Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland will be in Sparta April 17th to help us celebrate National Poetry Month. He will be giving two readings, at the Sparta Barney Senior Meal Site, at 2PM and 6PM. Max Garland is a former rural letter carrier and the author of The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition in 2006, as well as a chapbook Apparition. His work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, Georgia Review, Best American Short Stories, and many other journals and anthologies. He has received a NEA Fellowship for Poetry, Michener Fiction Fellowship, a Bush Literary Fellowship, the Tara Short Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in both poetry and fiction. He lives and teaches in Eau Claire, and is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.