• 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 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 6 Saturday, October 6
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

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