• 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
Mar 26 Thursday, March 26
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Eli Goldblatt, author of For Instance (Chax Press, 2019), and Charles Alexander, poet, book artist, and founding director of Chax Press.

Eli Goldblatt’s poems have appeared over the last forty-five years in small literary journals such as Hambone, 6ix, Louisiana Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. His previous poetry collections include Sessions 1-62, Speech Acts, and Without a Trace. His children’s books are Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep. His books on composition and literacy include Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography and Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum. He has collaborated with his wife Wendy Osterweil on children’s books, broadsides, and other poetry/print projects over the years. For both collaborations with Wendy and Michael Moore, his poems arose as a response to their art work. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Temple University and formerly director of New City Writing, an institute focused on community literacy in North Philadelphia.

(Woodcut by Wendy Osterweil from For Instance)


Charles Alexander is an artist, poet, bookmaker, and the founder/director of Chax Press. He is the author of six full-length books of poetry and thirteen chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, and author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Alexander’s most recent book of poetry is AT the Edge OF the Sea (Singing Horse Press 2018). Two Pushing Waters is his most recent chapbook, from Little Red Leaves. He gave lectures and readings for US Poets in Mexico in 2016. In 2019 he was a featured participant at the American Poetry Conference at The 7th International Conference of Chinese/American Poetry and Poetics in Wuhan, China. He has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, the University of Arizona, and elsewhere. In past years he has taught poetry and poetics classes for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and has planned and participated in a symposium on the poet Charles Olson, held at the UA Poetry Center in 2008. He’s currently at work on a collection of essays and a new book of poetry. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his partner, painter Cynthia Miller.