Milwaukee poet, Pafko author to speak Oct. 25 at library

October 19, 2017

Joe Niese

Two writers, a poet and nonfiction author, are scheduled to speak Wednesday, Oct. 25, during separate events at the University of Wisconsin-Stout library.

From noon to 1 p.m., Joe Niese of Chippewa Falls will discuss his book, “Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story,” in University Archives, room 504A.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., poet Brenda Càrdenas of Milwaukee will speak and give a multimedia presentation of her work in the Fourth Floor Window Gallery.

The University Library is in the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center, 315 10th Ave. E.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Brenda CàrdenasBrenda Càrdenas

Càrdenas is the author of the books of poetry “Boomerang,” 2009, and “From the Tongues of Brick and Stone,” 2005.

Her poems and essays have appeared or will appear in “Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry,” “The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry,” “POETRY,” and the Library of Congress’ “Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers,” among others.

Càrdenas, poet laureate of Milwaukee from 2010 to 2012, teaches creative writing at UW-Milwaukee. She writes in English and Spanish.

She also spoke at UW-Stout in 2016.

The event is part of the Literature Committee Reading Series and is sponsored by the department of English and philosophy; College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences; and the Provost’s Office.

Andy PafkoJoe Niese

The Pafko book reading and discussion, billed as Handy Andy Day in the UW-Stout Archives, will include popcorn and Cracker Jack. See a Facebook posting.

Niese, a UW-Stout alumnus, is the librarian at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.

His biography of Pafko, the Dunn County native from Boyceville, follows his career as a five-time Major League All-Star. Primarily an outfielder and third baseman, Pafko was a fan favorite known for his hustling style of play and versatility as a fielder.

Pafko appeared in four World Series. He played with the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1959 after stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. Teammates during his career included Jackie Robinson and Henry Aaron.

The late Pafko began his minor league career with the Eau Claire Bears in 1940.

Niese previously wrote another biography about a Wisconsin native, “Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer.” Grimes, from Clear Lake, played from 1916 to 1934 and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.



Top: Joe Niese

Middle: Brenda Càrdenas

Bottom: Andy Pafko