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  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

performances
March 24

Julie Ezelle Patton + Paul Van Curen + Melinda Zitnick

readings & workshops
March 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
March 27

Reading: novelist Halle Butler

readings & workshops
March 28

UWM United We Read: Student / Faculty Reading Series

readings & workshops
April 3

Reading: Tommy Pico

readings & workshops
April 4

Master Class - The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud])

film & video
April 5

aCinema presents: Tarpaulins

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
April 7

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop

readings & workshops
April 9

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 12

Community Reading: Tea Krulos

readings & workshops
April 13

Poetry Reading: Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Edgar Garcia

readings & workshops
April 13

Master Class: How To Lose Every Little Thing

readings & workshops
April 14

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
April 17

Community Event: Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101

performances
April 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 28

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Featured Upcoming Events

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

March 6 - June 12
11:00am, Give What You Can

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays, starting March 6 | 11 AM Dhamma MKE is a breath-based meditation circle established to cultivate awareness in ourselves, our community, and beyond. Sessions will consist of two twenty-minute sitting sessions, a short walking meditation, and a brief reading for contemplation/inspiration. All are welcome. Please bring your own cushion and/or blanket. Chairs will be available for those who request them. Led by musician and composer Anthony…

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Julie Ezelle Patton + Paul Van Curen + Melinda Zitnick

Sunday, March 24
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Julie Ezelle Patton performing with Paul Van Curen (improvisational guitar) and Melinda Zitnick (bass) Julie’s performance work, featured at the Stone (John Zorn’s experimental music space), Jazz Standard, and noted international venues, emphasizes improvisation, collaboration, and other worldy chora-graphs. She has shape-shifted into a cat-witch for Sop Doll: A Jack Tale Noh (written by Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn), Desdemona in Othello Syndrome (Uri Caine’s 2009 Grammy nominated CD), a ring-tone (Ravi Coltrane’s At Night), and “Onyx Blackly’s” voice of doom…

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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,…

Read More

Reading: novelist Halle Butler

Wednesday, March 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Halle Butler is the author of Jillian (Curbside Splendor, 2015) and The New Me (Penguin, 2019). She is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist. About The New Me: Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. She spends her days working a thankless temp job and her nights alone in her apartment, fixating on all the ways she might change her situation–her job, her attitude, her appearance, her life. Then she watches TV until…

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UWM United We Read: Student / Faculty Reading Series

Thursday, March 28
7:00pm, Open to the public

United We Read with Russ Brown, Lane Hall, David Kruger, and Anna Olson!   https://www.facebook.com/events/2069944916643354/

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Reading: Tommy Pico

Wednesday, April 3
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), winner of a 2018 American Book Award and finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award, Junk (Tin House Books, 2018), Feed (forthcoming 2019 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective,…

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Master Class - The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud])

Thursday, April 4
7:00pm, $30 WPBC members - $35 general

The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud]), a poetry and performance workshop with Tommy Pico.  Ticket Options WPBC Member $30.00 USDGeneral $35.00 USD About the instructor:  Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), winner of a 2018 American Book Award and finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award, Junk (Tin House Books, 2018), Feed (forthcoming 2019…

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aCinema presents: Tarpaulins

Friday, April 5
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

Tarpaulins, 2017 Lisa Truttmann, 78 min, video SYNOPSIS: The point of departure for Tarpaulins was a colorful disturbance on the cityscape of Los Angeles: a home in the distance festooned with a giant striped tarp. These are termite fumigation tents and filmmaker Lisa Truttmann follows their story on a two-year long investigation as she hunts down the tents, the homes, the termites inside and their traces. As the film goes on, the termites soon become our allies, guiding us through Los Angeles’ neighborhoods on their…

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Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - June 29
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Saturdays, starting April 6th | 12:15-1:30 PM Readshops led by Karl Gartung: Participants will dive into foundational works from the 20th century, beginning with works by “Objectivist" poets such as Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker. We will be reading the poetry aloud and discussing it as questions arise, on the spot, as deeply as needed. The only prerequisite is curiosity. The first book to be read from in the series will be Zukofsky’s “A."   Perhaps it is…

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Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

Sunday, April 7
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of the past through the consideration of personal values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings. Focusing on practical ways to help you write, the workshop will feature a new prompt each week. Together, we’ll get honest with ourselves and flex our creative muscles as we dig for gold. By the end of the course, your journaling fire will be burning bright and you’ll…

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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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Community Reading: Tea Krulos

Friday, April 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us to celebrate the publication of Apocalypse Any Day Now, the latest book by Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos! Tea Krulos is a freelance writer and author from Milwaukee, WI. He is the author of Apocalypse Any Day Now (2019), Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators (2015), and Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement (2013), all from Chicago Review Press. He is a regular contributor to publications such as…

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Poetry Reading: Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Edgar Garcia

Saturday, April 13
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué is a gay, Latino Leo living in Chicago. He is the author of the poetry collections Jazzercise Is a Language (The Operating System, 2018), which examines the exercise craze of the 1980s, and Oil and Candle (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016), a meditation on ritual and racism. Ojeda-Sagué is also the author of chapbooks on gay sex, Cher, the Legend of Zelda, and anxious bilingualism. His third book, Losing Miami, considers the potential consequences of climate change and sea…

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Master Class - How To Lose Every Little Thing: A Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 13
2:00pm, $30 WPBC members - $35 general

How To Lose Every Little Thing: A Poetry Workshop with Gabriel Ojeda-Sague This workshop will explore how to write about loss on all scales. Past, potential, minor, trivial, and grave losses will all be considered and written through. Ticket Options WPBC Member $30.00 USDGeneral $35.00 USD Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué is a gay, Latino Leo living in Chicago. He is the author of the poetry collections Jazzercise Is a Language (The Operating System, 2018), which examines the exercise craze of the 1980s,…

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Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

Sunday, April 14
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of the past through the consideration of personal values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings. Focusing on practical ways to help you write, the workshop will feature a new prompt each week. Together, we’ll get honest with ourselves and flex our creative muscles as we dig for gold. By the end of the course, your journaling fire will be burning bright and you’ll…

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Community Event: Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101

Wednesday, April 17
7:00pm, Open to the Public

Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101, dispelling the myths with Amy Luettgen and Dakota Cox of Bi+ Pride Milwaukee. Presented by Milwaukee Pride. Bisexuality 101: Myth-Busting Edition Everybody is bisexual. Bisexuals don’t really exist. Bisexuality is just a phase before people are ready to call themselves gay… There are lots of myths about bisexual (and pansexual, fluid, polysexual) people, and we mean to bust them! In this workshop, we will examine the inaccurate myths about non-monosexual identities and present the lived experiences and research…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, April 18
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Jay Mollerskov (guitar & electronics) & Barry Clark (bass & electronics) Set 2: Olivia Valenza & Warren Enström (clarinet, bassoon, and electronics)

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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,…

Read More

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

Sunday, April 28
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of the past through the consideration of personal values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings. Focusing on practical ways to help you write, the workshop will feature a new prompt each week. Together, we’ll get honest with ourselves and flex our creative muscles as we dig for gold. By the end of the course, your journaling fire will be burning bright and you’ll…

Read More

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


readings & workshops
Mar 6 March 6 - June 12
11:00am, Give What You Can
Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays, starting March 6 | 11…

Read More

performances
Mar 24 Sunday, March 24
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Julie Ezelle Patton + Paul Van Curen + Melinda Zitnick

Julie Ezelle Patton performing with Paul Van Curen (improvisational guitar) and Melinda Zitnick (bass) Julie’s performance work, featured at the Stone (John…

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
Mar 27 Wednesday, March 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Reading: novelist Halle Butler

Halle Butler is the author of Jillian (Curbside Splendor, 2015) and The New Me (Penguin, 2019). She is a National…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 28 Thursday, March 28
7:00pm, Open to the public
UWM United We Read: Student / Faculty Reading Series

United We Read with Russ Brown, Lane Hall, David Kruger, and Anna Olson!   https://www.facebook.com/events/2069944916643354/

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 3 Wednesday, April 3
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Reading: Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 4 Thursday, April 4
7:00pm, $30 WPBC members - $35 general
Master Class - The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud])

The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud]), a poetry and performance workshop with Tommy Pico.  Ticket…

Read More

film & video
Apr 5 Friday, April 5
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema presents: Tarpaulins

Tarpaulins, 2017 Lisa Truttmann, 78 min, video SYNOPSIS: The point of departure for Tarpaulins was a colorful disturbance on the cityscape of Los Angeles: a…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - June 29
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Saturdays, starting April 6th | 12:15-1:30 PM Readshops led by Karl Gartung: Participants will dive into foundational works from the 20th century,…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 7 Sunday, April 7
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)
Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of…

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 12 Friday, April 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Community Reading: Tea Krulos

Join us to celebrate the publication of Apocalypse Any Day Now, the latest book by Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos! Tea Krulos…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 13 Saturday, April 13
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Edgar Garcia

Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué is a gay, Latino Leo living in Chicago. He is the author of the poetry collections Jazzercise Is…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 13 Saturday, April 13
2:00pm, $30 WPBC members - $35 general
Master Class - How To Lose Every Little Thing: A Poetry Workshop

How To Lose Every Little Thing: A Poetry Workshop with Gabriel Ojeda-Sague This workshop will explore how to write about loss…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 14 Sunday, April 14
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)
Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 17 Wednesday, April 17
7:00pm, Open to the Public
Community Event: Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101

Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101, dispelling the myths with Amy Luettgen and Dakota Cox of Bi+ Pride Milwaukee. Presented by…

Read More

performances
Apr 18 Thursday, April 18
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
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…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 28 Sunday, April 28
1:30pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90)
Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

In this in-depth three-week class, you’ll discover journal writing techniques designed to help enhance creativity, expression, and close examination of…

Read More

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 bruise bullet flower Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  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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bruise bullet flower by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Small Press

bruise bullet flower documents the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black, brown, and mostly queer-identified individuals living under the daily threat of gun violence in the United States.

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