• 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
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

performances
April 26

Cross / Pollinate: Ruth B8r, L Allen, Apollo Vermouth, J Janzer

readings & workshops
April 27

Reading: Dara Wier

film & video
May 3

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
May 4

Poetry Reading: Mary-Kim Arnold & Kate Colby

performances
May 5

Performance: The Bridge #2.1

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
May 9

Poetry Reading: Morgan Parker & Becca Klaver

film & video
May 10

Screening: Milwaukee Kitchen Viewing Party

readings & workshops
May 18

Poetry Reading: Lila Zemborain & Elias Sepulveda

readings & workshops
May 23

Poetry Reading: David Welch & Jacob Saenz

performances
May 26

Alternating Currents Live presents: Jim Baker + special guest

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 6 Saturday, October 6
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

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