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Poet and playwright Margaret (Peggy) Rozga is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. As a member of the 1967-68 Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, she participated in the 200 nights of marching that helped secure passage of federal and local fair housing legislation in April 1968. Later she married civil rights leader Father James Groppi. They have three children.
Her play about the Milwaukee fair housing marches, March On Milwaukee, has seen three full productions and three concert readings since its debut at UW Waukesha in 2007. Her book Two Hundred Nights and One Day was awarded a bronze medal in poetry in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards and named an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. Her new collection of poems, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, reflects on her experience as the mother of an Army Reservist deployed first to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. It is scheduled for release in 2011.
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