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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

September 12 - October 3
11:00am, No charge and open to the public

In 1984, Diana Barrie created panels for Woodland Pattern's facade. Her sister Pamela Barrie wrote the accompanying verses. 34 years later, we've brought the mural's magic back to Locust Street. Continuing the celebration, we have works by both Diana and Pamela in our gallery until October 3rd! 

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Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

Wednesday, September 26
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Peter Gizzi is an internationally recognized poet and the author of several collections of poetry, including Archeophonics (Finalist for the National Book Award, Wesleyan, 2016), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 (Wesleyan, 2014), Threshold Songs (Wesleyan, 2011), The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003), Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), and Periplum (Avec Books, 1992). He has been the poetry editor for The Nation, co-founded and edited o·blēk: a journal of language arts, and since 2003…

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Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

Wednesday, October 3
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Please join us for a reading by Joshua Beckman! Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of many books, including The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books), The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat,…

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Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 6
5:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers!   Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling Presse began its life in as a xeroxed zine and slowly transformed into a Brooklyn-based nonprofit small press led by a volunteer collective that has brought out more than 250 titles to date. Throughout its history, UDP has favored emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade and letterpress elements,…

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Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 6 - September 28
Open to the public

This exhibition is in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers! Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling Presse began its life in as a xeroxed zine and slowly transformed into a Brooklyn-based nonprofit small press led by a volunteer collective that has brought out more than 250 titles to date. Throughout its history, UDP has favored emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade and letterpress elements, calling attention…

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Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

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

ACL presents The TANDEM Trio! The TANDEM Trio blends many contemporary experimental musical influences including electroacoustic, minimalist, and free improvised music. Working with a large instrumental palette, they play music focused completely on the present moment, with sound and the act of listening constituting the core of their music. Anouck Genthon is violinist, improviser, and ethnomusicologist based in Geneva, Switzerland. Using the violin in both traditional and extended techniques, her work delves deeply into her own improvised language through sound experience. She participates in many other projects,…

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Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

Sunday, October 7
1:00pm, $30-$35

Join UDP editor Matvei Yankelevich for an afternoon of writing and bookmaking!  In this workshop, participants will reflect on the folding of paper and the structure of the book in its relationship to the written word. After considering some passages from bookmakers Ulises Carrión and Keith Smith, Yankelevich will lead participants through experimentations with several single-sheet folded book techniques before inviting them to invent their own. Through a writing exercise that responds to the experience of folding paper, participants will create…

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Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

Wednesday, October 10
7:00pm, Give What You Can

The Wednesday Writers will give a public performance of works developed during their weekly meetings. Featuring readings by: Janine Arseneau, Diane Bezella, Jackie Dettloff, Karen Haley, Heddy Keith, Raquel Lauritzen, Barbara Leigh, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Lolly Rzezotarski, Janet Saenz, Susan Winecki. This group grew out of a series of memoir and poetry workshops led by writers-in-residence Maureen Owen and Jack Collom in 2009; it has continued because the members are devoted to the process of sharing their stories and reflections, and honing their…

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Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

Thursday, October 11
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us for an evening with Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser! We’ll be celebrating the publication of Mike Hauser’s Advanced Baby Syndrome (Sodear/UDP, 2018) and Tom Pickard’s Fiends Fell (Flood Editions, 2017) with readings by both of the authors. This event is part of ongoing series, generously funded by the Poetry Foundation, that pairs regional and national/international poets with recently released collections of poetry. Mike Hauser’s books include Advanced Baby Syndrome (Sodear/UDP, 2018) and Red And White Balloons (Adjunct Press, 2015). He has…

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Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

Friday, October 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join Sam Pekarske and friends to celebrate the release of Alms for the Bored from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Performing alongside Pekarske will be poets Roberto Harrison and Brenda Cardenas, with musical sets from Cairns and Anthony Deutsch. Feel free to bring along a hot dish or a cold beverage (or just show up)! This event will serve as the soft launch of the upcoming quarterly series Cross / Pollinate, a hybrid poetry and music series (curated by Sam Pekarske) that will highlight…

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Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

Sunday, October 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us for an evening with Key Taylor and J. Peter Moore! Ken Taylor is the co-founder and contributing editor of Lute & Drum. He is the author of self-portrait as joseph cornell (Pressed Wafer, 2016) and the chapbooks: dog with elizabethan collar (selva oscura press, 2015) and first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour, 2013). His poetry has appeared in Hambone, Volt, Blackbird, Southword, Blackbox Manifold, Carolina Quarterly, and others. J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor,…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, October 18
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. 1st set: Steve Nelson-Rainey (saxophone) and Jack Grassel (guitar) 2nd set: PaVda (Hal Rammel and Linda Binder on sound palette and electic violin, respectively) with guest, Amanda Schoofs (vocals/electronics)

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Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell

Saturday, October 20
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us for an evening with Soham Patel and Lauren Russell! Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor at Fence and The Georgia Review. Her chapbooks include and nevermind the storm (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013) New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2016), and in airplane and other poems (oxeye, 2018). She is the author of the full-length collections to afar from afar (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and ever really hear it (Subito, 2018), winner of the 2017…

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Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Thursday, October 25
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work!

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Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

Sunday, October 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh celebrating the release of their collaborative chapbook, Vanishing Point (tinder | tender, 2018). All proceeds from sales of Vanishing Point will go to the Environmental Defense Fund. Kathleen A. Dale is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Beautiful Unnamed (Zarigueya Press, 2015). She is also a mentor of poets, whether in the early or later stages of their career. Among numerous other publications,…

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Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

Friday, November 30
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit, Different Worlds, and the forthcoming pamphlet Our Rimbaud Mask (Ugly Duckling Presse). She is also the author of several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures and Anna Vitale's Pop Poems. Recent poems and prose have appeared in Alienocene, Columbia Poetry Review, Full Stop, and Jacket2. She earned an MFA from Bard and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hosts the Tenderness Junction on WFMU in Jersey City and teaches writing in New…

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Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Friday, December 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Riverwest Film & Video - Directed by Emir Cakaroz "This documentary is about Riverwest Film & Video, which rents out DVDs and sells film equipment. It also hosts a neighborhood radio station which is open to anyone who wants to have a program. The documentary examines the regulars of the store and the radio programmers and their relationships with the place. The film is also an investigation of a space in which the public and the private merge." –Emir Cakaroz     Director Biography Emir…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Sep 12 September 12 - October 3
11:00am, No charge and open to the public
Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

In 1984, Diana Barrie created panels for Woodland Pattern's facade. Her sister Pamela Barrie wrote the accompanying verses. 34 years…

Read More

readings & workshops
Sep 26 Wednesday, September 26
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

Peter Gizzi is an internationally recognized poet and the author of several collections of poetry, including Archeophonics (Finalist for the…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 3 Wednesday, October 3
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

Please join us for a reading by Joshua Beckman! Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 6 Saturday, October 6
5:00pm, Give What You Can
Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers!   Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly…

Read More

exhibitions
Oct 6 October 6 - September 28
6:00pm, Open to the public
Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibition is in celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of U.S. poetry’s most influential publishers! Known for their beautiful editions, Ugly Duckling…

Read More

performances
Oct 7 Sunday, October 7
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

ACL presents The TANDEM Trio! The TANDEM Trio blends many contemporary experimental musical influences including electroacoustic, minimalist, and free improvised music.…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 7 Sunday, October 7
1:00pm, $30-$35
Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

Join UDP editor Matvei Yankelevich for an afternoon of writing and bookmaking!  In this workshop, participants will reflect on the folding…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 10 Wednesday, October 10
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

The Wednesday Writers will give a public performance of works developed during their weekly meetings. Featuring readings by: Janine Arseneau, Diane…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 11 Thursday, October 11
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

Join us for an evening with Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser! We’ll be celebrating the publication of Mike Hauser’s Advanced Baby…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 12 Friday, October 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

Join Sam Pekarske and friends to celebrate the release of Alms for the Bored from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Performing alongside Pekarske…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 14 Sunday, October 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

Join us for an evening with Key Taylor and J. Peter Moore! Ken Taylor is the co-founder and contributing editor of…

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performances
Oct 18 Thursday, October 18
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. 1st set:…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 20 Saturday, October 20
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell

Join us for an evening with Soham Patel and Lauren Russell! Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor…

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readings & workshops
Oct 25 Thursday, October 25
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work!

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 28 Sunday, October 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh celebrating the release of their collaborative chapbook, Vanishing Point…

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readings & workshops
Nov 30 Friday, November 30
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit, Different Worlds, and the forthcoming pamphlet Our Rimbaud Mask (Ugly Duckling Presse).…

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film & video
Dec 14 Friday, December 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Riverwest Film & Video - Directed by Emir Cakaroz "This documentary is about Riverwest Film & Video, which rents out DVDs and…

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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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