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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
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

Elizabeth Willis

Elizabeth Willis's most recent books of poetry are Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006) and Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003).The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995) was selected for the National Poetry Series. Recently she edited a collection of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place(University of Iowa Press, 2008). She grew up in Eau Claire, WI and now lives in Massachusetts. She teaches at Wesleyan University.

In Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place, Elizabeth Willis collects essays by leading poets and scholars that make a major contribution to the study of Lorine Niedecker, who was, in the words of British poet and critic Basil Bunting, "the most interesting woman poet America has yet produced."

Selected Poems

The Oldest Garden in the World


Elizabeth Willis

 

Something drives out 
from the fate I was hungry for.
A body that fulfills its face
carries into day
what fades behind it.
In Natural History
Sophocles loved
Asphodel, but Asphodel
loved William Carlos
Williams as hyacinth
loved France, and honey
loves a toothache.
Is that a crime
or just a form of currency
like big tobacco, moving on
with shady radar
over our greenery?