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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
August 25 - Oct 1

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

performances
September 21

Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

film & video
September 22

aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

exhibitions
September 23 -23

Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

readings & workshops
September 28

Poetry Reading: Stacy Blint, Rebecca Eland & Mark Tardi

readings & workshops
September 30

100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

readings & workshops
October 5

Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

exhibitions
October 11

Exhibition: Jen Bervin, Tactile Lanuguage

readings & workshops
October 12

Offsite Event: Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee

readings & workshops
October 13

Poetry Reading: Caitlin Scarano, Paula Carter & Freesia McKee

performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

special events
November 3

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala!

 

readings & workshops
November 8

Poetry Reading: Matt Cook

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

August 25 - October 1
11:00am, FREE

  EXHIBITION  Vicki, with an i Organized by Michelle Grabner of The Suburban & Poor Farm Press August 25 – October 1, 2017   Vicki, with an i speaks to the changing power dynamics afforded woman in western culture.   Latin for ‘Victory” or “Conquer” the name descends from the Greek Goddess Nike. The artists included in this exhibition assert their authority and rights by dedicating time, craft, and critical imagination to a daily routine. Moreover, each artist freely evolves and stretches their visual language with the power…

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Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

Thursday, September 21
7:00pm, $6

Set 1   Steve Nelson-Raney - solo   Steve Nelson-Raney continues his ongoing solo work, ‘Bechet’s Garden,’ for soprano saxophone and drums.   Set 2   Linda Binder - violin Jay Mollerskov - guitar & electronics Steve Schlei - iPad/software instruments Paul Westfahl - drums   These four musicians have performed together in various ensembles and will present a set of improvised music together.

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aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

Friday, September 22
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

// In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise // N-Judah 5:30 (2004) Sam Green, 3 minutes 18 seconds, 16mm transferred to video A portrait of the streetcar that passed in front of Green’s apartment in San Francisco for many years.   Sam Green is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. He received his Master’s Degree in Journalism from University of California Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Green’s most recent projects are the “live documentaries” The Measure of All Things,…

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Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

September 23 - September 23
6:00pm, FREE

PROGRAMMING Exhibition Reception  Saturday, September 23 - 6-9 PM featuring a panel discussion with:  Marilu Knode (Moderator) Laura Perry (writer) Sara Daleiden (artist) Lisa Sutcliff (curator) Kim Miller (artist) Erin Washington (artist) Kirsten Stoltmann (artist) & a reading by author Lisa Baggenson from Motherism followed by a Q+A with Milwaukee artist Rose DeSalvio * * * EXHIBITION Vicki, with an i Organized by Michelle Grabner Vicki, with an i speaks to the changing power dynamics afforded woman in western culture. Latin for ‘Victory” or “Conquer” the name descends from the Greek Goddess Nike. The artists included in…

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100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

Saturday, September 30
7:00pm, FREE

100 Thousand Poets for Change is global movement of poets, musicians and artists around the world who organize poetry readings, music and dance performances focused on issues of peace, justice, and sustainability.  Join us on Saturday, September 30th at 7 PM for a FREE reading by poets from Milwaukee and environs who share in the vision of this global movement and recognize poetry’s potential as a force for change.  Poets will include:  Brenda Cárdenas Roberto Harrison Dasha Kelly Soham Patel Margaret Rozga Amanda Ngoho Reavey Angie Trudell Vasquez Lisa Vihos

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Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

Thursday, October 5
8:00pm, FREE

Join us to celebrate Feliz Lucia Molina’s chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary, 2016). This reading is part of the Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series organized by Soham Patel.   ABOUT CRYSTAL MARYS           Written from the impassive surface of the Internet and the high desert of Southern California, Crystal Marys is a field study of social-media fatigue, suburban youth, Filipino immigrancy, a denim day job in LA’s garment district, and other sites of crystallized dis/enchantment. Molina traces life’s “beautiful unreliable narrative logic” by the devotional images…

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37th Anniversary Gala

Friday, November 3
5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala! Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts 2419 E Kenwood Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53211   TICKETS Tickets for both the reception and program are available at the door.  Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple Program Only: $30 Door   SCHEDULE   5:30 pm Reception Cash bar, catered hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, mingling with Gala Honorees, David Wilk and Tom Montag; featured poet TBA; and numerous notable Milwaukeeans.   7 pm Program Presentation of awards to Gala Honorees, David Wilk and Tom…

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Legacy Fund


Announcing the retirement of Anne Kingsbury as a Founding Executive Director on March 30, 2018. Help sustain Anne & Karl's vision of a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.

Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Aug 25 August 25 - October 1
11:00am, FREE
Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

  EXHIBITION  Vicki, with an i Organized by Michelle Grabner of The Suburban & Poor Farm Press August 25 – October 1, 2017   Vicki, with…

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performances
Sep 21 Thursday, September 21
7:00pm, $6
Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

Set 1   Steve Nelson-Raney - solo   Steve Nelson-Raney continues his ongoing solo work, ‘Bechet’s Garden,’ for soprano saxophone and drums.   Set 2   Linda Binder…

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film & video
Sep 22 Friday, September 22
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

// In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise // N-Judah 5:30 (2004) Sam Green, 3 minutes 18 seconds, 16mm transferred…

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exhibitions
Sep 23 September 23 - September 23
6:00pm, FREE
Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

PROGRAMMING Exhibition Reception  Saturday, September 23 - 6-9 PM featuring a panel discussion with:  Marilu Knode (Moderator) Laura Perry (writer) Sara Daleiden (artist) Lisa Sutcliff (curator) Kim Miller…

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readings & workshops
Sep 30 Saturday, September 30
7:00pm, FREE
100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

100 Thousand Poets for Change is global movement of poets, musicians and artists around the world who organize poetry readings, music…

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readings & workshops
Oct 5 Thursday, October 5
8:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

Join us to celebrate Feliz Lucia Molina’s chapbook Crystal Marys (Scary Topiary, 2016). This reading is part of the Kundiman Midwest…

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special events
Nov 3 Friday, November 3
5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR
37th Anniversary Gala

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala! Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts 2419 E Kenwood…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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