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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

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 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

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 readings & workshops
Oct 16 Sunday, October 16


“In [Cole’s] work, meanings unfurl and gesture, resonate, play emphatic and contrapuntal gamings with language’s fluency.” —Erin Moure, Lemon Hound  


Norma Cole is a poet, translator, and visual artist. She was born in Toronto, Canada, and received a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature in 1967 and an M.A. in French Language and Literature in 1969. Cole has published numerous books of poetry, including Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside (Omnidawn, 2012), Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988—2008 (City Lights, 2009), and most recently Actualities (Litmus Press, 2015), her collaboration with painter Marina Adams. Her books in translation include Danielle Collobert’s Journals (1989), and a new translation of Jean Daive’s first book, White Decimal, forthcoming from Omnidawn


Cole’s experimental work SCOUT, a text and image work, was released in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Cole was the lead artist for Collective Memory, an installation, performance, and publication for “Poetry and its Arts: Bay area Interactions 1954-2004” commissioned by the California Historical Society in San Francisco, California.


Norma Cole has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, three Gertrude Stein Awards, the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and awards from the Fund for Poetry. She has held adjunct and visiting professorships and residencies at over two dozen institutions, including the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the Naropa Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.


Still Today

                                              for Bill Berkson


It’s still today

Be still


Is it far where you are?

Beyond the furthermores and the afterwards


Sway me now

Notice the hook


Or failed star

Or jailed target


The force of it

User interface blindsided


Or neurological space

It has a logic to it, you could


Force an elegy: social practice

The war, the cold river water


Formation, disruption, the lamp

Suddenly begins to flicker


So keep on

Proposing paradise



Norma Cole will also present with Ronnie Hess and Paul Smyth at the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 15 in Fort Atkinson. More details here.



Made possible with generous support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Mary L. Nohl Fund.