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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 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

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

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived exhibitions
Jan 30 January 30 - April 19
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Gary Sullivan, original comics art
Opening Reception—Sunday, March 15, 2pm

"One the two most important practitioners of an emerging form that might be called the 'graphic poem'" –Publishers Weekly

"One of the best uses of the comics form as autobiography in a long time." –The Comics Journal


In his comics, as in his poetry, Gary Sullivan has focused on material that other artists avoid or relegate to the sidelines. The 24-page travel comic "The Japanese Notebook" juxtaposes images culled from urban spaces in Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama with language seen in those cities on T-shirts, handbags, notebooks and signage. In another 24-pager, he winds Nada Gordon's poem "Coney Island Avenue" (a rewrite of Frank O'Hara's "Second Avenue") through signage created by and for the people living and working along one of Brooklyn's longest north-south streets in a celebration of urban, immigrant America.

This exhibition includes original art from the first three issues of Sullivan's comic book series, Elsewhere, as well as collaborations with contemporary poets including Brandon Downing, Juliana Spahr, and Brian Kim Stefans. The exhibit will also include original art from comics biographies of Cleveland poet d.a. levy and New York performance artist Jack Smith, never-before seen ASCII poems, and original drawings and cover art for a variety of books and magazines. 

Gary Sullivan began serializing his first comic strip, "Reverend Gary's Church of Fun," in the SF Weekly in the late 1980s. After a 10-year hiatus, he began "The New Life," which has been serialized in Rain Taxi Review of Books since 1997. He has published three issues of Elsewhere (the fourth issue is due out soon), and maintains a blog atgarysullivan.blogspot.com. 

Sullivan's non-comics work includes: Dead Man (Meow Press, 1996); Swoon, with Nada Gordon (Granary Books, 2001); How to Proceed in the Arts (Faux Press, 2001); and PPL in a Depot (Roof, 2008). Other work has appeared in the anthologies Telling it Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s; Nineteen Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Anthology; and The Consequence Of Innovation: 21st Century Poetics. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Nada Gordon.