• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
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  • 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
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

readings & workshops
September 5

Br!NK New Play Festival

film & video
September 6

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

readings & workshops
September 7

Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

readings & workshops
September 7

Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form - a workshop with Ana Božičević

performances
September 11

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

exhibitions
September 14

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

performances
September 15

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

performances
September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 29 Saturday, April 29
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

One of America’s most acclaimed poets, Mark Doty, will give a special reading on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Park East Hotel, 916 State Street, Milwaukee. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students.

Doty’s appearance is in conjunction with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poet’s (WFOP) annual spring conference, being held at the Park East Hotel Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017. The conference will also feature readings by past and present Wisconsin and Milwaukee poets laureate. Conference attendees will receive free tickets to the Saturday evening reading by Mr. Doty.

Hailed by The Poetry Foundation as one of America’s most accomplished poets, and praised for his elegant, intelligent verse, Mark Doty is the author of a dozen works of poetry and prose, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poetry and four of verse have been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers’ Award, and, in the United Kingdom, the T.S. Eliot Prize. 

Mr. Doty has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Mr. Doty is a Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University. He also teaches at New York University’s low-residency MFA program.

Founded over 65 years ago, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is an organization devoted to the creation, promotion and enjoyment of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Mark Doty’s reading and his participation in the WFOP conference are funded in part by The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Wisconsin Writers Association, the Friends of Lorine Niedecker, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and through a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.) 

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partners in the Arts include MIlwaukee LGBT Community Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.