• 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 - 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
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

performances
October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

Maureen Owen

Maureen Owen was born in 1943 in Graceville, Minnesota. She grew up on California's horseracing tracks where her parents were horsetrainers. She attended Seattle University and San Francisco State University before moving to Japan in 1965 and then to New York and Connecticut. In 1969, Owen began publishing and editing Telephone Books and Telephonemagazine, a press and magazine that began in mimeograph format, and has edited thirty titles of the press and nineteen issues of the magazine to date. She received a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. in 1999. She has worked as Program Coordinator at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in NY and served on the Board of the Poetry Project and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines—both as a member and as a vice-chairperson. She has taught a number of creative writing workshops including for children and seniors. Her academic career includes teaching courses in creative writing and research at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999, as well as mentoring workshops at Swarthmore College and St. Joseph's College in Connecticut. She now lives in Denver and teaches at Naropa University.

Her title Amelia Earhart won a Before Columbus American Book Award for Poetry. Her Selected poems, American Rush, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in April, 1999. Her most recent publication, Erosion's Pull, Coffee House Press (2006), was a Colorado Book Award and Balcones Poetry Prize finalist.
 

Selected Poems

Whenever I snow


Maureen Owen

 

I think of Black
Beauty
when he was
pulling a cab

standing
streetside
under a lamppost
his dark harness gathering flakes
a jet horse becoming white                 powder

a dark horse
disappearing