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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 4 - Feb 26

Elephant House: photos by Dick Blau

readings & workshops
February 24

Overburden: A Climate Novella Release Reading

film & video
March 4

aCinema presents fAUXkumentary

special events
March 9

Social Justice Reading & Action Group

readings & workshops
March 9 -9

Offsite: Book Arts Workshop with Leslie Fedorchuk

readings & workshops
March 10

Milwaukee Resists

performances
March 12

Alternating Currents Live presents Olivia Block

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) with Susan Firer & Matt Cook

exhibitions
March 17 -17

Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

readings & workshops
March 25

Poetry Reading: Ronaldo V. Wilson

Featured Upcoming Events

Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

December 4 - February 26
1:00pm, FREE

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration with historian of the zoo, Nigel Rothfels.     Exhibition has been extended through  Sunday, February 26   Dick Blau is a photographer and filmmaker and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed UWM Department of Film. Working with anthropologist colleagues, he is the author of Skyros Carnival, Bright Balkan Morning, Polka Happiness, and Polka Heartland, four photo-ethnographies that explore the transformative power of music and dance…

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Overburden: A Climate Novella Release Reading

Friday, February 24
7:00pm, FREE

  featuring performances by: Peter D Murphy Sean Williamson Nicole Lizette Newson Freesia McKee Daniel R Townsend Cat Ries   Peter Danielson Murphy's self-published novella Overburden follows three young radicals in their battle against a corrupt oil company's Midwest mining operation. Creepy sci-fi elements help connect the dots between climate violence, state violence, and economic violence. http://www.redearthpress.org/products/   Sean Williamson has lived in Alaska, Colombia, Los Angeles and has directed twelve films (music videos, documentary, drama). His directing/writing feature debut, Heavy Hands, was an official selection to the 2013 Raindance Film…

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aCinema presents fAUXkumentary

Saturday, March 4
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

  aCinema presents fAUXkumentary     COW TRAILS OR THE MOON (2012) Abby Sun, 15 min, HD digital video Two boys, their dogs, and a 24-pack of PBR. APPROXIMATIONS (2016) Ghislaine Leung, 8 minutes 38 seconds, Stereo Audio Approximations came out of, and in this sense, is, my desire to write inclusively, or perhaps better to write without exclusion, where information had parity, was all material, seamless and framed, touching and pulling back. A writing not so much produced but lived on the tongue, tuned to a speed and…

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Social Justice Reading & Action Group

Thursday, March 9
6:00pm, FREE; books are available at Woodland Pattern

  Join us for a monthly reading and discussion group facilitated by Casey O'Brien and Krista Grensavitch, lecturers in Women’s & Gender Studies at UWM. Using each book as a starting point, we’ll read with an eye towards developing actionable ideas that might allow each of us to carry discussion topics outside the bookstore.   We’ll meet on Thursday, March 9 at 6 PM for the first of what will hopefully be many fruitful conversations!   To RSVP, or inquire further, please call 414-263-5001 or email readingsocialjusticemke@gmail.com   Please…

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Poetry & Pi(e) with Susan Firer & Matt Cook

Tuesday, March 14
7:00pm, $10 | $8 members of WP or Wisconsin Academy

  Join us on National Pi Day (March 14) for poetry, pie & coffee!   In collaboration with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, we’re excited to host a poetry reading with Susan Firer & Matt Cook. We'll have pie and coffee courtesy of Honeypie Cafe and Anodyne in celebration of everyone's favorite mathematical constant!   Tickets General $10.00 USDMember $8.00 USD   A portion of ticket sales will go to the Academy in order to further their mission to "foster a rich and…

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Exhibition: Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

March 17 - March 17
6:00pm, FREE

Join us as we welcome guest curator Milo Miller of the Queer Zine Archive Project for an exhibition of page 'blow-ups' from the archive. This program is part of Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ+ Community, a series of exhibitions, readings & performances celebrating work by LGBTQ+ writers & artists.   Pulling from the zines in the collection at QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project, and specifically featuring the work of Reb, the creator of the long-running Fanorama, this is an exhibition of…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Dec 4 December 4 - February 26
1:00pm, FREE
Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration…

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readings & workshops
Feb 24 Friday, February 24
7:00pm, FREE
Overburden: A Climate Novella Release Reading

  featuring performances by: Peter D Murphy Sean Williamson Nicole Lizette Newson Freesia McKee Daniel R Townsend Cat Ries   Peter Danielson Murphy's self-published novella Overburden follows three young…

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film & video
Mar 4 Saturday, March 4
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema presents fAUXkumentary

  aCinema presents fAUXkumentary     COW TRAILS OR THE MOON (2012) Abby Sun, 15 min, HD digital video Two boys, their dogs, and a 24-pack…

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special events
Mar 9 Thursday, March 9
6:00pm, FREE; books are available at Woodland Pattern
Social Justice Reading & Action Group

  Join us for a monthly reading and discussion group facilitated by Casey O'Brien and Krista Grensavitch, lecturers in Women’s &…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 14 Tuesday, March 14
7:00pm, $10 | $8 members of WP or Wisconsin Academy
Poetry & Pi(e) with Susan Firer & Matt Cook

  Join us on National Pi Day (March 14) for poetry, pie & coffee!   In collaboration with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences,…

Read More

exhibitions
Mar 17 March 17 - March 17
6:00pm, FREE
Exhibition: Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

Join us as we welcome guest curator Milo Miller of the Queer Zine Archive Project for an exhibition of page…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press The Service Porch Fred Moten
  Wasp Queen Claudia Cortese
  Of Being Dispersed Simone White
  Spiral Staircase Hirato Renkicki translated by Sho Sugita


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Spiral Staircase by Hirato Renkicki translated by Sho Sugita

Small Press

It's hard to fathom how a poet with such balls could go under the radar for nearly one hundred years. Hirato Renkichi's devotion to poetry puts him in the company of Rimbaud and Mayakovsky, and his work also provides a fascinating view into the flow of experimental forms from west to east in the early twentieth century. Sho Sugita's labor in contextualizing and translating this collection is a real gift to English-language readers. —LISA JARNOT

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