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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

special events
August 12 -23

CLOSED for inventory

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
Feb 22 Sunday, February 22
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

As Kimberly Blaeser’s 2015-2016 term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate begins, and as Max Garland’s 2013-2014 term comes to a close, it’s our great pleasure to celebrate the passing of the torch with a reading. Congratulations Kimberly, and thank you Max, for tirelessly promoting and celebrating literature and the arts throughout the state.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission whose members represent several Wisconsin arts organizations (including the Milwaukee-based Center for the Book) and with special support from The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.


 

Kimberly Blaeser is Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016. She is author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You.  A Professor at UW—Milwaukee, she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. Her writing has been widely anthologized, most recently in The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

 

Through conferences, publications, reading events, exhibits, festivals, and the like, I have had many opportunities to meet and work with Wisconsin communities. I always find the experiences exhilarating and the poetry of our state continually astonishes me. To be selected as Wisconsin’s ambassador for poetry is truly a gift.

            -Kimberly Blaeser

 

Max Garland of Eau Claire was Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990; currently he is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Garland’s publications include The Postal Confessions (winner of the Juniper Prize), Hunger Wide as Heaven, and Apparitions, a chapbook. Poetry and fiction have also appeared in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, Earth Shattering, and the upcoming Down to the Dark River.