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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

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

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
Sep 26 Thursday, September 26
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

Jake Skeets, author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed, 2019), and writer and editor Manny Loley


Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. (Jake Skeets photo credit: Quanah_Yazzie)

Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and he is a Ph.D. candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. His work has appeared in HIKA, Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, and the Santa Fe Literary Review. In addition to a book of poems, Loley is at work on a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palms.


Thurs. September 26 | 12:30 PM | free and open to the public

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets at Special Collections at UWM Libraries

Charles Olson, in “Projective Verse,” states that poetry is energy transference from poet to poem to reader. This idea is one birthed from an understanding of land, place, and field. It is one closely related to Diné thought and lifeway. This craft talk will explore Diné understanding of world, art, and language as a means to understanding and writing poetry.   

Part of our series Native Writers in the 21st Century. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.