• 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
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 performances
Mar 17 Thursday, March 17
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


Steve Nelson-Raney - saxophone

Chuck Stebelton - landscape poetry


Steve Nelson-Raney is a saxophonist and pianist who is active as a performer in jazz, contemporary classical music and free improvisation idioms.


Chuck Stebelton is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Platformist (Cultural Society, 2012). His first book Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005) was winner of the inaugural Jack Spicer Award. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for organizations including Lynden Sculpture Garden, Woodland Pattern Book Center, and Friends of Lorine Niedecker. He works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.



Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals


Devin Drobka is a freelance musician based in Milwaukee. While attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music (BM in drum set performance, ‘09), he was also the regular drummer in world-renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi’s quartet, with whom he performed for three years alongside pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Dave Santoro. Over a couple of years living in New York City, Drobka then performed with many top artists in the contemporary and avant-garde jazz scenes, including Ben Wendell, Mike Moreno, Tony Malaby, Matt Wilson, and Michael Attias. Since returning to his hometown of Milwaukee in 2013, Drobka has become the first-call drummer for many top Wisconsin and touring jazz artists, with whom he regularly performs at Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate, Madison’s Tempest Bar and the Fountain, and at many other venues and at festivals throughout Southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Drobka leads the band Bell Dance Songs which released its eponymously-titled debut album in 2014. He is also a member of the groups Hanging Hearts, with whom he recently completed a three-week tour of Europe, Sons of Daughters, the Lesser Lakes Trio, and the Johannes Wallmann Quintet. A proponent of improvised music, Drobka founded and curates the music series unrehearsedMKE. He teaches at the West End Conservatory. Devin Drobka endorses Dream Cymbals and Rat Rod Drums.