The Milwaukee Anthology
Edited by Justin Kern
April 9, 2019
Part of Belt’s City Anthology Series. “[A] mosaic of a book.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Milwaukee Anthology is a book about hope and hurt in one of America's toughest zip codes. In the essays, narratives, poems, and art included here, you won’t find Summerfest or Laverne and Shirley, but you will find honest first-hand stories about Riverwest, Sherman Park, Hmong New Year's shows, 7 Mile Fair, and the Rolling Mill commemoration. Edited by Justin Kern, and with more than 50 contributors including Dasha Kelly, Pardeep Kaleka, and Michael Perry, this collection includes stories about:
- Redlining in the city
- Painting a community mural in Sherman Park
- Reflections after the Oak Creek Sikh Temple Shooting
- The city’s upstart microbrewing industry
- The rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks
It's an anthology about a place on the lake that can make you say “yes” and wonder “why” in the same thought. A place that’s both a big town and small city, run down and redeveloped, tararrel and terror.
A collection that shows the Cream City is much weirder and more wonderful than you may think it is.
Praise for The Milwaukee Anthology
"The Milwaukee Anthology shines brightest when contemplating Milwaukee’s borderlands, energetic communities that defy the city’s stolid reputation. ... The Milwaukee revealed in this anthology is a complex, vibrant place, a counterpoint to the stale typecasting in too much of our state’s public discourse." -- Alexander Shashko, Wisconsin People & Ideas
Justin Kern is a nonprofit communications person and nonfiction writer who lives in Milwaukee with his wife and cats. His words have been published in three Belt anthologies as well as Utne Reader, Great Lakes Review, Buffalo Spree, Forth, Milwaukee Record, Longshot Island and daily newspapers in Wisconsin and western New York. He's a proud uncle, lifelong amateur musician, and decent horseshoe pitcher.
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