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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 6 - October 28
Open to the public

This exhibition is in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers! Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling Presse began its life in as a xeroxed zine and slowly transformed into a Brooklyn-based nonprofit small press led by a volunteer collective that has brought out more than 250 titles to date. Throughout its history, UDP has favored emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade and letterpress elements, calling attention…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, October 18
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. 1st set: Steve Nelson-Rainey (saxophone) and Jack Grassel (guitar) 2nd set: PaVda (Hal Rammel and Linda Binder on sound palette and electic violin, respectively) with guest, Amanda Schoofs (vocals/electronics)

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Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell

Saturday, October 20
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us for an evening with Soham Patel and Lauren Russell! Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor at Fence and The Georgia Review. Her chapbooks include and nevermind the storm (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013) New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2016), and in airplane and other poems (Oxeye Press, 2018). She is the author of the full-length collections to afar from afar (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and ever really hear it (Subito, 2018), winner of the…

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Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

Thursday, October 25
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work! The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay.  This reading is open mic style with the Urban Echo Poets reading alongside members of the public. Sign up is open day of - arrive 15 minutes early to ensure a spot!

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Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

Sunday, October 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh are celebrating the release of their collaborative chapbook, Vanishing Point (tinder | tender, 2018). All proceeds from sales of Vanishing Point will go to the Environmental Defense Fund. Kathleen A. Dale is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Beautiful Unnamed (Zarigueya Press, 2015). She is also a mentor of poets, whether in the early or later stages of their career. Among numerous other…

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We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, November 17
5:00pm, Reception + Program: $80 individual or $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance or $30 door

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: Woodland Pattern Book Center's 38th Anniversary Gala The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee Please join us at Woodland Pattern's 38th Annual Anniversary Gala, a cultural milestone celebrating American poetry, the arts, and everyone—including you—who have for nearly four decades made our organization’s work possible. The evening will feature a collaborative performance by award-winning writer Nathaniel Mackey and acclaimed jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell, as well as an address by Jen Benka, President of the Academy of…

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Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

Friday, November 30
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit, Different Worlds, and the forthcoming pamphlet Our Rimbaud Mask (Ugly Duckling Presse). She is also the author of several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures and Anna Vitale's Pop Poems. Recent poems and prose have appeared in Alienocene, Columbia Poetry Review, Full Stop, and Jacket2. She earned an MFA from Bard and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hosts the Tenderness Junction on WFMU in Jersey City and teaches writing in New…

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Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Friday, December 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Riverwest Film & Video - Directed by Emir Cakaroz "This documentary is about Riverwest Film & Video, which rents out DVDs and sells film equipment. It also hosts a neighborhood radio station which is open to anyone who wants to have a program. The documentary examines the regulars of the store and the radio programmers and their relationships with the place. The film is also an investigation of a space in which the public and the private merge." –Emir Cakaroz     Director Biography Emir…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Oct 6 October 6 - October 28
6:00pm, Open to the public
Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibition is in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers! Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling…

Read More

performances
Oct 18 Thursday, October 18
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. 1st set:…

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readings & workshops
Oct 20 Saturday, October 20
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell

Join us for an evening with Soham Patel and Lauren Russell! Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 25 Thursday, October 25
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work! The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 28 Sunday, October 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh are celebrating the release of their collaborative chapbook, Vanishing…

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special events
Nov 17 Saturday, November 17
5:00pm, Reception + Program: $80 individual or $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance or $30 door
We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: Woodland Pattern Book Center's 38th Anniversary Gala The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee Please…

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readings & workshops
Nov 30 Friday, November 30
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit, Different Worlds, and the forthcoming pamphlet Our Rimbaud Mask (Ugly Duckling Presse).…

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film & video
Dec 14 Friday, December 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Riverwest Film & Video - Directed by Emir Cakaroz "This documentary is about Riverwest Film & Video, which rents out DVDs and…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing Anthology
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline


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Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing by Anthology

Small Press

Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing is a poetry chapbook anthology project to honor all who participated in Milwaukee's 1967-68 open housing marches and to envision and help build the inclusive community we need. Inclusive of a range of poets and poetic styles, the chapbook serves as a metaphor for the inclusive neighborhoods we value and seek to build.

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