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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
May 4 - Jun 11

Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

readings & workshops
June 1

Book Release: Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

readings & workshops
June 4

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Scappettone

readings & workshops
June 6 -9

Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond

special events
June 11 -11

Anja Notanja Sieger's Advice Tent

readings & workshops
June 13

OFFSITE READING: Poetry in the Park

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

May 4 - June 11
6:00pm, FREE

  News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin   Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, June 11 Public Reception: Thursday, May 4 | 6-8 PM   News from the Homefront contains stories from the momentous to the everyday. The exhibition presents narratives about the Maine landscape juxtaposed with people from other times and other locations. It memorializes seismic events like the murder of club patrons in Orlando, Florida. It introduces the viewer to friends and students with whom I have come in contact during thirty…

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Book Release: Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

Thursday, June 1
7:00pm, FREE

  Celebrate the publication of Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Co-editors & curators, Brenda Cardenas and Roberto Harrison, will host this reading of works by contributors from Wisconsin and the region.   Readers are Brenda Cárdenas, Ching-In Chen, Jenny L. Davis, Edgar Garcia, Roberto Harrison, José Luis Moctezuma, Soham Patel, Paul Martinez-Pompa and Amanda Ngoho Reavey.   we can’t build a wall. we can only spout pure water again and again and drown his lies.         —Eileen Myles Racism, xenophobia, misogyny and their related…

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Poetry Reading: Jennifer Scappettone

Sunday, June 4
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE for workshop participants

Join us for a reading by Jennifer Scappettone to kick off her residency and workshop at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.   Jennifer Scappettone works at the crossroads of writing, translation, and scholarly research, on the page and off. She is the author of the hybrid-genre verse books From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (just out from Atelos Press), and of the scholarly study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University…

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Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond

June 6 - June 9
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

  Intersite: Geopoetics of the Urban Garden and Beyond is a four day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Jennifer Scappettone.The residency will begin with a reading by Jennifer Scappettone at Woodland Pattern on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 9 at 6 PM.     Register online, or call Woodland Pattern at 414-263-5001.   Registration General $200.00 USDMember $185.00 USD     ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this…

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Anja Notanja Sieger's Advice Tent

June 11 - June 11
11:00am, $5

  In conjunction with the Locust Street Festival of Music and Art, local performance artist and poet Anja Notanja Sieger will present a room full of answers. Receive an advice consultation on one problem from 30 different wise poets each specializing in a different kind of advice such as "Flirty,” “Yiddish,” “Financial,” "Homesteading," "Outer Space," "Bhuddist," "Cheesy," "Truest Self," "Beatlemaniac," "Numerology" and much, much more!   Sieger, who is organizing the event, previously presented her first Advice Tent last year at the Milwaukee…

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OFFSITE READING: Poetry in the Park

Tuesday, June 13
6:30pm, FREE

Poetry in the Park is entering its third year and remains dedicated to bringing quality poetry for free to Juneau Park. This season features established poets from Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, alongside up-and-coming local poets.   We will meet around the Solomon Juneau statue overlooking Lake Michigan. Please join us with your blankets, chairs, beverages, snacks, pets, and pals! Rain or shine. (Stay tuned for weather and location updates.)   June’s event will feature DASHA KELLY, an alumna of HBO's Def Poetry Jam who…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
May 4 May 4 - June 11
6:00pm, FREE
Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

  News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin   Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, June 11 Public Reception: Thursday, May 4 |…

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readings & workshops
Jun 1 Thursday, June 1
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

  Celebrate the publication of Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Co-editors & curators, Brenda Cardenas and…

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readings & workshops
Jun 4 Sunday, June 4
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE for workshop participants
Poetry Reading: Jennifer Scappettone

Join us for a reading by Jennifer Scappettone to kick off her residency and workshop at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.   Jennifer…

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readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 9
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden
Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond

  Intersite: Geopoetics of the Urban Garden and Beyond is a four day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence…

Read More

special events
Jun 11 June 11 - June 11
11:00am, $5
Anja Notanja Sieger's Advice Tent

  In conjunction with the Locust Street Festival of Music and Art, local performance artist and poet Anja Notanja Sieger will…

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readings & workshops
Jun 13 Tuesday, June 13
6:30pm, FREE
OFFSITE READING: Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park is entering its third year and remains dedicated to bringing quality poetry for free to Juneau…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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