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Event Calendar
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 18 Sunday, October 18
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

A reading in celebration of Lisa Fishman's 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015), Patrick Morrissey's The Differences (Pressed Wafer, 2014), and David Wilk's visit as presenter at the 2015 Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival


Lisa Fishman’s most recent book is 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015). She is also the author of F L O W E R  C A R T; The Happiness Experiment; Dear, Read (all on Ahsahta Press) and others. She lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. 





Patrick Morrissey is the author of Transparency (Cannibal, 2009) and The Differences (Pressed Wafer,2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, The Cultural Society, The Nation, and other journals. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he now lives in Chicago, Illinois.



David Wilk has published and distributed poetry in print and digital formats since the 1970's. He was editor of the influential literary journal TRUCK and affiliated Truck Press, devoting an entire issue to Lorine Niedecker's work. He currently publishes pop culture startup Frederator Books and the independent Prospecta Press. His podcast at writerscast.com features hundreds of interviews with writers and publishers. 







Day breaks

with the garbage


truck’s beep

then dissolves


into fog, a

second sleep


cradled in diesel,

the hydraulics


churning at

some distance


a vague dream

turning over again


                    —Patrick Morrissey


September 20-21, 2013


It would be better if we were outside—Lisa, Tianna and Sam

on Friday afternoon on the second day of Fall, at 4:30

and all.


Whoever you are, what do you know?


Time flaws

and to me flew not one white goose

but upside down I saw it’s good

the undersides of maple leaves

the ragged edges’ dandelion leaves, surprised they’re there

this far past summer


Sam & Tianna have left the room; I too


It seems there’s a mouse in my sock


24 times

or 24 centers

in the Daoist body    what a coincidence

I read that yesterday


Brooke told me he’s fine now

No reason for him to tell me, but I’ll tell Charles anyway

in a dream last night


Think of the colors

there now in the canyon

and above it in the ridges

elegy is unintended


         —Lisa Fishman from 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015)



Coyote’s Chili Dream


Coyote wakes up dreaming of food

It's time to go shopping — 

Puts on a parka.

Yes it's cold enough to wear.

Looks good too. 

He dances down the snowy streets 

Humming, thinking about food.

A nice chili, he thinks.

Meat and gravy, rich and warm.

A rabbit maybe.

He is so distracted by hunger dreams

He does not hear the wolf

following close behind him.


            —David Wilk