Community Service Award from the Madison Chapter of The Links (2017).

He is the Executive Director of Omega School, where he has been employed for the past 23 years. Omega School provides GED preparation and adult basic education services to Dane County young adults, who do not possess a high school diploma. During his tenure he has personally assisted over 5,000 students with earning a GED/HSED credential.

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Blind Lifeguard is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She has four other chapbooks, including The Little Red Poem & noun’d, verb, both from dancing girl press, Freeze-Dried Love from Finishing Line Press, and St. Cecilia’s Daze, published by Parallel Press. She has recently been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry and was voted Madison Magazine’s Best of 2015 Spoken Word Artist/Poet.