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April 2014 -- Milwaukee poets Charles Ries and Stephen Anderson join the Libraries for an evening of poetry.

Portrait of Charles Ries

Monday, April 28 | 4:30 - 6 PM

Charles Ries refers to his work as "a mash-up of the secular and the spiritual, the ordinary and the mystical."

He is a Sheboygan native and University of Wisconsin graduate well-known for his narrative poems and short stories—which have appeared in over two hundred publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association "Jade Ring" for humorous poetry.

Ries is the Senior Director of Development at Marquette University. He is a former board member of Milwaukee's beloved Woodland Pattern Book Center and served as poetry editor for Word Riot, ESC!, and Pass Port Journal.

Special Collections and University Archives holds much of Ries' work, including published poems and short stories, letters, radio interviews, and audio recordings.

Portrait of Stephen Anderson

Monday, April 28 | 4:30 - 6 PM

Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Review, Foundling Review, Verse Wisconsin, Fox Cry Review, Free Verse Brawler as well as in numerous other print and online journals.

Several of Andersonís poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook), and a few of his poems appeared in the poetry collection Portals And Piers (2012).

In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled The Privileged Secrets of the Arch performed by some members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer.

REGISTER HERE by April 24.

Attendees should gather in the lobby of Raynor Library. This event is open to the public. Admission is free. SPACE IS LIMITED! Questions should be addressed to Emily Laws,

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