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Event Calendar
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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

Donald Wellman

Donald Wellman lives in Weare NH. His books of poetry include The Cranberry Island Series (Dos Madres 2012), A North Atlantic Wall (Dos Madres, 2010), Prolog Pages (Ahadada, 2009), and Fields (Light and Dust, 1995). He edited O.ARS, a series of anthologies, including Coherence, Perception, and Translations: Experiments in Reading. His books of poetry in translation include Enclosed Garden, Emilio Prados (Lavender Ink / Diálogos 2013) and two books by Antonio Gamoneda, Gravestones (University of New Orleans Press 2009) and Description of the Lie (Talisman House 2013). He also contributed to The Alteration of Silences: Recent Chilean Poetry. He translates from German, French and Spanish.

Selected Poems

Possibilities

It alters timbre and signature.

I asked a friend about musical architecture,
the sounds that articulate spatial presence.
I asked about dance
and how it might be coded.
Sketches of Balinese legong:
rigid spines and fluid hand signs.

Gray gooseberries grow on that shore
There are two sopranos
who play the role of Christ
as they climb the night sky.