• 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 - 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

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
Nov 21 Saturday, November 21
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

Join us for a reading with visiting writers Brenda Coultas and Stacy Szymaszek!

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press, and she is a contributing fiction editor at Black and Grey. Her other books included The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness and the Denver Quarterly. This past year she was a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation.

 

 

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press,2005), Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009) and hart island (Nightboat Books, 2015). Her book Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals won the 2014 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and is forthcoming in 2016. Select chapbook titles include Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012) and Journal Started in August (Projective Industries, 2015).​ ​​Szymaszek is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and a mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She worked at Woodland Pattern from 1999-2005. She currently lives in New York City where she is the Director of The Poetry Project ​​at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. ​

 

 

 

Please also joins us for The Curious Writing Cabinet, a workshop with Brenda Coultas taking place from 2 PM until 5 PM on Sunday, November 22. 

 


 

from The Tatters

 

A wet pigeon said, “Why don’t I ask for what I really want?”

 

I have forgotten the purpose

Of touching a child’s hand

Of pigeon shit on perfect feathers

Of deep round cake pans

 

In taking it apart

to see how it works

I realized that I wish to control the means of production

 

                    -Brenda Coultas

 

 

from hart island

 

who’s under who’s wing

 

make a pantomime of loss some-

 

one made Aspiration a new

 

arm from sticks and paper

 

mache he’s holding a bouquet

 

so furtive this is flip phone to flip

 

phone only a white whale

 

away here is my card I am not

 

working is what I will say

 

here is my card I am not working

 

today wish friends would re-

 

populate as quickly as the fields

 

                    -Stacy Szymaszek

 


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