• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
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
Nov 21 Saturday, November 21
7:00pm, Pay What You Can


Join us for a reading with visiting writers Brenda Coultas and Stacy Szymaszek!

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press, and she is a contributing fiction editor at Black and Grey. Her other books included The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness and the Denver Quarterly. This past year she was a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation.



Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press,2005), Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009) and hart island (Nightboat Books, 2015). Her book Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals won the 2014 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and is forthcoming in 2016. Select chapbook titles include Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012) and Journal Started in August (Projective Industries, 2015).​ ​​Szymaszek is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and a mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She worked at Woodland Pattern from 1999-2005. She currently lives in New York City where she is the Director of The Poetry Project ​​at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. ​




Please also joins us for The Curious Writing Cabinet, a workshop with Brenda Coultas taking place from 2 PM until 5 PM on Sunday, November 22. 



from The Tatters


A wet pigeon said, “Why don’t I ask for what I really want?”


I have forgotten the purpose

Of touching a child’s hand

Of pigeon shit on perfect feathers

Of deep round cake pans


In taking it apart

to see how it works

I realized that I wish to control the means of production


                    -Brenda Coultas



from hart island


who’s under who’s wing


make a pantomime of loss some-


one made Aspiration a new


arm from sticks and paper


mache he’s holding a bouquet


so furtive this is flip phone to flip


phone only a white whale


away here is my card I am not


working is what I will say


here is my card I am not working


today wish friends would re-


populate as quickly as the fields


                    -Stacy Szymaszek


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