• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

special events
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27


readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
Oct 2 Wednesday, October 2
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection of poetry is From Nature (Cuneiform Press, 2019). Recent work has appeared at Across the Margin and at SFMOMA’s Open Space and in The Equalizer, The Delineator, and Hambone. The Spoonlight Institute was published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has lived in the Bay Area since the 1970s. He produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s memoir, Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, was published by City Lights in 2016. More information is at The Electronic Poetry Center.

Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas (a place, and a real contradiction). In college he became aware of William Carlos Williams, but his real education in poetry began when he was hired by Tom Montag and Karl Young in 1976 to manage their small press poetry bookstore, Book, Inc. During his employment interview Montag suggested he should read Lorine Niedecker; which he did, promptly. This was life changing, opening the live tradition of poetry in the mid twentieth century to the present. Without this, he would never have developed as a reader and writer.

In 1979 he cofounded, with Anne Kingsbury and Karl Young, the Woodland Pattern Book Center. Through Book, Inc. and Woodland Pattern he became friends with Paul Metcalf, Dick Higgins, Thomas A. Clark, Walter Hamady, Jenny Penberthy, Kathy Kuehn and many others. With Kingsbury and Penberthy, he organized the 2003 Lorine Niedecker Centenary celebration in Milwaukee and Ft. Atkinson.

In 2008 Tom Montag published Gartung’s first book of poetry, Now That Memory Has Become So Important. This was a selection of work from 1969 through 2008, as much as he thought durable, not a lengthy volume.