• 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
readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre + José Felipe Alvergue

readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Workshop with Mónica de la Torre

readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

Archived readings & workshops
Feb 29 Saturday, February 29
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

“Drawing a blank” can be one of the more daunting challenges of writing, but fortunately none of the traditional Tarot cards are blank. As William Blake wrote in “Auguries of Innocence”: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” Our experiences—and the cards—are full of resonances, and if we look closely, patterns emerge. This workshop will explore the use of Tarot as a tool for becoming “unstuck” in a current project or for generating entirely new material. We will begin by putting aside any formal training we may have, relying instead on our intuition and performing associative exercises with card imagery. After working with the cards, we will read and discuss pieces of writing that use the ancient archetypes of Tarot to illuminate present-day quandaries. Finally, we will draft and share our own short prose or poetry pieces, using the cards as a catalyst. This workshop is open to any genre and is ideal for writers looking to refresh, reinvigorate, or refocus their practice. No prior knowledge of Tarot needed.

Laurence Ross is a Baltimore-based cultural critic, writer, and educator. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and has published essays and reviews in literary journals such as Brevity, Gaga Stigmata, and the Georgia Review as well as the Huffington Post. Ross lived in New Orleans for six years, where he began his Tarot studies at the New Orleans School of Esoteric Arts and was a frequent contributor to Pelican Bomb, a regional publication dedicated to the Louisiana arts community. He also served as the Director of P.3Writes, an educational program in conjunction with U.S. Art Triennial Prospect New Orleans. 

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Part of What Can I Do?: Spirituality, Civic Engagement, & Artistic Practice, a series of exhibitions made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.