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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
February 22

Poetry Reading: Max Garland

readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Lewis 

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Sep 25 Sunday, September 25
2:00pm, FREE

We hope you’ll join us for a celebration of new poetry releases - Michael O’Leary’s Reception and Peter O’Leary’s The Sampo, both from The Cultural Society; and "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkinsby Amy Evans, from Salient Seedling Press in conjunction with Woodland Pattern Book Center.



Born and raised in suburban Detroit, Michael O’Leary studied classics in college and received a PhD in civil and materials engineering. A founding editor of both LVNG and Flood Editions, he works as a structural engineer in the nuclear power industry and lives with his family in Chicago. He is the author of Reception (The Cultural Society, 2016).




Peter O’Leary was born in 1968 in Detroit, where he was educated by the LaSallean Christian Brothers. He studied literatureand religion at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four previous books of poetry, as well as two books of literary criticism, including Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he edits Verge Books.


Amy Evans is a poet and singer based in London. She is the author of the chapbooks CONT. (Shearman, 2015), The Sea Quells (Shearsman, 2013) and Collecting Shells (Oystercatcher, 2011), and the co-author of VierSomes 001 (Veer, 2012). Her montages and poems have been widely published and anthologized. She co-edited The Unruly Garden: Robert Duncan and Eric Mottram, Letters and Essays (Peter Lang, 2007). Her forthcoming poetry installation SOUND((ING))S takes place at sea in the English Channel. Her broadside "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" is due out soon with Salient Seedling Press in conjunction with the Woodland Pattern Book Center. She teaches at the University of Kent, UK.




Three years into my dissipation

I heard von Hempel’s hale hello

and accepted his invitation

to hash the Natural Man of Rousseau

over shirred eggs baked in ramekins.

A summer of Huckleberry Finn

had left him restless for a new

adventure and without ado

he asked me to draft his Reflections on

the Revolution in Finance.

With cake in hand, I seized the chance

to write the wrongs of my diction on

another’s name and still get paid

to cast myself as falsely played.


—Michael O’Leary


from the sampo


Väinämöinen. Earth’s ward. Feeling it. Earth’s ancient aura.


outward. Rushing toward the headland.

Suomi. His homeland.


Pieces of the Sampo. Gathering them from the lakeshore.

From the margin of the sand.

The Sampo’s sacronymic amanite lid. In fragments.

Treating them as seeds. Cryptogams.

In the soil of the jutting headland. Making furrows. With his

sword. Wrought for him by Ilmarinen.

Morning mist perfuming him. In an aerosol

of light. Shaking the seeds of the Sampo like spores of

dusky weather over the patterns of trenches in the open earth

he’s made. Everywhere plumes of shook dust.


Then calling out. To the sky woven in cloud. A final prayer.

“Maker of weather. Maker of earth.

Let us live in Suomi

in argentious Karelia.

God’s trance-hour stretched out before us

the wiles of sorcerous hags wither in.

The schemes of men unwind in.

The spells of water-sorcerers diffuse in.


Against earth envy. Protect us.

Shining midnight sun.

Beaming aestival moon.

Eastern ceaseless winds the summer rain chases:

these ward from frost, from evil brumal weather

cursed down on us from the lasting

lightless north.


A harvest and a refuge. These we’ll make. From light

the moon draws its equinoctial silver from.

And the mesh of tendrils the Sampo draws down

into fertile shadow with





—Peter O’Leary




from CONT.


May days:         

when                  s inking


there are            ap/proved sounds  

sum                    un/natural     


dis Content         with what is contained

(in a vessel,        book, law etc.)


La [6 out of every 8] meant that


while water [4      5ths] is

                            common s  +  represents


flow of space

people                 don’t float            


between               borders                

                            nor in accordance


with stock            market                   

                                                ~         buoyancy


Triton                   g/rows




Silence                profits the




berried under


-tow                      ≈ I Will


not be                   $


wept                     a way

—Amy Evans