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Event Calendar
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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 exhibitions
Nov 13 November 13 - January 31
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

“Sanders has been an astonishing and fertile presence in our cultural and political landscape… But it is Sanders’s poetry, more than anything else he does, that pulls together all the varied strands of his interests to weave them into the body of one of our century’s most coherent poetics.”—Andrei Codrescu

"THE GLYPH HAS ALWAYS been of great importance to me. For me, a Glyph is a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic and poetic intensity. [When I was young I was stunned by the Zen rock garden at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City. The rock gardens of Kyoto, when I studied them later in books, seemed like living hieroglyphs. After I came to New York City in 1958, I again was stunned by the Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum. The hieroglyphs on the tomb walls and in the papyri also seemed almost alive.]

When I was in jail writing Poem from Jail in the summer of 1961, [after attempting to swim out and board a Polaris Submarine as an anti-war protest,] I drew Egyptian hieroglyphic study cards, with the hieroglyph on one side, and the English translation on the back. Later, in the fall of 1961, I studied Egyptian at the New School, and one evening I read John Cage's Silence, in which the line breaks and the placing of multiple columns of lines on the same page seemed "glyphic." After that, my poetic life was never the same. The Glyph -- visual elements in poetry -- came to mean what Matisse was seeking when he sat in his wheel chair with long bladed scissors cutting the paper shapes for his cutouts. I began using Glyphs in my poetry, starting in 1962 up to the present." -- Edward Sanders


Poet, activist, musician, and inventor of musical instruments, Ed Sanders, is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including the bestselling Charles Manson exposé, The Family (Da Capo, 2002); the multi-volume epic poem, America: A History in Verse (Black Sparrow Press); and the American Book Award winning Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems 1961-1985 (Coffee House Press, 2009). In the 1960s, Sanders co-founded the avant-garde rock band the Fugs, opened the Peace Eye Bookstore, and appeared on the cover of Life magazine. From 1962 until 1965, Sanders hand-mimeographed Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts, whose contributors included: Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Diane Wakosi, Ted Berrigan, and Jackson Mac Low. He published the Woodstock Journal from 1995 to 2003. He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, Miriam.