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Poetry Reading


Featuring Ron Czerwien

Ron shares poetry from his recent collection published by Bent Paddle Press.

Ron Czerwien

Ron Czerwien

Ron Czerwien graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a BA in English in 1973. In 1993 he purchased Avol’s Bookstore in Madison. 

For many years Ron hosted poetry readings and open mics at Avol’s and at different venues in Madison. Ron’s poems have appeared online and in a number of print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. He is the author of the chapbook, “A Ragged Tear Down The Middle Of Our Flag,” published in 2017 by locofo chaps, an imprint of Moria Books. His new chapbook, “a little rain, a little more,” was published in 2018 by Bent Paddle Press. 

These days Ron continues to sell used and out-of-print books on the internet under the name Avol’s Books, LLC and he serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers. In his free time Ron creates collages that combine old advertising images and appropriated text to amuse his friends. Some of these can be seen on his Instagram account @czerwienron.

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