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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

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 12 Sunday, April 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

A reading celebrating two Cleveland State Poetry Center book prize winners, Broc Rossell & Siwar Masannat.


 

 Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Amman, Jordan currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin,  Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook contest funded by the Fall  for  the Book literary festival. 50 Water Dreams, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2014 First Book Prize and  will be  published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

 

 50 Water Dreams beckons us into a mysterious world of broken tesserae, a dispersed mosaic the reader must  puzzle over to reconstruct. What we discover, as the pieces begin to fit, is that Siwar Masannat subversively flips  the script of scripture, and invites us to re-read what we thought we  knew as the story of a land called 'holy. -Philip Metres

 

Broc Rossell is from California and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared in 1913, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harvard Review, jubilat, iO, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Laurel Review, Volt, and other places. His first book, Festival, will be published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center this spring.

 

The attention to the world paid here, whether despairing, reminiscent, documentary, or jubilant, is always an act of applied love, a celebration of the passing present; every line rings with that commitment. -Cole Swensen, on Rossell's Festival