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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

performances
December 21

Formation Series: Trench & Tontine Ensemble

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Featured Upcoming Events

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

December 15 - January 28
6:00pm, FREE

  Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon Friday, December 15, 2017 through Sunday, January 28, 2017   Opening reception: Friday, December 15 | 6-9 PM | FREE reading & gallery talk starting at 7 PM   Join us for an exhibition of textile works by poet, scholar, and visual artist Maria Damon. Damon will give a gallery talk & reading at the opening reception on Friday, December 15.   See more of Damon's work here & here.  Poet, scholar, and visual artist Maria Damon teaches Humanities and Media Studies at…

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Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Thursday, December 21
7:00pm, $6.00

Set 1 Trench Jay Mollerskov - guitar Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano sax Paul Westfahl - drums   Set 2 Tontine Ensemble Allen Russell - violin Molly Lieberman - viola Pat Reinholz - cello Barry Paul Clark - bass

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24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

January 27 - January 28
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of poets, writers, and lovers of the arts who set up camp at the book center and indulge in 15 hours of literary revelry. The Poetry Marathon is a community fundraiser where readers find sponsors to pledge a minimum total of $35 on their behalf. All of the money raised supports Woodland Pattern’s 2018 programming in literature and the arts.   Reader registration…

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Legacy Fund


Announcing the retirement of Anne Kingsbury as a Founding Executive Director on March 30, 2018. Help sustain Anne & Karl's vision of a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.

Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Dec 15 December 15 - January 28
6:00pm, FREE
Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

  Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon Friday, December 15, 2017 through Sunday, January 28, 2017   Opening reception: Friday, December 15 |…

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performances
Dec 21 Thursday, December 21
7:00pm, $6.00
Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Set 1 Trench Jay Mollerskov - guitar Steve Nelson-Raney - soprano sax Paul Westfahl - drums   Set 2 Tontine Ensemble Allen Russell - violin Molly Lieberman - viola Pat…

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special events
Jan 27 January 27 - January 28
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more
24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

  It’s time once again for our day-long celebration of poetry and performance in Milwaukee and beyond. Join the hundreds of…

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New Arrivals

Small Press from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline
  A Swarm of Bees in High Court Tonya M. Foster


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So What by Franklin K.R. Cline

Small Press

"Franklin K. R. Cline is a unique, new voice in Native American poetry. His personal and confessional poems celebrate everyday life in all its raw, domestic, and intimate dimensions. Love and sex, beer and buffalo wings, sports and television, the weather and Milwaukee, all appear within memorable lyric and prose poems. In the end, this work reaches to reclaim everything that has been stolen by America: the land, the sky, the rhythms of our humanity." --Craig Santos Perez

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