• 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

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 6 Saturday, October 6
11:00am,

Join us in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers!

 
Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling Presse began its life in as a xeroxed zine and slowly transformed into a Brooklyn-based nonprofit small press led by a volunteer collective that has brought out more than 250 titles to date. Throughout its history, UDP has favored emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade and letterpress elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.
 
5 pm: Gallery Opening for Ugly Duckling Presse: The First 25 Years—This exhibit presents a wide variety of printed materials, ephemera, posters, newspapers, broadsides, chapbooks, letterpress prints, artist's books, and special editions produced by UDP since 1993, beginning with The Ugly Duckling zine. The exhibit includes Joel Schlemowitz's award-winning experimental documentary "Loudmouth Collective/Ugly Duckling Presse" (2003), which chronicles the activities of UDP and its collaborators in the early 2000s.

6 pm: Conversation with UDP editor Matvei Yankelevich

7 pm: Poetry readings by UDP authors Corina Copp, Joshua Edwards, Lewis Freedman, Jennifer Nelson, and Simone White