• 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
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

exhibitions
May 9 - Jun 12

There Again, the Disappearance: Maria Gaspar, Vaughan Larsen, Valaria Tatera 

performances
May 26

Alternating Currents Live presents: Urs Leimgruber - Jim Baker Duo

readings & workshops
May 26

Workshop: Papermaking with George Jones - Session 2

readings & workshops
May 31

Workshop: Poetry Is the Question with Emily Kendal Frey

readings & workshops
June 1

Workshop: Poetry Is the Question with Emily Kendal Frey

readings & workshops
June 2

Workshop: Poetry Is the Question with Emily Kendal Frey

readings & workshops
June 6

Poetry Reading: Kathie Giorgio, Cristina M. R. Norcross, Lisa Marie Brodsky

performances
June 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 4 Thursday, April 4
7:00pm, $30 WPBC members - $35 general

The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud]), a poetry and performance workshop with Tommy Pico. 

In this performance workshop participants will bring a poem they love, a poem they’ve written. All together we’ll do some breathing exercises and physical exercises, and we'll read some sentences for intention. The instructor will meet with each participant individually to work out the kinks, and then we’ll all come together to close out the evening with a group poetry reading.

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About the instructor: 
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the 2017 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), winner of a 2018 American Book Award and finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award, Junk (Tin House Books, 2018), Feed (forthcoming 2019 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that published art and writing from 2008-2013. Pico’s honors include fellowships in poetry from Lambda Literary and the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and a Whiting Award. He’s been profiled in Time Out New York, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Currently, he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. You can find him on Twitter at @heyteebs