• 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 special events
Aug 12 Saturday, August 12
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Join us for a book signing and celebration with Joan LoPresti (author) and Bob Danner (illustrator) of their new children's book, "What's the Big Idea"?


Wouldn't it be fun to read a book about how kids think using retro-like illustrations? What's the big idea? is meant to get young children thinking about where ideas come from and how we learn to place value on them. Each page is composed of opposite thoughts/actions that are very relatable to the actual lives of children. The illustrations are multicultural and the photo realistic settings are varied to help the reader identify with each situation. For added fun, key words in the text graphically represent what they mean. In addition, there's a guide for parents and teachers with extended enriching activities.


With a BA in Elementary Education and a MEd in Education Administration, JOAN LOPRESTI is a retired Literacy Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools. She currently does consulting for schools and museums working with teachers on topics related to writing. Her work as an elementary writing teacher earned her the Excellence in Education Award for the Milwaukee Public Schools. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences. Besides authoring books, Joan writes curriculum on writing for both school districts and textbooks.


BOB DANNER has been an artist inr esidence at schools in Wisconsin for over 40 years. Bob has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He has been an exhibiter in my art shows regionally and nationally, and has won numerous awards. Both a professional artist and a teacher educator, he has worked with thousands of children throughout hte state of Wisconsin. Currently, Bob is a resident artist in two Milwaukee Public Middle Schools with an art specialty focus.