2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
July 3, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Brostoff, Sinicki, Anderson,
Zamarripa, Crowley, Spreitzer, Goyke, L. Myers, Neubauer, Vruwink,
Hesselbein, Bowen, Sargent, Ohnstad, Subeck, Cabrera, Skowronski and C.
, cosponsored by Senators Larson, L. Taylor, Wirch and Bewley.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR70,1,2 1Relating to: recognizing Margaret Rozga for her appointment as Wisconsin Poet
AJR70,1,53 Whereas, on January 14, 2019 the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission
4announced that Margaret “Peggy” Rozga will serve as Wisconsin's poet laureate for
52019 and 2020; and
AJR70,1,86 Whereas, Rozga is a well-known writer from Milwaukee, whose poetry
7collections include Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad and Pestiferous Questions: A
8Life in Poems
; and
AJR70,1,109 Whereas, in 2009, Rozga received a bronze medal for her first book, 200 Nights
10and One Day
, in the Independent Publishers Book Awards; and
AJR70,1,1211 Whereas, in 2010 and 2013, the Wisconsin Library Association honored her
12with the Outstanding Achievement in Poetry literary award; and
AJR70,1,1513 Whereas, she is an emeritus professor of English at the University of
14Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha, where she teaches a continuing education
15poetry workshop; and
1Whereas, Rozga also serves on the program committee for the Southeast
2Wisconsin Festival of Books and as a judge for poetry and writing contests
3throughout the country; and
AJR70,2,54 Whereas, Rozga's remarkable poems draw on her experiences and interests as
5an educator, avid reader, parent, and advocate for social and racial justice; and
AJR70,2,76 Whereas, in her role as poet laureate, Rozga will serve as state ambassador of
7poetry by giving poetry readings throughout the state; and
AJR70,2,118 Whereas, Rozga has announced that her three initiatives as poet laureate
9include: encouraging people to claim a favorite poem, encouraging book clubs to focus
10at least one meeting a year on poetry, and building a Wisconsin poetry presence on
11social media; now, therefore, be it
AJR70,2,14 12Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
13Legislature offers its congratulations to Margaret Rozga for her appointment as
14Wisconsin Poet Laureate.
AJR70,2,1515 (End)