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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
November 28 - Jan 31

Vanessa German: Defiant Show of Unity

readings & workshops
January 23

*RESCHEDULED* Page to the Stage: A Poetry Marathon Training Session

readings & workshops
January 24

Voicing the Text: Experiments in Performative Poetics

special events
January 26 -27

25th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

film & video
February 1

Screening: aCinema featuring works by Pixie Cram

readings & workshops
February 3

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 6

Poetry Reading: Beatrice Szymkowiak, Leila Chatti, and Angie Trudell Vasquez

readings & workshops
February 10

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 12

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
February 17

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 24

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

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

Featured Upcoming Events

Vanessa German: Defiant Show of Unity

November 28 - January 31
1:00pm, no charge and open to the public

About the artist: Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and she has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Huffington Post, O Magazine, and elsewhere. A nationally recognized spoken word artist…

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Page to the Stage: A Poetry Marathon Training Session

Wednesday, January 23
6:00pm, $Give What You Can ($10-$15 suggested donation)

Due to snowy weather, we have rescheduled this workshop for Wednesday 1/23 from 6-8 PM.  Time to train for the Marathon! Open to all Poetry Marathon readers, this afternoon workshop will offer tips for improving delivery and self-confidence while performing your work aloud in front of an audience. Attendees! Franklin and Sam ask that you come prepared with a few pieces of your own writing as well as a collection of poetry that you particularly enjoy. And remember, this workshop is open to anybody who is interested in honing their…

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Voicing the Text: Experiments in Performative Poetics

Thursday, January 24
6:00pm, $35 Member | $40 General

Voicing the Text is an interactive workshop that uses somatic writing, embodied voice and guided visualization exercises to facilitate the production of short collaborative performance works using the elements of text, voice, and body. Inspired by the work of CA Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and La Pocha Nostra, Voicing the Text is an opportunity for poets, singers, theater artists, and performance artists to explore the intersections of language and voice in a playful, collaborative space. This is a two-part workshop starting on…

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25th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

January 26 - January 27
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of poets, writers, and lovers of the arts who set up camp at the book center and indulge in fifteen hours of literary revelry.   The Poetry Marathon is a community fundraiser where readers find sponsors to pledge a minimum total of $35 on their behalf. This year, the fifteen readers who raise the most in pledges will receive special prizes! All of the money…

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Screening: aCinema featuring works by Pixie Cram

Friday, February 1
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

Works by Pixie Cram and others. Details to come...

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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

Sunday, February 3
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)

“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 workshop series that explores writing about one’s self. We will engage in lyric poetry, memoir, fictionalized biography, love poetry, and other forms. Source materials will include works by Frank O’Hara, Czesław Miłosz, Sylvia Plath, Maggie Nelson, and others. Participants can expect to do a fair amount of writing with both in-class exercises and take-home assignments. We will also…

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Poetry Reading: Beatrice Szymkowiak, Leila Chatti, and Angie Trudell Vasquez

Wednesday, February 6
7:00pm, Give what you can

Please join us in celebrating the new and forthcoming publications by Beatrice Szymkowiak, RED ZONE (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Leila Chatti, Tunsiya/Amrikiya (Bull City Press, 2018) & Angie Trudell Vasquez, In Light, Always Light (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming in 2019)! Beatrice Szymkowiak is a French-American author. She was born in the North of France, a landscape scarred by the battles of WWI trench war. She immigrated to the United States in 2003 and lived in New Orleans, where she witnessed the human and environmental…

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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

Sunday, February 10
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)

“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 workshop series that explores writing about one’s self. We will engage in lyric poetry, memoir, fictionalized biography, love poetry, and other forms. Source materials will include works by Frank O’Hara, Czesław Miłosz, Sylvia Plath, Maggie Nelson, and others. Participants can expect to do a fair amount of writing with both in-class exercises and take-home assignments. We will also…

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Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Tuesday, February 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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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

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

“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 workshop series that explores writing about one’s self. We will engage in lyric poetry, memoir, fictionalized biography, love poetry, and other forms. Source materials will include works by Frank O’Hara, Czesław Miłosz, Sylvia Plath, Maggie Nelson, and others. Participants can expect to do a fair amount of writing with both in-class exercises and take-home assignments. We will also…

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Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

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

“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 workshop series that explores writing about one’s self. We will engage in lyric poetry, memoir, fictionalized biography, love poetry, and other forms. Source materials will include works by Frank O’Hara, Czesław Miłosz, Sylvia Plath, Maggie Nelson, and others. Participants can expect to do a fair amount of writing with both in-class exercises and take-home assignments. We will also…

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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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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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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Nov 28 November 28 - January 31
1:00pm, no charge and open to the public
Vanessa German: Defiant Show of Unity

About the artist: Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. She is the founder of Love…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jan 23 Wednesday, January 23
6:00pm, $Give What You Can ($10-$15 suggested donation)
Page to the Stage: A Poetry Marathon Training Session

Due to snowy weather, we have rescheduled this workshop for Wednesday 1/23 from 6-8 PM.  Time to train for the Marathon! Open…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jan 24 Thursday, January 24
6:00pm, $35 Member | $40 General
Voicing the Text: Experiments in Performative Poetics

Voicing the Text is an interactive workshop that uses somatic writing, embodied voice and guided visualization exercises to facilitate the…

Read More

special events
Jan 26 January 26 - January 27
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more
25th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of…

Read More

film & video
Feb 1 Friday, February 1
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
Screening: aCinema featuring works by Pixie Cram

Works by Pixie Cram and others. Details to come...

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 3 Sunday, February 3
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)
Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

“And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 6 Wednesday, February 6
7:00pm, Give what you can
Poetry Reading: Beatrice Szymkowiak, Leila Chatti, and Angie Trudell Vasquez

Please join us in celebrating the new and forthcoming publications by Beatrice Szymkowiak, RED ZONE (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Leila Chatti, Tunsiya/Amrikiya…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 10 Sunday, February 10
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)
Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

“And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 12 Tuesday, February 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
Feb 17 Sunday, February 17
2:00pm, Tuition: $100 (Members $90) | Drop-ins $30 ($27 Members)
Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

“And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in…

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

“And here I am, the / center of all beauty! / writing these poems! / Imagine!” –Frank O’Hara Join Peter Burzynski and other writers in…

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
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…

Read More

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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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