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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 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Small Press

Poetry.

Paperback. Pebblebrook Press (2015).

$15.00.

"The artful manipulation of language is difficult enough for poets who have all 26 letters of the alphabet at their disposal, but here Mark Zimmermann has risen to that challenge under severe self-imposed restrictions. The poems are called "lipograms"—dramatic monologues that feature historical personae or literary characters speaking for themselves, but with a major difference: they are limited to the letters that occur in their own names. Among them: Walt Disney ("I see an island, Eden walled. . ."), Grigory Rasputin ("Staring into Tsarina's angst, I intuit signs. . . "), even Ted Kaczynski ("I can't stand it. A dazed intensity kicks in. . ."). Much like the old-time magicians who could extricate themselves from locked barrels, Zimmermann's speakers manage, remarkably, to escape their impediments and speak, convincingly and eloquently, from their souls." 

     –Marilyn L. Taylor 
        Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2009-2010

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About the Author

Mark Zimmermann is a Wisconsin native and has degrees in English from the University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Between 1990 and 2004, he lived in Japan, the Netherlands, Hungary, and  Poland, where he worked as a university instructor and freelance journalist/editor. He attributes a good part of his attraction to the lipogram’s linguistic constraints to his previous familiarity with  somewhat similar limitations that he experienced as a second and third language user during those  years abroad.  Since his return to the United States, he has taught humanities and writing courses  at the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he received the Johnson Controls Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He is also a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets and represents the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and in the anthology Masquerades and Misdemeanors (Pebblebrook Press, 2013). Zimmermann lives in Milwaukee with his wife and two cats.