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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

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 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

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
Dec 16 Wednesday, December 16
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Join us to celebrate the publication of Michael Sikkema’s May Apple Deep (Trembling Pillow Press, 2015).


Michael Sikkema has worked in factories, YMCA camps, higher education and landscaping. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently May Apple Deep from Trembling Pillow Press. He is also the author of several chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks, most recently Time Missing, an exploration of alien abduction narratives, pioneer captivity narratives, and narratives of other types of cultural oppression available from Grey Book Press. He enjoys correspondence at michael.sikkema@gmail.com.


Jen Tynes is the founding editor of Horse Less Press. She is the author of three full-length booksof poetry—Trick Rider (Trembling Pillow Press), Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), and The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press), and the author or co-author of eight chapbooks. Her fourth book of poetry, Hunter Monies, is forthcoming from Black Radish Books in early 2016. She teaches writing and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


I started disappearing when I was five


The doctors called them events


They were not


Nothing is not something


The hole in the wall = crickets/space

I don’t know the leap to other


My people said all the things


‘Looked everywhere’ ‘worried


sick’ they held me a little too hard


I found out they called it


splintering I mean my people


didn’t the strangers did

I don’t know what you know


The light is real not like TV


A door I guess but you don’t go


They come through I don’t mean


they have bodies


          —Michael Sikkema, from TIME MISSING



Those aren’t spring onions, I am 100

percent swamp

positive, the one old stalk

I found by itself

might be a little lighter than

when you wake up and purchase

your own. Sometimes I need a lot of people


telling me not to mow

the grass why is that? You know me

as the pollinator’s best friend; I’m the one

who told you

about the vibrator they use

on isolated flowers.

Sometimes it’s bougie to sit

up next to fruit trees & power


lines, thinking what sexy shit

I would say long distance:

what they call ramps have such wide

greens you can be arrested

for unearthing them in front

of strangers. Soft shell turtles are a thing


and they usually stay with me

in the water long after

the news comes back on.


          —Jen Tynes, from “Sexy Wife Shit”