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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
February 16 - Mar 17

Exhibition: bruise bullet flower

readings & workshops
February 17

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

performances
February 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Rosa Alcalá & Daniel Borzutzky

readings & workshops
February 24

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
February 28

Poetry Reading: dg nanouk okpik

performances
March 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Wayfaring

readings & workshops
March 12

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
March 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 9

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition - Rachel Eliza Griffiths: bruise bullet flower

February 16 - March 17
11:00am, Free and open to the public

Join us for a new exhibition of photography, bruise bullet flower, from Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Griffiths' intimate portraits document the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black and brown queer bodies under the daily threat of violence in the United States.  About the artist: Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of four poetry collections: Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015); Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association; The Requited…

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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

Sunday, February 17
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)

UPDATE: We are closing this workshop to future drop-ins. We have hit capacity for the full session. This is good news (!) but we do apologize for those who planned on dropping in on a later class. Please consider Sam Pekarske's class starting next week on Tuesday the 12th and stay tuned for more classes to be scheduled in the spring! “And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in this four-part…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, February 21
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Wilhelm Matthies (mosesa), Tony Catania (saxophone), Paul Westfahl (drums) Set 2: Russ Johnson (trumpet), Tim Daisy (drums)

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Poetry Reading: Rosa Alcalá & Daniel Borzutzky

Saturday, February 23
Give What You Can

Rosa Alcalá has published three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE, and two edited collections, Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña, and Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, which also include her translations. Runner-up for a PEN Translation Award and recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Translation Fellowship, her own poems have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Alcalá teaches in the Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at…

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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

Sunday, February 24
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)

UPDATE: We are closing this workshop to future drop-ins. We have hit capacity for the full session. This is good news (!) but we do apologize for those who planned on dropping in on a later class. Please consider Sam Pekarske's class starting next week on Tuesday the 12th and stay tuned for more classes to be scheduled in the spring! “And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in this four-part…

Read More

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, February 26
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Poetry Reading: dg nanouk okpik

Thursday, February 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can

dg nanouk okpik is an Alaskan Native Iñupiat-Inuit from the Arctic slope. She earned her BFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA at in Creative Writing at University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast College. Her debut poetry collection, Corpse Whale (2012), won an American Book Award. Her work has also been featured in Effigies: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from the Pacific Rim (2009) and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (2011). A recipient of the Truman Capote Trust Scholarship, she has taught at the Institute…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Wayfaring

Sunday, March 10
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

featuring James Falzone and Katie Ernst Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. What began as a casual meeting between like-minded players has formed into a collective of unusual nuance and depth, drawing on source material from the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions from Ernst and Falzone. Wayfaring was featured at the 2016 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago, the 2017 Earshot Jazz…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, March 12
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, March 26
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, April 9
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, April 23
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love with it—whatever, everybody who stops writing has a reason. Life happens. It gets in the way and some things get put on the back burner. A mix of guided prompts, workshopping, exploring new forms, and discussing how to fit writing into everyday life, this six-session course is for people who have stopped writing for one reason or another. Poets, fiction writers, casual scribblers,…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Feb 16 February 16 - March 17
11:00am, Free and open to the public
Exhibition - Rachel Eliza Griffiths: bruise bullet flower

Join us for a new exhibition of photography, bruise bullet flower, from Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Griffiths' intimate portraits document the strength,…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 17 Sunday, February 17
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)
Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

UPDATE: We are closing this workshop to future drop-ins. We have hit capacity for the full session. This is good news…

Read More

performances
Feb 21 Thursday, February 21
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1:…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 23 Saturday, February 23
6:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Rosa Alcalá & Daniel Borzutzky

Rosa Alcalá has published three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE, and two edited collections, Spit Temple: The Selected…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 24 Sunday, February 24
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)
Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

UPDATE: We are closing this workshop to future drop-ins. We have hit capacity for the full session. This is good news…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 26 Tuesday, February 26
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 28 Thursday, February 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: dg nanouk okpik

dg nanouk okpik is an Alaskan Native Iñupiat-Inuit from the Arctic slope. She earned her BFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts…

Read More

performances
Mar 10 Sunday, March 10
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents Wayfaring

featuring James Falzone and Katie Ernst Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between…

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readings & workshops
Mar 12 Tuesday, March 12
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 26 Tuesday, March 26
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 9 Tuesday, April 9
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 23 Tuesday, April 23
6:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $20 ($18 Members)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

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readings & workshops
May 7 Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)
Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

A lifetime of long workdays, exploring other interests, getting lost without workshops, raising children, or just falling out of love…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing Anthology
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline


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Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing by Anthology

Small Press

Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing is a poetry chapbook anthology project to honor all who participated in Milwaukee's 1967-68 open housing marches and to envision and help build the inclusive community we need. Inclusive of a range of poets and poetic styles, the chapbook serves as a metaphor for the inclusive neighborhoods we value and seek to build.

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