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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
May 29

Build Your Bindery Community Meeting

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

readings & workshops
June 6 -8

Workshop with Duriel E. Harris

readings & workshops
June 6

Poetry Reading: Duriel E. Harris

readings & workshops
June 8

Closing Reading & Reception: Duriel E. Harris Workshop

special events
June 10

Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

readings & workshops
June 12

Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

readings & workshops
June 14

Offsite Reading: Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee

readings & workshops
June 15

Poetry Reading: Abraham Smith & Steve Timm

readings & workshops
June 16

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

performances
June 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Featured Upcoming Events

Build Your Bindery Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 29
6:00pm, Open to the public!

Please join The Bindery for a hands-on evening of interactive space planning! "We can't build a community hub for you... well, without you!  We'll tell you about the project and provide the floor plan of our historic book bindery--plus the materials and guidance you'll need to literally draw out your vision for its future. Picture your perfect work space: how is it laid out? What's in it? What isn't? We want to know. We've spent the last year chatting with the book and lit…

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ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Sunday, June 3
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Alternating Currents Live presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity with guest soloists Rick Aaron - flute Marielle Allschwang - violin Jon Mueller - percussion Steve Nelson-Raney - saxophone     “City of Vorticity” is a constantly changing electronic sound environment composed by Tom Hamilton with a constantly changing sequence of improvising soloists who interact with the electronic sound. “City of Vorticity” was first presented at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY, as part of their Interpretations series and subsequently presented at the 2016 Sound Symposium festival in St. John’s…

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Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris

June 6 - June 8
1:00pm, $175 | $160 for members of either WP or Lynden Sculpture Garden

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy is a three day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Duriel E. Harris.The residency will begin with a reading by Duriel E. Harris at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 PM, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 8th at 6 PM. Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June…

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Poetry Reading: Duriel E. Harris

Wednesday, June 6
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Please join us for a reading with Duriel E. Harris! All are welcome to attend! This reading is included in the cost for the participants in Duriel’s workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden ABOUT DURIEL E. HARRIS Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, and sound artist. She is author of three print volumes of poetry, including her most recent, No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010). Multi-genre works include her one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, as…

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Closing Reading & Reception: Duriel E. Harris Workshop

Friday, June 8
6:00pm, Open to the public!

Closing Reading & Reception for the three day writing workshop with Duriel E. Harris will take place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden! Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share writing they’ve developed during the workshop. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. Please join us!

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Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

Sunday, June 10
11:00am, Open to the public!

Please stop by our tables during Locust Street Festival of Music & Art!  We will be fundraising with our Community Ties raffle - prize details to come! There will also be books on sale, an open mic and a collaborative community typewritten poem! (Some of us may also be running in the beer run - but stay tuned because that may change!)

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Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Tuesday, June 12
6:30pm, Open to the public!

Details coming soon...

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Offsite Reading: Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee

Thursday, June 14
7:30pm, $7 cover (though nobody will be turned away at the door)

Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee returns with the deeply inspirational and wildly talented Brit Nicole. She has brought her brand of bombastic and ephemeral spoken word to a wide variety of stages and launched the long-running PENtastic! open mic as a member of the Still Waters Collective. Beyond poetry, Brit's community advocacy has long been a light throughout the heart of Milwaukee and we couldn’t be more excited to bring her to the Var Gallery stage. Joining her will be…

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Poetry Reading: Abraham Smith & Steve Timm

Friday, June 15
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Abraham Smith is the author of five poetry collections: Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018); Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.…

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Genre: Urban Arts Reading

Saturday, June 16
7:00pm

Details coming soon...

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, June 21
7:00pm, $6

Details coming soon...

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
May 29 Tuesday, May 29
6:00pm, Open to the public!
Build Your Bindery Community Meeting

Please join The Bindery for a hands-on evening of interactive space planning! "We can't build a community hub for you... well, without…

Read More

performances
Jun 3 Sunday, June 3
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Alternating Currents Live presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity with guest soloists Rick Aaron - flute Marielle Allschwang - violin Jon Mueller -…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 8
1:00pm, $175 | $160 for members of either WP or Lynden Sculpture Garden
Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris Writing in the Light of Death:…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jun 6 Wednesday, June 6
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Duriel E. Harris

Please join us for a reading with Duriel E. Harris! All are welcome to attend! This reading is included in…

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readings & workshops
Jun 8 Friday, June 8
6:00pm, Open to the public!
Closing Reading & Reception: Duriel E. Harris Workshop

Closing Reading & Reception for the three day writing workshop with Duriel E. Harris will take place at the Lynden…

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special events
Jun 10 Sunday, June 10
11:00am, Open to the public!
Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

Please stop by our tables during Locust Street Festival of Music & Art!  We will be fundraising with our Community Ties raffle…

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readings & workshops
Jun 12 Tuesday, June 12
6:30pm, Open to the public!
Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Details coming soon...

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readings & workshops
Jun 14 Thursday, June 14
7:30pm, $7 cover (though nobody will be turned away at the door)
Offsite Reading: Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee

Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee returns with the deeply inspirational and wildly talented Brit Nicole. She has brought her…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jun 15 Friday, June 15
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Abraham Smith & Steve Timm

Abraham Smith is the author of five poetry collections: Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018); Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015);…

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readings & workshops
Jun 16 Saturday, June 16
7:00pm,
Genre: Urban Arts Reading

Details coming soon...

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performances
Jun 21 Thursday, June 21
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Details coming soon...

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New Arrivals

Small Press Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing Anthology
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline


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Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing by Anthology

Small Press

Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing is a poetry chapbook anthology project to honor all who participated in Milwaukee's 1967-68 open housing marches and to envision and help build the inclusive community we need. Inclusive of a range of poets and poetic styles, the chapbook serves as a metaphor for the inclusive neighborhoods we value and seek to build.

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