• 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
Jan 15 Friday, January 15
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Join us to celebrate the publication of Stephen Anderson's Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015).


Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015) Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook). Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer.




The stars—

the very same ones

beheld by

my wide-eyed ancestors in the early 1800s—

now shine on me, brightly as they did then

in the Midwestern north country where

those spirited relatives built sod-houses on their tracts of land

with rough hands and sheer

determination, not too far from where I,

some time and distance apart,

sit watching Shakespeare

under that same canopy of stars,

a smile of wonder on my face while caught up in

A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

the cicada serenade,

the late summer cool caress of night air—


a communion with an apartness

not really understood there …

          —Stephen Anderson