UntitledTown is getting closer! UW-Green Bay has many organizers and partners. Events will take place from Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26, 2020. In order to bring top talent to the community for free, the festival relies on generous donations from the community. A Leap Day fundraiser starts on Saturday, Feb. 29, and the goal is to raise $15,000. Please donate if you can.
The 2020 Festival theme is “community,” which raises questions of identity, art, citizenship, caretaking and craft-making for readers and writers in Northeastern Wisconsin. Programming will include stories of adoptive families, domestic violence survivors and immigrant experiences.
In anticipation for the full schedule of 100+ readings, workshops, panels and discussion for all ages to be revealed in March, here’s a reminder of the headliners that will be at UntitledTown for this year’s festival:
Top Ten Headliners of 2020
– For Young Readers
Rosemary Wells: illustrator and writer • creator of “Max & Ruby” series about quarrelsome sibling bunnies • published 120 children’s books over 40 years
Jonah Larson: seventh grader from La Crosse, Wisconsin • crochet prodigy • author of Hello, Crochet Friends!: Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy • appearances on “The Today Show,” NPR •youngest-ever UntitledTown Festival headliner
Lulu Miller: science journalist • co-founder Invisibilia, an NPR program about unseen forces of human behavior •founding producer of Radiolab podcast • first book, Why Fish Don’t Exist—about nature, science, history, and Miller’s experiences— debuts in April 2020
Donna Hylton: author, A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound • advocate for incarcerated women and girls and the impact of prison on communities • featured speaker at 2017 Women’s March
Tayari Jones: novelist, author of An American Marriage, which was selected for Barack Obama’s 2018 year-end reading list and Oprah’s Book Club, and won the international 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction
Laila Lalami: novelist, author of The Other Americans, a 2019 finalist for the National Book Award • forthcomingnonfiction exploration of immigrant and American identity, Conditional Citizens, debuts in April 2020
Lisa Wingate: author, historical fiction • novel about black-market adoption, Before We Were Yours, sold over 2 million copies and spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list • next novel, The Book of Lost Friends, debuts in April 2020
Peter Geye: novelist, author of Minnesota-set family epics • novel, Wintering, won the Minnesota Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award • final book in Lake Superior trilogy, Northernmost, debuts in April 2020
Dasha Kelly Hamilton: Poet Laureate of Milwaukee • Arts Envoy for the US Embassy • performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam • commissioned production, Makin’ Cake, is making a national tour • author of four books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
José Olivarez: debut collection, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award, winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, and selected by the New York Public Library and National Public Radio as a best book of 2018 • next book, BreakBeat Poets: Latinext, re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora in poetry, and debuts in April 2020