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readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Featured Upcoming Events

Reading: Toni Jensen

Wednesday, April 25
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

*Toni Jensen's Craft Talk "Carry: Violence, Land, and Indigenous Women's Stories" will be held at the UWM Library Special Collections at 2pm. Reading at Woodland Pattern at 7pm. *Supported by an award from the William F. Vilas Trust Estate. Co-sponsored by Woodland Pattern Book Center and Special Collections, UWM Libraries. Toni Jensen’s first story collection is From the Hilltop. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from…

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Four Milwaukee Poets

Thursday, April 26
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price  Organized by Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Roberto Harrison Annie Grizzle is a multimedia artist interested in the nonsensical intersection between the mappable and the abstract. Her aim is not to control a medium, but to create a disorienting space in which to discover and test its limits. More of her work can be found on her website: cargocollective.com/AnnieGrizzle Sam Pekarske is a Milwaukee native that doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime…

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Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

Saturday, April 28
6:00pm, Open to the public!

Please join us as we watch a live streamed reading of Louise Erdrich! Louise Erdrich will be part of the Native American Literary Feast and Festival at LCO-OCC. The festival will include readings by b:william bearhart, Kim Blaeser, Heid Erdrich, and Roberta Hill (from 2-4 PM), drumming (from 4-4:30), Prayer and Feast (from 4:30-6), and concluding with the reading by Louise Erdrich (6-7:30). If you can't make it to the festival, join us at Woodland Pattern! (More information about the festival http://wisconsinreads.org/rice-lake/ About Wisconsin Reads: Wisconsin Reads…

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Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

Wednesday, May 2
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Rena Priest is a poet and concerned citizen. Her first book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press in May of 2017. She is presently working on a new collection of poems and a novel. Her work has appeared in the anthologies, Nine Lives Later, and Noisy Waters, as well as in literary journals and mixed media exhibits. She has been a featured reader in the Distinguished Writers Series in Tacoma, and the Perfect Sense reading series in New York…

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Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

Wednesday, May 2
2:00pm, Open to the public!

Indigenous Re-Identification: Cross-Genre Autobiographies Denise Low will discuss self identity in storytelling found in a ledger art example, work of Leslie Marmon Silko, Thomas Weso's Good Seeds: A Menominee Food Memoir, and her own Turtle's Beating Heart: A Lenape Story of Survival.   at UWM Library Special Collections, 4th floor   Made possible with generous support from:   

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Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

Thursday, May 10
6:00pm, Open to the public!

More details coming soon.

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ACL presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

Sunday, May 13
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

This edition of The Bridge arrives in Milwaukee in a very concentrated formation, the remarkable long-standing duo of Joe McPhee and Daunik Lazro. Daunik Lazro - saxophones Joe McPhee - saxophones and trumpet “It is through open improvisation that music occurs, welcoming lyricism as much as abstraction, the pulse that can neighbor silence, expressionism, or dream.” - Daunik Lazro The French saxophonist Daunik Lazro combines a tart, piercing tone with a quick mind, and flexible philosophy of music-making. In the ’80s he played with…

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Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Noel Pabillo Mariano

Wednesday, May 16
8:00pm, Pay What You Can

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Noel Pabillo Mariano's Dispatches from the Mushroom Kingdom (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016) as part of Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series, a reading and discussion series celebrating chapbooks by midwest-based Kundiman fellows organized by Soham Patel. Noel Pabillo Mariano is a storyteller & community arts activist. They’re the editor of the anthology Press Start & Game On: Voices On Gaming and the author of the chapbooks, A Girl Named Hemingway (Eight…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, May 17
7:00pm, $6.00 ticket

Details coming soon...

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Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Thursday, May 24
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Details coming soon...

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ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Sunday, June 3
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Alternating Currents Live presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity with guest soloists Rick Aaron - flute Marielle Allschwang - guitar Jon Mueller - percussion Steve Nelson-Raney - saxophone     “City of Vorticity” is a constantly changing electronic sound environment composed by Tom Hamilton with a constantly changing sequence of improvising soloists who interact with the electronic sound. “City of Vorticity” was first presented at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY, as part of their Interpretations series and subsequently presented at the 2016 Sound Symposium festival in St. John’s…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 25 Wednesday, April 25
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Reading: Toni Jensen

*Toni Jensen's Craft Talk "Carry: Violence, Land, and Indigenous Women's Stories" will be held at the UWM Library Special Collections at 2pm. Reading…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 26 Thursday, April 26
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Four Milwaukee Poets

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price  Organized by Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Roberto Harrison Annie Grizzle…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 28 Saturday, April 28
6:00pm, Open to the public!
Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

Please join us as we watch a live streamed reading of Louise Erdrich! Louise Erdrich will be part of the Native American Literary…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 2 Wednesday, May 2
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

Rena Priest is a poet and concerned citizen. Her first book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press in May…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 2 Wednesday, May 2
2:00pm, Open to the public!
Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

Indigenous Re-Identification: Cross-Genre Autobiographies Denise Low will discuss self identity in storytelling found in a ledger art example, work of Leslie…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 10 Thursday, May 10
6:00pm, Open to the public!
Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

More details coming soon.

Read More

performances
May 13 Sunday, May 13
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
ACL presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

This edition of The Bridge arrives in Milwaukee in a very concentrated formation, the remarkable long-standing duo of Joe McPhee…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 16 Wednesday, May 16
8:00pm, Pay What You Can
Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Noel Pabillo Mariano

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Noel Pabillo Mariano's Dispatches from the Mushroom Kingdom (Hyacinth…

Read More

performances
May 17 Thursday, May 17
7:00pm, $6.00 ticket
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Details coming soon...

Read More

readings & workshops
May 24 Thursday, May 24
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Details coming soon...

Read More

performances
Jun 3 Sunday, June 3
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Alternating Currents Live presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity with guest soloists Rick Aaron - flute Marielle Allschwang - guitar Jon Mueller -…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing Anthology
  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


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Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing by Anthology

Small Press

Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing is a poetry chapbook anthology project to honor all who participated in Milwaukee's 1967-68 open housing marches and to envision and help build the inclusive community we need. Inclusive of a range of poets and poetic styles, the chapbook serves as a metaphor for the inclusive neighborhoods we value and seek to build.

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