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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
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Featured Upcoming Events

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, December 7 Saturday, December 14 Saturday, January 4 Saturday, January 18 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.…

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Dhamma MKE

July 3 - June 30
11:00am, $Give What You Can

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM 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 Deutsch. Follow them on…

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Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

October 22 - June 24
6:00pm, $Give What You Can

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour sessions will be a time of conversation and writing poems, songs, short stories, or that novel you always wanted to try. Even if you’ve never tried to write, come along for the fun! We’ll have plenty of mud (coffee) too. This group will be led by Bob koshin Hanson, USN, reserves. Hanson is a Vietnam-era vet, and a writer and…

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Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

February 2 - February 23
1:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member

In times of upheaval, some people might doubt the importance of writing poetry. In her book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2017), Jane Hirshfield responds to that doubt, powerfully demonstrating some of the ways in which poems can indeed transform the world. A workshop for both readers and writers, this four-session course will offer guidance to those who want to learn how to read poetry more deeply as well as to those seeking strategies for generating or revising…

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Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

February 11 - April 5
11:00am, $Give What You Can

Featuring decks and original works by Maggie Bard, Chicome Itzcuintli, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Bran Sólo, Matt Stansberry, and David Wilson. Curated by Laurence Ross.  On view in our gallery February 11—April 5, 2020 The Tarot, rooted in ancient archetypes, has continually transcended the time periods of its origination to experience resurgences of popularity. Innovations in the Tarot are most evident when an artist aims to illustrate this transcendence, restoring potency—and urgency—to pictures of swords, scepters, and queens on thrones. Whether a practitioner bases…

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Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Thursday, February 20
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Flutter Christine Ingaldson is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and philosopher based in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Flutter speaks her truth in dark, mysterious, glitchy tones. Set 2: Sea Heikes  I am seah Obsessed with water This body a vessel of the hydrosphere Dinosaur piss runs through our veins seah works in entanglements of flesh, tech, and water “like water” ... Using new video/audio recordings taken over the winter, seah…

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Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

Wednesday, February 26
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Jennifer Elise Foerster received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer teaches in the IAIA Low Residency MFA Creative Writing…

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Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation and recovery with Jennifer Elise Foerster

Wednesday, February 26
12:30pm, Free and open to the public

This lecture will discuss the poetics of in-seeing: what happens when we, as Native people locate ourselves, our stories, in the homeland that is, in this current geopolitical landscape of the United States and its perception and projection of itself, largely invisible. This event will take place at UWM Libraries Special Collections, 4th Floor, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211   Sponsored by Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative (UWM Department of English, UWM Special Collections, Marquette University, Indian Community School of Milwaukee,…

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Urban Echo Poets

Thursday, February 27
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Open Mic: The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay. This reading is open-mic style with the Urban Echo Poets reading alongside members of the public. Sign up is open on the day of—please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure a spot!

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Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross

Saturday, February 29
2:00pm, $35 General | $30 Members

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross. “Drawing a blank” can be one of the more daunting challenges of writing, but fortunately none of the traditional Tarot cards are blank. As William Blake wrote in “Auguries of Innocence”: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” Our experiences—and the cards—are full of resonances, and…

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Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

Saturday, February 29
6:00pm, Free and open to the public

Opening Reception (with free Tarot readings!) Featuring decks and original works by Maggie Bard, Chicome Itzcuintli, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Bran Sólo, Matt Stansberry, and David Wilson. Curated by Laurence Ross.  On view in our gallery February 11—April 5, 2020 The Tarot, rooted in ancient archetypes, has continually transcended the time periods of its origination to experience resurgences of popularity. Innovations in the Tarot are most evident when an artist aims to illustrate this transcendence, restoring potency—and urgency—to pictures of swords, scepters, and queens on…

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On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga

March 1 - March 29
2:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member | Scholarship available

Words carry power. Poetry that speaks to social justice issues can open doors to new thinking and deeper, more liberated responses to the political and societal problems that concern us. But how to write such poems? This four-session workshop led by longtime activist and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga will consider a variety of approaches to developing poems that do the hard work of protest. Poems by writers such as Claudia Rankine, Layli Long Soldier, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Simon…

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aCinema Screening

Friday, March 6
7:00pm, $5 Suggested Donation

aCinema presents a curated group program of experimental film and video featuring works by Luke Sieczek, Bronte Stahl, and Hannah Subotnick.

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Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

Thursday, March 12
12:30pm, Free and open to the public

at UWM Libraries Special Collections, 4th Floor, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211 Author Heid E. Erdrich will discuss her research process and offer examples of ways she incorporates elements of her findings into hybrid literary forms of poetry and non-fiction. Heid will also present brief comments on Native American students’ use of experiential and traditional research critiques in their creative writing.  Made possible through Woodland Pattern Book Center with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and UW-Milwaukee Word…

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Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

Thursday, March 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Heid E. Erdrich, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning collection, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media (Michigan State University Press, 2017) Heid E. Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry.…

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Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Join us for a National Pi Day reading featuring Vida Cross and Chuck Stebelton!  A 2018 Pushcart nominee for her poem “Extortion Social”, Vida Cross’ book of poetry, Bronzeville at Night:1949, debuted in 2017. She is a Cave Canem fellow who holds an MFA in Writing and a MFA in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an MA in English from Iowa State University; and a BA in both English-writing and History from Knox College. Her work…

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Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Thursday, March 19
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Mantel/Matthies duo Mark Mantel - percussion Wilhelm Matthies - mosesa Set 2: Montauk Project [più mosso] Jake Polancich - drums/percussion/bassoon/guitar Ryan Meisel - saxophones, flutes/processors Elisabeth O'Keefe-Roskopf - dancer Katharina Abderholden - dancer Montauk Project is an improvised percussion/woodwinds duo featuring Milwaukee-based musicians and educators Jake Polancich (drums/percussion/bassoon/guitar) and Ryan Meisel (saxophones, flutes/processors). The project was formed in late 2012 in an effort to explore extreme improvisational opportunities and original music that couldn’t be duplicated in…

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Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

Friday, March 20
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Mark Bibbins is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is 13th Balloon, from Copper Canyon Press. His first, Sky Lounge, received a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and four editions of The Best American Poetry. Bibbins teaches in the graduate writing programs of The New School and Columbia University, and in NYU's Writers in Florence program. He lives in New York City.  Elizabeth Hoover is…

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Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

Thursday, March 26
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Eli Goldblatt, author of For Instance (Chax Press, 2019), and Charles Alexander, poet, book artist, and founding director of Chax Press. Eli Goldblatt’s poems have appeared over the last forty-five years in small literary journals such as Hambone, 6ix, Louisiana Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. His previous poetry collections include Sessions 1-62, Speech Acts, and Without a Trace. His children’s books are Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep. His books on composition and literacy include Writing Home: A Literacy…

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Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Saturday, March 28
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Tara Betts, author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), and Jennifer Steele, author of A House in its Hunger (Central Square Press, 2018) Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue as well as the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. She is part of the MFA faculty at Stonecoast – University of Southern Maine and teaches a weekly poetry workshop at Stateville maximum security prison. In…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, December 7 Saturday, December 14 Saturday, January 4 Saturday,…

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readings & workshops
Jul 3 July 3 - June 30
11:00am, $Give What You Can
Dhamma MKE

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM Dhamma MKE is a…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 22 October 22 - June 24
6:00pm, $Give What You Can
Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 2 February 2 - February 23
1:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member
Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

In times of upheaval, some people might doubt the importance of writing poetry. In her book Ten Windows: How Great Poems…

Read More

exhibitions
Feb 11 February 11 - April 5
11:00am, $Give What You Can
Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

Featuring decks and original works by Maggie Bard, Chicome Itzcuintli, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Bran Sólo, Matt Stansberry, and David Wilson. Curated…

Read More

performances
Feb 20 Thursday, February 20
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New and 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 26 Wednesday, February 26
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

Jennifer Elise Foerster received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA from…

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readings & workshops
Feb 26 Wednesday, February 26
12:30pm, Free and open to the public
Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation and recovery with Jennifer Elise Foerster

This lecture will discuss the poetics of in-seeing: what happens when we, as Native people locate ourselves, our stories, in…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 27 Thursday, February 27
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Urban Echo Poets

Open Mic: The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay. This reading…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 29 Saturday, February 29
2:00pm, $35 General | $30 Members
Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross. “Drawing a blank” can be one of the more daunting…

Read More

exhibitions
Feb 29 Saturday, February 29
6:00pm, Free and open to the public
Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

Opening Reception (with free Tarot readings!) Featuring decks and original works by Maggie Bard, Chicome Itzcuintli, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Bran Sólo, Matt…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 1 March 1 - March 29
2:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member | Scholarship available
On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga

Words carry power. Poetry that speaks to social justice issues can open doors to new thinking and deeper, more liberated…

Read More

film & video
Mar 6 Friday, March 6
7:00pm, $5 Suggested Donation
aCinema Screening

aCinema presents a curated group program of experimental film and video featuring works by Luke Sieczek, Bronte Stahl, and Hannah…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 12 Thursday, March 12
12:30pm, Free and open to the public
Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

at UWM Libraries Special Collections, 4th Floor, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211 Author Heid E. Erdrich will discuss her…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 12 Thursday, March 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning collection, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 14 Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

Join us for a National Pi Day reading featuring Vida Cross and Chuck Stebelton!  A 2018 Pushcart nominee for her poem…

Read More

performances
Mar 19 Thursday, March 19
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New and 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
Mar 20 Friday, March 20
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

Mark Bibbins is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is 13th Balloon, from Copper…

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readings & workshops
Mar 26 Thursday, March 26
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

Eli Goldblatt, author of For Instance (Chax Press, 2019), and Charles Alexander, poet, book artist, and founding director of Chax…

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readings & workshops
Mar 28 Saturday, March 28
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Tara Betts, author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), and Jennifer Steele, author of A House in its…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Lorine Niedecker in Spain Natalia Carbajosa
  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


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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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