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Event Calendar
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performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived readings & workshops
Sep 16 Wednesday, September 16
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Join us to celebrate the publication of Brittany Cavallaro's Girl-King (University of Akron, 2015) and Cynthia Marie Hoffman'Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014)


Brittany Cavallaro's first poetry collection, Girl-King, was published by the University of Akron Press in January 2015. Individual poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Tin House and the Best New Poets anthology, among others. No Girls No Telephones, a chapbook co-written with Rebecca Hazelton, is now available from Black Lawrence Press. Cavallaro’s awards include scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. In addition, Cavallaro’s young adult novel, A Study in Charlotte, is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in winter 2016, with sequels to follow in 2017 and 2018.  

 

 

 

Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014) and Sightseer (Persea Books, 2011)—winner of the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume (Gold Line Press, 2014). Hoffman is a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Fence, Blackbird, diode, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She co-edits the online interview series on poetry project books, The Cloudy House. Visit Cynthia online.

 


 

GIRL-KING

 

City where no one is from, city

that billows like the tumescent

moon, city that closes down

when the girl arrives with her bags

and her ragged diadem and all

her men. She announces herself

to the deciding park and the main gates

close. She shows her mother’s brooch

and the main gates close, they cry

and they close, they’ve rusted. She isn’t

the first. Her men attend,

they paint themselves & they press

those paintings on her, their books

explain the beginning, those waves.

The structures that wavered when

the moon came down. She has no

new reasons to send them away

& the city is hers, it wears her name

underneath, always, it won’t protest –

she is terrible in her rule.

 

                              —Brittany Cavallaro


 

 

The Paper Doll Fetus Speaks to the Viable Twin in Utero

 

Days, a week, or two weeks passed before I discerned I was dying

and the things which were to be my eyes shriveled up like pricked balloons.

It is always night in here. I cannot know if it is you, though something

is wringing out my heart (what was to be my heart) my tongue my skin

is being ground to a pulp. There was not enough time to rehearse a graceful pose

before I was wedged against the wall. I am splayed like a weather vane.

Your head is enormous. When did it happen that I am no bigger than your footprint?

I am becoming a scrap of parchment on which is scrawled my flattened waxy face.

Unfold me. You will find a tiny skeleton stirred into the paper. I am a letter

to you, and it says if you held me up to the wind I would flutter away. At times

in the future you will feel that something has been lost but you will not remember

what it is. No one understands why this is happening. Look at me, you know me

better than anyone. I am not angry.

        

                              —Cynthia Marie Hoffman

                            Reprinted from Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014). Originally appeared in Fence.