Wisconsin author Peggy Rozga to talk about work April 15

Author and civil rights activist Margaret “Peggy” Rozga will be the featured speaker for the Friends of Lane Library April 15. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the library. All are welcome to attend.

Rozga is a civil rights activist, poet, playwright, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, and the author of Justice Freedom Herbs (Word Tech Press 2015), Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad (Benu Press 2012) and 200 Nights and One Day (Benu Press 2009). She served as managing editor of the chapbook anthology Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin (Little Bird Press, 2013).

Her essay “Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in local ground(s), the Cow Feather Press anthology of prose works from Verse Wisconsin. She has been awarded residencies at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology and at the Ragdale Foundation and a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society.

A sought-after poetry workshop facilitator and speaker about social justice issues, Rozga believes that both activism and creative writing involve seeing, being aware beyond the obvious and having the dogged determination to get something right.

Rozga graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the widow of Fr. James Groppi, who was a civil rights leader in Milwaukee.


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