• 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

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

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 29 Saturday, February 29
2:00pm, $35 General | $30 Members

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

“Drawing a blank” can be one of the more daunting challenges of writing, but fortunately none of the traditional Tarot cards are blank. As William Blake wrote in “Auguries of Innocence”: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” Our experiences—and the cards—are full of resonances, and if we look closely, patterns emerge. This workshop will explore the use of Tarot as a tool for becoming “unstuck” in a current project or for generating entirely new material. We will begin by putting aside any formal training we may have, relying instead on our intuition and performing associative exercises with card imagery. After working with the cards, we will read and discuss pieces of writing that use the ancient archetypes of Tarot to illuminate present-day quandaries. Finally, we will draft and share our own short prose or poetry pieces, using the cards as a catalyst. This workshop is open to any genre and is ideal for writers looking to refresh, reinvigorate, or refocus their practice. No prior knowledge of Tarot needed.

Laurence Ross is a Baltimore-based cultural critic, writer, and educator. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and has published essays and reviews in literary journals such as Brevity, Gaga Stigmata, and the Georgia Review as well as the Huffington Post. Ross lived in New Orleans for six years, where he began his Tarot studies at the New Orleans School of Esoteric Arts and was a frequent contributor to Pelican Bomb, a regional publication dedicated to the Louisiana arts community. He also served as the Director of P.3Writes, an educational program in conjunction with U.S. Art Triennial Prospect New Orleans. 

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Part of What Can I Do?: Spirituality, Civic Engagement, & Artistic Practice, a series of exhibitions made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.