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File #: 58477    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of Oscar Mireles during his tenure as Madison Poet Laureate.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/25/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 12/3/2019 Final action: 12/3/2019
Enactment date: 12/6/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00791
Title: Recognizing the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of Oscar Mireles during his tenure as Madison Poet Laureate.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Donna V. Moreland, Sally Rohrer, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
12/3/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/25/20191 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

No City appropriation required.

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Recognizing the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of Oscar Mireles during his tenure as Madison Poet Laureate.

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WHEREAS, Oscar Mireles has served as poet laureate for the City of Madison, and is the City's first Latinx poet laureate, since January 21, 2016; and,

WHEREAS, he stewarded the Bus Lines Program, in collaboration with Metro Transit and Edgewood College, expanding the Program to be bilingual in English and Spanish; and,

 

WHEREAS, as Poet Laureate, he republished the anthologies "I Didn't Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin" Volumes 1 and 2; and,

 

WHEREAS, he contributed poems to the Poetry in Sidewalks Program on both Spaight and Monroe Streets; and,

 

WHEREAS, he took numerous interviews and made many classroom appearances to maintain the high public profile of the position established by previous Poets Laureate; and,

 

WHEREAS, he Initiated National Poetry Month activities with the Madison Public Library including readings with Wisconsin Poets Laureates, the Parking Ticket Poetry Project on April Fool’s Day, and the annual reception for the Bus Lines poetry winners; and,

 

WHEREAS, he fundraised to increase the John Tuschen Poet Laureate Memorial Endowment (started by Andrea Musher) so that it now yields an annual honorarium of $500 to help offset expenses related to this voluntary position; and,

 

WHEREAS, in collaboration with Samantha Becker Crownover of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, he initiated Art Party Madison, a professional networking event for artists and writers in Madison,

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and the Common Council of the City of Madison Wisconsin do hereby recognize the dedicated service and outstanding achievements of Oscar Mireles during his tenure as Madison Poet Laureate.