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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
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

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
Mar 25 Wednesday, March 25
7:00pm, Give What You Can

 

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.