United We Read: Thursday, Feb. 16

The United We Read Student/Faculty Reading Series returns on Thursday, February 16th, 7:00PM at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust St).
Kenzie Allen
Sherri Hoffman
Caleb Nelson
Lane Hall
This event is free & open to the public!

UWM alum finds national literary success with novels

This post, written by Kathy Quirk, originally appeared in the UWM Report on January 20, 2017. René Steinke, who earned her doctorate in English/creative writing from UWM in 1993, is gaining increasing recognition for her novels. This year, she received… Read More

English Department Spring Welcome Reception, Thursday Jan. 26

The English Department is pleased to extend an invitation to undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty. Please join us for the department’s Spring Welcome Reception, which will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 2:00-3:00 in Curtin 368.  Food and light refreshments will be provided.

Calling All Writing Students: We Want Your Feedback!

You can participate in the survey from February 6 – 24, 2017 here.

Your responses are appreciated!

Poetry Recitation Event, Wednesday Nov. 30

As Prof. Kimberly Blaeser’s term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate nears its end, she will be hosting a special Recitation Event in Milwaukee. She has scheduled an evening of performances on Wednesday, November 30th at the Hefter Center (3271 N Lake Dr.), beginning at 7:00 PM.

Attendees are asked to come with a poem by a published poet memorized, and then recite it during the program. The poem must be by a poet other than yourself. However, poets are invited to perform a second poem of their own. Poems in all languages are welcome. If you do recite a poem from another language, please also provide the English translation.

Woodland Pattern Book Center will be on hand to sell books for this event and we will have refreshments, so this will also be an opportunity to promote your publications.

Why memorize? Having poetry at our fingertips—or on our lips—as we go through our daily lives can enrich us in many ways. Recitation was once a common art, one Prof. Blaeser would like to help revive. When we know poems ‘by heart,’ they inhabit us and we them in a particular way. We internalize the images, the ideas, and the poem’s re-seeing of the world, we experience the felt rhythm of the language. The poem becomes another part of the vocabulary with which we can encounter and process our experiences in the world. It becomes a tool of celebration and of survival. Each poem we memorize adds to our intangible wealth.

To help spread the word about poetry, as a part of this ongoing project, recitations are recorded and posted to an interactive map. You can find samples of previous recitations here:


Past recitation events have been easygoing with great audience support. Reminders of specific details will be sent to all who sign up, but for now let me tell you that for the videotape you will introduce yourself and the poem and may also make comments about poetry or your experience with the recitation if you like.

Please contact Prof. Blaeser (kblaeser@uwm.edu), Chuck Stebelton (chucks@woodlandpattern.org) and Soham Patel (patel22@uwm.edu) if you would like to participate in the recitation event. Put “MILWAUKEE RECITATION” in the subject line. Feel free to contact any of the above with any questions you might have.

United We Read, Thursday Nov. 10

The latest installment of United We Read, UWM English’s Student/Faculty reading series, will take place on Thursday, November 10th, 7:00pm, at Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave.)


Ae Hee Lee
Brookes Moody
Ben Turk
George Clark


See you there!

2016 Emmy Nomination for Richard Horowitz

Richard Horowitz, a UWM English Lecturer, has been nominated for a 2016 Chicago-Midwest Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The nomination is in recognition of Horowitz’s weekly commentaries for “InterCHANGE,” MPTV’s recently departed public-affairs show, in… Read More

cream city LIVE! Fall Release Party Friday 10/21

Friday, October 21st, 7:00-9:00pm
Student Union, Fireside Lounge
2200 East Kenwood Blvd

UW-Milwaukee’s own cream city review is excited announce its cream city LIVE! event, featuring readings by three distinguished authors:

TIMOTHY YU is the author of the poetry collection 100 Chinese Silences, out now from Les Figues Press, as well as the chapbooks Fifteen Chinese Silences and Journey to the West. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, Mantis, Poetry and SHAMPOO. He teaches English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://www.timpanyu.com/

JENNY JOHNSON is the author of the poetry collection In Full Velvet, forthcoming from Sarabande Books. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, New England Review, and Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics. She teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. http://www.jennyjohnsonpoet.com/

RACHEL KINCAID is the Senior Editor at autostraddle.com. Her work has appeared in The Awl, Chariton Review, Jezebel, Strange Horizons, The Wide Net and Writer’s Digest. She currently lives in Milwaukee.http://rachel-kincaid.com/

Look for the upcoming release cream city review Fall Issue 40.2!

Jay Wright Poetry Reading at Marquette, October 25

Jay Wright, a prominent African American poet and playwright will visit Marquette University this October. He will deliver a poetry reading on October 25, taking place at 3:30pm in Weasler Auditorium. This public event is open to all students, faculty and the public.

Wright’s visit is funded by a grant from the Rojtman Foundation and is aimed especially at engaging students, faculty, and the Greater Milwaukee Community in participating in his visit to Marquette. He has been recognized worldwide as a leading poet and playwright. His interest in multiple cultural language structures in his work may be of special interest.

Save the Date: Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe, Sept 29th-30th @ UWM

Mark your calendars for a special series of events with Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Laura Tohe, sponsored by the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative (MNALC).
Code Talker Stories: A Conversation with Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
Thursday, September 29th @ 12:00pm in Union 191
Poetry Reading: Laura Tohe
Thursday, September 29th @ 7:00pm hosted by Woodland Pattern Book Center
Craft Talk w/ Laura Tohe
Friday, September 30th @ 11:00am in Greene Hall
Laura Tohe is a scholar and poet. She is the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate and a professor of English at Arizona State University. She has published numerous poems, stories, essays, and interviews, including the 2001 essay, “There Is No Word for Feminism in My Language.” Her book publications include, Code Talker Stories (2012), Tseyi, Deep in the Rock (2005)and a co-edited collection with Heid Erdrich, Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community (2002).
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