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Event Calendar
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 1 Thursday, June 1
7:00pm, Give What You Can


Celebrate the publication of Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Co-editors & curators, Brenda Cardenas and Roberto Harrison, will host this reading of works by contributors from Wisconsin and the region.


Readers are Brenda Cárdenas, Ching-In ChenJenny L. Davis, Edgar Garcia, Roberto Harrison, José Luis Moctezuma, Soham Patel, Paul Martinez-PompaAmanda Ngoho Reavey, and Lisa Vihos.


we can’t build a wall. we can only spout pure water again and again and drown his lies.

        —Eileen Myles

Racism, xenophobia, misogyny and their related malaises are to the U.S. what whiskey is to an alcoholic. The current occupant of the White House won the election yipping, against possible recovery, “Drinks are on me!” The rich, multitudinous voices in this anthology variously call for—having embarked on—the hard work of sobriety, sanity.

        —Nathaniel Mackey

Poets are summoned to a stronger imagination of language and humanity in a time of new and radical Weathers. White House Inc. is the last gasp of the dying Confederacy, but its spectacle is dangerous and addictive so hold onto your mind. Fascism loves distraction. Keep the world safe for poetry. Open the book of love and resistance. Don't tarry!

        —Anne Waldman


Brenda Cárdenas (co-host) has authored Boomerang, From the Tongues of Brick and Stone, and, with Roberto Harrison, Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors. She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Latina/o Poetics: The Art of Poetry, The Golden Shovel Anthology, Poetry magazine, and others.


Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and originally from Oklahoma. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where her research and activism center contemporary indigenous identity, indigenous language revitalization, and the Two-Spirit community. She co-edited Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Edgar Garcia’s writings have appeared in Antioch Review, Big Bridge, Damn the Caesars, Jacket2, LARB, Mandorla, Sous les Pav.s, and others. He has published Boundary Loot (Punch Press, 2012), and an anthology, American Literature in the World (Columbia UP, 2016). He is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Chicago.


Roberto Harrison (co-host) is the author of the collections Os (Subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), Bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), Culebra (Green Lantern Press, 2016), Bridge of the World (forthcoming from Litmus Press, 2017) and Yaviza (forthcoming from Atelos Press, 2017)


José Luis Moctezuma’s critical and poetic work has been published in Jacket2, Chicago Review, Big Bridge, Comma, and elsewhere. Spring Tlaloc Seance (Projective Industries, 2016) is his most recent chapbook. He is an associate editor at MAKE Magazine. He lives in Chicago.


Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Her chapbooks and nevermind the storm and New Weather Drafts are available from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.


Paul Martinez-Pompa is the author of My Kill Adore Him and is an editor at Packingtown Review.


Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet and artist interested in ancestral stories and plant spirit communication. She is the author of Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015) and the Managing Editor of Tea & Tattered Pages.


Lisa Vihos’s poems have appeared in numerous journals both print and online. She is the Poetry and Arts Editor of Stoneboat Literary Journal and the Sheboygan, Wisconsin organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. In 2017, she will be creating a children’s reading garden in Malawi, Africa.