• 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 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

readings & workshops
Feb 2 February 2 - February 23
1:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member

In times of upheaval, some people might doubt the importance of writing poetry. In her book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2017), Jane Hirshfield responds to that doubt, powerfully demonstrating some of the ways in which poems can indeed transform the world. A workshop for both readers and writers, this four-session course will offer guidance to those who want to learn how to read poetry more deeply as well as to those seeking strategies for generating or revising poems. Through a consideration of chapters four, five, and six of Hirschfield’s book, the class will explore three of her key arguments: how the “hidden” aspect of metaphor can surprise both writer and reader; how poetry is based upon “uncertainty”—both knowing and not-knowing; and how many good poems have “window moments” in which the writer’s/reader’s gaze turns out to a much broader view before returning to the original vision, transforming it in the process.

Sundays, February 2-23 | 1:00-2:30 PM — $100 General | $90 Members


KATHLEEN A. DALE's works include one full-length book of poetry, three chapbooks, and a memoir/autobiography published in 2019. Her poetry has won numerous awards and has appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has taught returning adult students at both UWM and Marquette University as well as high school students and children. Recently she taught poetry to returning veterans as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities project. For the past seven years, she has mentored working poets as they revise drafts and seek to publish their work.