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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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performances
February 18

Formations presents Mark Mantel's VIBE SERIES & PaVda

exhibitions
February 19 - Mar 26

Like A Book: Artwork of David Dunlap {curated by Lane Hall}

readings & workshops
March 3

Offsite Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera

readings & workshops
March 5

Reading: Bruce Andrews & Paul Vogel

readings & workshops
March 9

UWM United We Read

readings & workshops
March 10

Offsite Event: City Creatures: Exploring the Urban Wilderness through Word and Image

readings & workshops
March 11

Reading: Nikki Wallschlaeger, Daniel Borzutzky & Jennifer L. Knox

Featured Upcoming Events

Formations presents Mark Mantel's VIBE SERIES & PaVda

Thursday, February 18
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.   PaVda   Hal Rammel and Linda Binder perform as PaVda, a freely improvising duo based in southeastern Wisconsin. The soundscapes they create using unusual combinations of rarely heard instruments have been described as “ethereal”, “expansive”, "unusual", “unique”. Initially, playing together on palette, (Pa), an instrument of Hal Rammel’s invention, and viola d’amore (Vda), they have continued exploring, and expanding their sound incorporating saw, waterphones, and…

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Like A Book: Artwork of David Dunlap {curated by Lane Hall}

February 19 - March 26
6:00pm, FREE

  Join us for a FREE opening reception on Friday, February 19th from 6 PM until 9 PM. David Dunlap will be in attendance!   David Dunlap always carries a small notebook in his hip pocket. He’s done this since 1974, and often structures his site specific installations around the chronology of his obsessive recordings in these tattered little books. He has also created ornate monthly calendars for the past 25 years that suggest the sedimentary and inevitable flow of time in a life…

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Offsite Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera

Thursday, March 3
7:00pm, FREE

  The UWM Creative Writing Program will host U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera for a reading at the UWM Union Ballroom.    The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016), Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. He grew up in California as the son of migrant farmers, which shaped much of his work, and from 2012-2014, he served as California State Poet Laureate. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim…

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Reading: Bruce Andrews & Paul Vogel

Saturday, March 5
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

  Avol's Bookstore & Woodland Pattern Book Center present poet, performance writer & literary theorist Bruce Andrews, reading with Milwaukee poet Paul Vogel.    Bruce Andrews is (since 1975) a New York City-based poet, performance writer, literary theorist & recently retired left-wing political science professor. As Musical Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he has created sound designs & live mixes of music & text for over two decades of performances. Most recent of a dozen or so big books is You Can’t Have Everything...…

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UWM United We Read

Wednesday, March 9
7:00pm, FREE

The Spring installment of United We Read - a UWM student/faculty reading series -  will feature English Professor Liam Callanan joined by graduate students Mark Brand, David Kruger, and Noel Pabillo Mariano. This event is FREE and open to the public.  

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Reading: Nikki Wallschlaeger, Daniel Borzutzky & Jennifer L. Knox

Friday, March 11
7:00pm, FREE

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work recently has been featured in Storyscape Journal, Dusie, Fanzine, The Enemy, The Brooklyn Rail & others. She is the author of the chapbook I Would Be the Happiest Bird (Horseless Press) and her first full-length book of poems, Houses, also from Horseless Press in 2015. Her graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel was published by Bloof books.   Daniel Borzutzky’s books and chapbooks include, among others, The Performance of Becoming Human (2016); In the Murmurs of…

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Featured Upcoming Events


performances
Feb 18 Thursday, February 18
7:00pm, $6
Formations presents Mark Mantel's VIBE SERIES & PaVda

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.   PaVda   Hal Rammel and…

Read More

exhibitions
Feb 19 February 19 - March 26
6:00pm, FREE
Like A Book: Artwork of David Dunlap {curated by Lane Hall}

  Join us for a FREE opening reception on Friday, February 19th from 6 PM until 9 PM. David Dunlap will be…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 3 Thursday, March 3
7:00pm, FREE
Offsite Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera

  The UWM Creative Writing Program will host U. S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera for a reading at the UWM…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 5 Saturday, March 5
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Reading: Bruce Andrews & Paul Vogel

  Avol's Bookstore & Woodland Pattern Book Center present poet, performance writer & literary theorist Bruce Andrews, reading with Milwaukee poet Paul Vogel.    Bruce…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 9 Wednesday, March 9
7:00pm, FREE
UWM United We Read

The Spring installment of United We Read - a UWM student/faculty reading series -  will feature English Professor Liam Callanan…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 11 Friday, March 11
7:00pm, FREE
Reading: Nikki Wallschlaeger, Daniel Borzutzky & Jennifer L. Knox

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work recently has been featured in Storyscape Journal, Dusie, Fanzine, The Enemy, The Brooklyn Rail & others. She…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Small Press toxic city Janice Lobo Sapigao
  Viaticum Brent Christianson
  Literature is Not the Longhouse Andrew Schelling
  Staying Alive Laura Sims
  Literature for Nonhumans Gabriel Gudding
  The Feel Trio Fred Moten


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toxic city by Janice Lobo Sapigao

Small Press

“In poetry, prose, binary code, and Ilokano, toxic city, investigates the systemic exploitation of female immigrant workers in Silicon Valley chip plants. Sapigao, whose mother worked at such a plant, writes with the cool clarity of a reporter and the heartbreaking intimacy of a daughter. Short but haunting, this is a beautiful, smart, angry book.” ~Amy Berkowitz, author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015)

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