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Event Calendar
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

December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1


special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Small Press


Paperback. NYRB/ Poets (2015).


American poet Elizabeth Willis has written an electrifying body of work spanning more than twenty years. With a wild and inquisitive lyricism, Willis—“one of the most outstanding poets of her generation” (Susan Howe)—draws us into intricate patterns of thought and feeling. The intimate and civic address of these poems is laced with subterranean affinities among painters, botanists, politicians, witches and agitators. Coursing through this work is the clarity and resistance of a world that asks the poem to rise to this, to speak its fury.


Willis offers the penetrating musings and sometimes fragmented syntax of a contemporary Emily Dickinson but can feel like a spirited surrealist…Starting stringently and getting richer with cultural and political references as it proceeds, this Selected offers gems from five collections and culminates in a dozen new or uncollected pieces. Grab it.
—Library Journal, starred review

More people should be reading Elizabeth Willis, one of our most gifted and historically attuned poets.
—Jennifer Chang, Los Angeles Review of Books

Willis’s poetry offers a site where the lyrical and social collide in productive ways, where epiphany is short-circuited just as it is about to “transcend” experience, where the political runs aground on, against, implacable language, implacable “experience.”
—Tyrone Williams, Bird Dog

An amazing collision of the vulnerable and the mighty, the perishable and the explosive, the mundane and the cosmic.
—Stefania Heim, Boston Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Willis is the author of Address (2011), which received the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Prize, and four previous books of poetry. Her second book, The Human Abstract (1995), was selected for the National Poetry Series. A recent Guggenheim fellow in poetry, she teaches at Wesleyan University.