• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
July 5 -28

AVIARY: Painting by Ken Wood

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being works by Thomas Gaudynski

readings & workshops
August 2

Poetry Reading: Patricia Killelea & Angela Trudell Vasquez

readings & workshops
August 6

Community Event: We Persist Book Club

special events
August 12 -23

CLOSED for inventory

Featured Upcoming Events

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - September 28
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August 24 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…

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Dhamma MKE

July 3 - September 25
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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AVIARY: Painting by Ken Wood

July 5 - July 28
11:00am, Free and open to the public

On view in our gallery from July 5 - 28 In anticipation of the September 14, 2019 book release for AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood we present 20 paintings from the over 120 that will appear in the published book. More information regarding the book release coming soon. In search of words to capture his experience of Ken’s brimming studio, esteemed friend and colleague Carl Bogner posited an “aviary” of paintings among the possibilities. Bogner’s fond remarks, instigated during a KSE Open Studios, resonated…

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The Point Being works by Thomas Gaudynski

August 1 - September 26
11:00am, Free and open to the public

The Point Being works by Thomas Gaudynski Opening talk and reception: Thurs. August 1 | 6-8 PM The Point Being features a selection of Thomas Gaudynski’s drawings created over the past six years that incorporate text art, visual poetry, and found objects, while exploring domestic and musical themes, often in combination. The result is often a “visual confrontation between interiors and still-lifes,” and images that produce auditory effects of both sound and silence. While the works in this exhibition often ask to be…

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Poetry Reading: Patricia Killelea & Angela Trudell Vasquez

Friday, August 2
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Patricia Killelea is the author of Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press, 2011). She is Poetry Editor at Passages North and her work appears in cream city review, Quarterly Review, Barzakh, Waxwing, As/Us, The Common, and Spiritus. She also produces digital poetry films, which have been featured at Moving Poems, Poetry Film Live, screened and shortlisted for the Ó'Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition, and long-listed for the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Prize. Patricia Killelea is…

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Community Event: We Persist Book Club

Tuesday, August 6
6:00pm, $Give What You Can

We Persist is a discussion group for women and non-binary identifying folks to meet and talk about books of various genres/formats by women, PoC, and LGBTQIA+ writers. Follow  @wepersistmke on Facebook and Instagram to see what we’re reading.

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CLOSED for inventory

August 12 - August 23
11:00am, -

To allow for our annual book store inventory process, we will be closed to the public 8/12 - 8/23. Our apologies for any inconveniences this may cause. 

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - September 28
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, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 3 July 3 - September 25
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

exhibitions
Jul 5 July 5 - July 28
11:00am, Free and open to the public
AVIARY: Painting by Ken Wood

On view in our gallery from July 5 - 28 In anticipation of the September 14, 2019 book release for AVIARY: Selected…

Read More

exhibitions
Aug 1 August 1 - September 26
11:00am, Free and open to the public
The Point Being works by Thomas Gaudynski

The Point Being works by Thomas Gaudynski Opening talk and reception: Thurs. August 1 | 6-8 PM The Point Being features a selection…

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readings & workshops
Aug 2 Friday, August 2
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Patricia Killelea & Angela Trudell Vasquez

Patricia Killelea is the author of Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press, 2011). She is…

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readings & workshops
Aug 6 Tuesday, August 6
6:00pm, $Give What You Can
Community Event: We Persist Book Club

We Persist is a discussion group for women and non-binary identifying folks to meet and talk about books of various…

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special events
Aug 12 August 12 - August 23
11:00am, -
CLOSED for inventory

To allow for our annual book store inventory process, we will be closed to the public 8/12 - 8/23. Our apologies…

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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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