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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

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 18 Friday, November 18
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

A reading in celebration of Jay Besemer’s Chelate (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), with Amanda Ngoho Reavey.

 

Jay Besemer is the author of many poetic artifacts including Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press), A New Territory Sought (Moria), Aster to Daylily (Damask Press), and Object with Man’s Face (Rain Taxi Ohm Editions). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. His performances and video poems have been featured in various live arts festivals and series, including Meekling Press’ TALKS Series; Chicago Calling Arts Festival; Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading}; Absinthe & Zygote; @Salon 2014 and Sunday Circus. Jay also contributes performance texts, poems, and critical essays to numerous publications including Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, Barzakh, The Collagist, PANK, Petra, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The VOLTA, and the CCM organsENTROPY and ENCLAVE. He is a contributing editor with The Operating System, the co-editor of a special digital Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern, and founder of the Intermittent Series in Chicago, where he lives with his partner and a very helpful cat.

 

 

Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet and artist interested in ancestral stories and plant spirit communication. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Construction Literary Magazine, TRUCK, The Volta, and Anthropoid, among others, and her debut book, Marilyn, was recently published by The Operating System. Wanting to return to a sense of play, Amanda founded Tea & Tattered Pages, a small press which produces a Tea Room podcast, coffee table books, the Tattered Pages chapbook series, and the Panthalassa pamphlet series. She works at Woodland Pattern Book Center and holds an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. 

 

 


 

from Chelate

 

 

when the structure cracks open & welcomes us

: when the injury of days & the wind they bring :

when the moisture of our words has saturated the

walls : when making & unmaking have become the

same action : when the light in our hands has the

taste of honey : when the nails we pull up from the

floorboards are songs : when eyes : when names

grow : when names grow in the cracks : when night

: we are there : we are with you : we rest our long

hands upon your shoulders in blessing ::

 

************

 

i’m not interested in bombs or babies or smart ways

to interpret other people’s behavior : i’m a little

kinescope or maybe a tortoise with long incongruous

whiskers : at any rate i find my perspective to be

unusual in most discussions : so trust me when i

say that sometimes i want to bury myself in a pile

of leaves until the wee families depart & the park

gates close : sometimes i want to stand in a field of

cows & sneeze for an hour : sometimes i want to

drive down a deserted road to find the hidden ruin

at the end & move in : these things feel reassuring :

like bees, you know : how bees can find their homes

even when their homes don’t exist : or like a star,

following in the rearview : pushing the motor in the

heart to click & hum in hope ::

 

 

—Jay Besemer  

 


 

                                                        ACHERON

 

                                                         Know your name

 

 

                                                                   Be clear

 

 

                                               Malinao

 

                                                                                      ……………….

 

                                               

                                        Clear thoughts                      from

 

 

                                                              Clear souls

 

                            ………………….

 

                               

                                                                                          na isip

 

 

                                                   sway

 

       

                                                                              pray

 

 

                                                            sea

 

 

                                                                                       sink

                                                                                                 

                     

                                                                                —Amanda Ngoho Reavey