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  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 4 - Jan 31

Elephant House: photos by Dick Blau

film & video
December 8

aCinema presents Not Similar to Anything, Just Similar

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Anne Boyer & Juliet Patterson

readings & workshops
December 10 -11

Insurgent Alchemy with Anne Boyer

performances
December 15

Formations presents Trench & The Tontine Ensemble

readings & workshops
December 16

Book Release: INCA Press

with The Suburban

readings & workshops
December 17

Poetry Reading: Rodrigo Toscano

readings & workshops
December 18 -18

Workshop: The Poetics of Face Time with Rodrigo Toscano

readings & workshops
January 8

Book Release: Steven Toussaint & John Tipton

exhibitions
January 10 -22

Exhibition: Museum of Advice

readings & workshops
January 18

Book Release: Ed Block & Sylvia Cavanaugh

performances
January 22

Concert: Alash Ensemble

readings & workshops
January 25

Book Release: Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

special events
January 28 -29

23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Featured Upcoming Events

Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration with historian of the zoo, Nigel Rothfels.     Exhibition: Sunday, December 4 through Tuesday, January 31 Opening Reception: Sunday December 4 | 1 PM to 5 PM   Dick Blau is a photographer and filmmaker and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed UWM Department of Film. Working with anthropologist colleagues, he is the author of Skyros Carnival, Bright Balkan Morning, Polka Happiness, and Polka Heartland,…

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aCinema presents Not Similar to Anything, Just Similar

Thursday, December 8
7:00pm, FREE; suggested donation

"The White Cat, Hunter and Killer, could hide in snow and sunlight on white walls and clouds and rocks." --William Burroughs, from Michael T. Taussig's Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative   Featuring the works of Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, Shaina Lund, Lydia Moyer, Ananda Serné, Maryam Tafakory and more!   Visit acinema.space for more.     aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki. 

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Poetry Reading: Anne Boyer & Juliet Patterson

Friday, December 9
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

  Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist whose books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women which Maureen McLane described in The New York Times as “a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.” Boyer’s work has been translated into a number of languages including Icelandic, Spanish, Persian, and Swedish, and in the spring of 2013, her chapbook, A Form of…

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Insurgent Alchemy with Anne Boyer

December 10 - December 11
1:00pm, $65 | $60 for Members of WPBC or Lynden

  Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center are excited to host poet & essayist Anne Boyer! As fall writer-in-residence Boyer will give a reading at Woodland Pattern on Friday, December 9, and conduct a two-day workshop at Lynden on Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11.   Register online, or call 414-263-5001   Register General $65.00 USDMember $60.00 USD   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This is a workshop in the poetics of alchemical insurgency and the insurgent alchemical. How do we take what we already…

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Book Release: INCA Press with The Suburban

Friday, December 16
7:00pm, FREE

Join us to celebrate new publications from INCA Press. Presented in partnership with The Suburban, this program will feature conversations with publishers and editors of, along with contributors to, three recently published books:   Forms of Education: Couldn't Get a Sense of It Edited by Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Irena Borić   Free as in Free... Published in collaboration with Publication Studio on the occasion of the 11th Gwangju Biennial   To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-2016 In collaboration with Temporary Art Review Edited by Sarrita Hunn and…

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23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of poets, writers, and lovers of the arts who set up camp at the book center and indulge in 15 hours of literary revelry. The event will run from 10 AM Saturday morning until 1 AM on Sunday, and will feature 150 poets and writers from Milwaukee and environs. All are welcome to participate, we only ask that each performer raise…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Dec 4 December 4 - January 31
1:00pm, FREE
Elephant House: Photos by Dick Blau

An exhibition of 25 photographs by Dick Blau, from the book Elephant House (Penn State U Press, 2015), his collaboration…

Read More

film & video
Dec 8 Thursday, December 8
7:00pm, FREE; suggested donation
aCinema presents Not Similar to Anything, Just Similar

"The White Cat, Hunter and Killer, could hide in snow and sunlight on white walls and clouds and rocks." --William Burroughs,…

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readings & workshops
Dec 9 Friday, December 9
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Poetry Reading: Anne Boyer & Juliet Patterson

  Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist whose books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the…

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readings & workshops
Dec 10 December 10 - December 11
1:00pm, $65 | $60 for Members of WPBC or Lynden
Insurgent Alchemy with Anne Boyer

  Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center are excited to host poet & essayist Anne Boyer! As fall writer-in-residence Boyer…

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readings & workshops
Dec 16 Friday, December 16
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: INCA Press with The Suburban

Join us to celebrate new publications from INCA Press. Presented in partnership with The Suburban, this program will feature conversations…

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special events
Jan 28 January 28 - January 29
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more
23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press OLIO Tyehimba Jess
  Up Jump the Boogie John Murillo
  Garments Against Women Anne Boyer
  Threnody Juliet Patterson


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OLIO by Tyehimba Jess

Small Press

"Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant, this outsized second volume from Jess (Leadbelly) celebrates the works and lives of African-American musicians, artists, and orators who predated the Harlem Renaissance." —Publishers Weekly

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