Poetry Reading: Jim Chapson and Tyler Farrell

Poetry Reading featuring Jim Chapson and Tyler Farrell, and celebrating two recent Adjunct Press chapbooks, Milwaukee Liddy Hagiography by Tyler Farrell, and Walk A Little Differently Up Hill by James Liddy.  

In person at Woodland Pattern


Born in Honolulu in 1944, Jim Chapson attended San Francisco State University and received his MA in 1968. With his partner, the Irish poet James Liddy (1934–2008), he moved to Milwaukee in 1976 and taught in the UW-Milwaukee English Department as an adjunct until 2016. He served as Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee from 2014 to 2016. He loves queens, corgis, and the contemplative good life.

Tyler Farrell was born in Illinois; grew up in Milwaukee, and was educated by the Jesuits at Marquette High School and Creighton University, and by layfolk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in many periodicals and anthologies and a biographical essay for James Liddy’s Selected Poems (Arlen House, 2011).

Farrell has three collections of poems published with Salmon Poetry: Ireland: Tethered to the Earth (2008), The Land of Give and Take (2012), and Stichomythia (2018). His recent works, Milwaukee Liddy Hagiography (2024) and Walk a Little Differently Uphill: Letters and Poems of James Liddy (2024) were both published by Adjunct Press. Farrell (whose name is Irish for "courageous") is an Associate Professor of English at Marquette University where he teaches writing, poetry, Irish and British literature, drama, and film. He also leads two study abroad programs to Ireland in summer and London’s West End in January. He lives in Madison with his wife Joan and two sons, Holden and Linus.