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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
August 25 - Oct 1

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

performances
September 21

Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

film & video
September 22

aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

exhibitions
September 23 -23

Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

readings & workshops
September 28

Poetry Reading: Stacy Blint, Rebecca Eland & Mark Tardi

readings & workshops
September 30

100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

readings & workshops
October 5

Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

exhibitions
October 11

Exhibition: Jen Bervin, Tactile Lanuguage

readings & workshops
October 12

Offsite Event: Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee

readings & workshops
October 13

Poetry Reading: Caitlin Scarano, Paula Carter & Freesia McKee

performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
November 8

Poetry Reading: Matt Cook

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 25 Wednesday, March 25
7:00pm, FREE

 

A reading in celebration of the release of Margaret (Peggy) Rozga’s latest poetry collection, Justice Freedom Herbs.

 

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga is a civil rights activist, poet, playwright, professor emerita, and the author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad (Benu Press, 2012) and 200 Nights and One Day (Benu Press, 2009. She served as managing editor of the chapbook anthology Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin (Little Bird Press, 2013). Her essay "Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in the Cow Feather Press anthology of prose works from Verse Wisconsin. She has been awarded residencies at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology and at the Ragdale Foundation and a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. A sought-after poetry workshop facilitator and speaker on social justice issues, Peggy believes both activism and creative writing involve seeing, being aware beyond the obvious, and both involve the dogged determination to get something right.  

"Margaret Rozga's words alight - as a monarch might - on the edge of your spirit. They linger there as if you read them in passing, maybe in a volume on a shelf in a cabin overlooking a river, and come to you quietly for you to savor later. A beautiful work for justice and beauty - great action and the small work of tending leaves."

             —Andi Cumbo Floyd

 


 

History Lesson

at a church near Philadelphia, Mississippi

 

For James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman

 

Burned down to the bell Freedom Summer

then resurrected in red brick, a site now

for civil rights pilgrims, this church, its grounds

with three crosses, held me like a womb of silence. 

 

Surely the commercial-sized panel truck

jolted and creaked down the rutted road, 

but its unblemished white body, like some

unpurged ghost in my mind, 

 

suddenly loomed large and larger, the vehicle

edging in on me, stopping, so the driver, White

like me, my age, could question me face to face. 

Do you know where highway 740 is at?

 

I relaxed, the question no challenge. I had a map, 

fetched it from my car, looked, but could not

get my bearings.

 

He took my map, studied it, returned it to me. 

I used to live here, he says and breathes in 

then exhales slowly. But

everything's changed.

 

"Is that right?"

He showed no doubt. Yes.

 

I watched him pull back onto the road

looked for a logo on his truck. None. 

Checked the map index. There is no highway740. 

What was he looking for? What was he telling me?

 

Maybe I misremember what number he asked for. 

That was the summer we turned the corner

of a new century. I write a dozen years later, 

and I still don't know.