Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate 2015-17
Jessie Lynn McMains, Racine Poet Laureate
If you think most poetry is stuffy, pompous, and only meant for a certain crowd, Jessie is going to challenge that idea. A writer, zine-maker, and poet laureate of Racine, one of her goals is "...to show people that poetry doesn't have to be boring, that it doesn't belong to snooty professor-types or pretentious hipsters who hang out in cafes all day long; it can have the energy of a punk rock show," she says.
She is the author of the forthcoming book from Pioneers Press, What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk, and the zine, Reckless Chants, available through Etsy.
Get to know her at rustbeltjessie.tumblr.com
Brent Mitchell, Kenosha Poet Laureate
For Brent Mitchell, poetry has always been a part of the everyday. Quoted like lyrics from pop music or memorized like commercial jingles, he grew up knowing these metaphorical words were the doorway to self-expression and commemorating the world around us.
Brent has worked as a cowboy, hitchhiked across the country, lived in Nashville, Great Britain, and spent time in Mexico. All of these adventures are woven into both his music and poetry; stories of vast Texas skies and the breath of horses, but also the human condition. His layered poetry speaks of love, of faith, of death.
He has recorded several albums, been nominated for a Grammy, and released his first collection of poetry, Cowboys, Mermaids, and the Lord of Death, through Left of the Lake.
Text from Issue 12 of Left of the Lake Magazine. Jessie Lynn McMains article by Lisa Adamowicz Kless. Brent Mitchell article by Peg Rousar-Thompson.