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Event Calendar
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special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 29 Saturday, April 29
7:00pm, $10 General / $5 Students

One of America’s most acclaimed poets, Mark Doty, will give a special reading on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Park East Hotel, 916 State Street, Milwaukee. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students.

Doty’s appearance is in conjunction with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poet’s (WFOP) annual spring conference, being held at the Park East Hotel Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017. The conference will also feature readings by past and present Wisconsin and Milwaukee poets laureate. Conference attendees will receive free tickets to the Saturday evening reading by Mr. Doty.

Hailed by The Poetry Foundation as one of America’s most accomplished poets, and praised for his elegant, intelligent verse, Mark Doty is the author of a dozen works of poetry and prose, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poetry and four of verse have been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers’ Award, and, in the United Kingdom, the T.S. Eliot Prize. 

Mr. Doty has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Mr. Doty is a Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University. He also teaches at New York University’s low-residency MFA program.

Founded over 65 years ago, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is an organization devoted to the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Mark Doty’s reading and his participation in the WFOP conference are funded in part by The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Wisconsin Writers Association, the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and through a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.) 

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partners in the Arts include MIlwaukee LGBT Community Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.