• 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
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readings & workshops
April 26

Book Talk: Ed Pavlić, Who Can Afford to Improvise?

readings & workshops
April 29

Poet Reading with Mark Doty

readings & workshops
April 29

Iroquios Raised Beading Workshop with James Kelly

exhibitions
May 4 -4

Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

readings & workshops
May 10

Poetry Reading: Lindsay Daigle

readings & workshops
May 16

Poetry Reading: Mai Der Vang, author or Afterland

readings & workshops
June 6 -9

Intersite: Geopoetics of the Urban Garden and Beyond 

Archived readings & workshops
Dec 3 December 3 - December 3
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

"Good poets borrow, great poets steal." —T.S. Eliot

“What we call originality is just a new amalgam of old influences.”—Marvin Bell

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In this class, we will explore strategies by which poets may enrich their own art by deliberately imitating their favorites... and their favorites' favorites!  We will discuss such topics as voice, influence, and originality, as well as the imperative of serving a serious apprenticeship. Participants should bring to this session either a few passages from their one favorite writer, or one passage each from a few of their favorite writers. 

 


John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.

 


Made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.