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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 23

OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

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

film & video
November 2

Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

readings & workshops
November 6

Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

readings & workshops
November 6

Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 18

Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

performances
November 22

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
November 27

Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

readings & workshops
November 28

Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 6 - October 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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OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

Tuesday, October 23
7:00pm, Open to the public

Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception The panelists will discuss the services their organizations offer, how they began working in nonprofits, what draws them to this work, and the ways in which their employment intersects with their writing and artistic practice. They will also share some of the benefits and challenges of these careers, particularly for artist and writers. The discussion will be followed by a short reading by the panelists and a reception with light refreshments.  Off-site…

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Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

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

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work! The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay.  This reading is open mic style with the Urban Echo Poets reading alongside members of the public. Sign up is open day of - arrive 15 minutes early to ensure a spot!

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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 are 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…

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Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

Friday, November 2
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

aCinema presents Retour featuring works by Esther Wellejus and Akio Yuguchi You Are Still Somebody’s Someone (2017) Esther Wellejus, 24 min, video Synopsis: You Are Still Somebody's Someone is a documentary from a daughter to her father. A film on the blurry paths of memory and the love for the person behind the diagnosis.  In a dreamy realm of nature and with an abstract use of archival footage You Are Still Somebody’s Someone takes us on a journey of the sensing and discovery of memory…

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Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure)

November 3 - November 3
2:00pm, $35 GENERAL | $30 WPBC MEMBERS

  Think of writing as your free space – that dimension of existence where you are fully you, where                                                                                               you                         set the rules        …

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Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez-Pompa

Saturday, November 3
7:00pm, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

Join us for an evening with elena minor & Paul Martínez-Pompa!   elena minor is the author of TITULADA (Noemi Press, 2014), a book of bilingual poetry. Her work has been published in more than two dozen literary journals and anthologized in Angels of the Americlypse, BAX 2015, Coiled Serpent and Resist Much, Obey Little. Most recently her work has appeared in Uproot, The Santa Ana River Review, Gulf Coast and Hinchas de Poesía. She is the founding editor of PALABRA and teaches…

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Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

Tuesday, November 6
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Michael Dowdy is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches poetry and Latinx literature. He has written two books of criticism, including Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, which was published by the University of Arizona Press. He is co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, which was published by Wesleyan University Press in September 2018. His work as a poet includes…

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Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

Tuesday, November 6
2:00pm, Free & open to the public

Offsite Talk: @ UW–Milwaukee, Curtin Hall 175 Poets, Critics, and the Limits of Literary Citizenship by Michael Dowdy Michael Dowdy is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches poetry and Latinx literature. He has written two books of criticism, including Broken Souths: Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization, which was published by the University of Arizona Press. He is co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, which was published…

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We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, November 17
5:00pm, Reception + Program: $80 individual or $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance or $30 door

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: Woodland Pattern Book Center's 38th Anniversary Gala The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee Please join us at Woodland Pattern's 38th Annual Anniversary Gala, a cultural milestone celebrating American poetry, the arts, and everyone—including you—who has for nearly four decades made our organization’s work possible. The evening will feature a collaborative performance by award-winning writer Nathaniel Mackey and acclaimed jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell, as well as an address by Jen Benka, President of the Academy of…

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Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

Sunday, November 18
7:00pm, $6 member | $7 student/senior | $8 general

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15 featuring Josh Berman (cornet), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Didier Petit (cello), & Edward Perraud (drums) “One of way of speaking about the just excesses of any improvised music, which by nature make light of balance and imbalance, of stability and instability, would be to invoke another duality: that of reverence and irreverence. Because, passionately or soberly, soberly and passionately, each musician in this Bridge ensemble—the fifteenth, and the last of this cycle to start its…

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Concert: Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, November 22
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Jay Mollerskov & Jim Schoenecker (guitar & electronics) Set 2: Rick Ollman & Paul Westfahl (multi-instruments & drums, respectively)

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Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

Tuesday, November 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Presented with the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., an associate professor and the chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana, is author of the linked short story collection, Sacred Smokes (UNM Press, 2018), and creative editor for Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. His fiction and photography have been widely published. He is also the editor of The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones (UNM Press,…

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Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

Wednesday, November 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Krystal Languell lives in Chicago, where she works for the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of three books: Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011), Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016), and Quite Apart (University of Akron Press, forthcoming 2019). She was an adjunct in New York City for seven years. Dominique Salas is a native of El Paso, Texas and a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming from Huizache, Bone Bouquet, Apogee, jubilat,…

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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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Concert: Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, December 20
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI.   1st set: Trench—Steve Nelson-Raney (saxophone), Jay Mollerskov (guitar), and Paul Westfahl (drums) 2nd set: Tontine Ensemble—Allen Russell (violin), Molly Lieberman (viola), Pat Reinholz (cello), and Barry Paul Clark (bass)

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Oct 6 October 6 - October 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

readings & workshops
Oct 23 Tuesday, October 23
7:00pm, Open to the public
OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception The panelists will discuss the services their organizations offer, how they…

Read More

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

Join the Urban Echo Poets for a public reading of their work! The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express…

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 are celebrating the release of their collaborative chapbook, Vanishing…

Read More

film & video
Nov 2 Friday, November 2
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

aCinema presents Retour featuring works by Esther Wellejus and Akio Yuguchi You Are Still Somebody’s Someone (2017) Esther Wellejus, 24 min, video Synopsis: You…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 3 November 3 - November 3
2:00pm, $35 GENERAL | $30 WPBC MEMBERS
Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure)

  Think of writing as your free space – that dimension of existence where you are fully you, where      …

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 3 Saturday, November 3
7:00pm, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN
Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez-Pompa

Join us for an evening with elena minor & Paul Martínez-Pompa!   elena minor is the author of TITULADA (Noemi Press, 2014), a…

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readings & workshops
Nov 6 Tuesday, November 6
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

Michael Dowdy is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches poetry and Latinx…

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readings & workshops
Nov 6 Tuesday, November 6
2:00pm, Free & open to the public
Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

Offsite Talk: @ UW–Milwaukee, Curtin Hall 175 Poets, Critics, and the Limits of Literary Citizenship by Michael Dowdy Michael Dowdy is an associate…

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special events
Nov 17 Saturday, November 17
5:00pm, Reception + Program: $80 individual or $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance or $30 door
We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: Woodland Pattern Book Center's 38th Anniversary Gala The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee Please…

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performances
Nov 18 Sunday, November 18
7:00pm, $6 member | $7 student/senior | $8 general
Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15 featuring Josh Berman (cornet), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Didier Petit (cello), & Edward Perraud…

Read More

performances
Nov 22 Thursday, November 22
7:00pm, $6
Concert: 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. Set 1:…

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readings & workshops
Nov 27 Tuesday, November 27
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

Presented with the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., an associate professor and the chair of Native…

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readings & workshops
Nov 28 Wednesday, November 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

Krystal Languell lives in Chicago, where she works for the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of three books: Call…

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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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performances
Dec 20 Thursday, December 20
7:00pm, $6
Concert: 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:…

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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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