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  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
April 1 - May 8

LocuStLed {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

exhibitions
April 8 - May 8

Signments works by Jeffry Chiplis {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

film & video
May 6

 Microlghts: Like a monumental mistake: works by ana vaz & kin

exhibitions
May 6 -6

Exhibition Closing: Signments: Works by Jeffry Chiplis

readings & workshops
May 7

Book Release: Chris Martin & Mary Austin Speaker

performances
May 8

Alternating Currents Live presents The Transatlantic Bridge 12

readings & workshops
May 10 -10

First Impressions: A Reading by UWM Undergraduate Writers

special events
May 12

Lorine Niedecker Birthday Celebration with David Wilk & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
May 15

Book Release: Barbara Wuest & Suzanne Scanlon

performances
May 19

Formations presents Pat Reinholtz & Once Now Ensemble

exhibitions
May 27 - Aug 28

Between a Portrait and its Other {guest curated by Debra Brehmer}

readings & workshops
June 2

Book Release: Timothy Yu & Mike Hauser

performances
June 5

Alternating Currents Live presents Russ Johnson Trio

readings & workshops
June 5

Reading: Ed Roberson

readings & workshops
June 7 -10

Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu) with Ed Roberson

Featured Upcoming Events

LocuStLed {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

April 1 - May 8
6:00pm, FREE

Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 8 Opens Friday, April 1 at 6 PM    Paul Druecke & Jeffry Chiplis will be in attendance for the April 8 opening & reception for  Signments: Works by Jeffry Chiplis   Join us then for a reception and celebration of both installations!   LocuStLed displays messages from a curated selection of individuals via a vintage-style LED sign in the window of the Woodland Pattern Book Center. For five weeks beginning late-March, the project will publicize messages from approximately forty people. Contributors…

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Signments works by Jeffry Chiplis {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

April 8 - May 8
6:00pm, FREE

Woodland Pattern Book Center & Guest Curator Paul Druecke are pleased to present SIGNMENTS works by neon & argon artist, Jeffry Chiplis   “Each [of Chiplis’ pieces] is an enigmatic example of the decay and recovery of meaning, and the crisscrossing ambiguities of language, symbol, form and function… [with a] Dadaist’s attraction to the inherent beauty and semiotic potential of fragmentary remains, things that time or economic vicissitudes have exiled from their original purpose.” —Douglas Max Utter, from Jeffry Chiplis: This is Not…

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Microlghts: Like a monumental mistake: works by ana vaz & kin

Friday, May 6
7:00pm, $5

Microlights Cinema serves as a venue for screening experimental, underground, avant-garde, aprés-garde, and otherwise strange, beautiful, and unusual film//video works.   Included in this program are films by Ana Vaz and her colleagues, comrades, and conspirators whose work swirls with her own in a web of shared aesthetic & political trajectories.    "instead of an  I eye many eyes crossing at the symbolic nexus between the east  and the south between the mouth and the cave the hole  and the shadow these films bring together films of an I and films of other kin I-eyes who i have had the fortune…

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Exhibition Closing: Signments: Works by Jeffry Chiplis

May 6 - May 6
5:00pm, FREE

  Join us for happy hour at Woodland Pattern to celebrate the closing of Jeffry Chiplis’ exhibition, Signments. Grab a drink from Bermuda Triangle, Sara Caron’s traveling bar, while enjoying a DJ set by Richard Galling followed by music from Warhola Cats (Elisabeth Albeck, Sarah Gail Luther, and Nicholas Frank).   The reception will run from 5-6:30 PM.   The evening will conclude with a Microlights Cinema screening of works by Ana Vaz (who will be in attendance!). The screening will begin at 7 PM. 

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Book Release: Chris Martin & Mary Austin Speaker

Saturday, May 7
7:00pm, FREE

  Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011), and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) chosen by C. D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He’s been a writer-in-residence at the Minnesota History Center's Gale Library, a Bartos Fellow at United World College, and a reader-in-residence at the South Minneapolis Society Library, where he now helps edit the expandable publishing platform Society. In 2015 he co-founded Unrestricted Interest, a consultancy and writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of autistic…

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Alternating Currents Live presents The Transatlantic Bridge 12

Sunday, May 8
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Alternating Currents Live presents The Transatlantic Bridge 12   featuring David Boykin - reeds Lionel Garcin - reeds Nicole Mitchell - flute Christian Pruvost - trumpet Christophe Rocher - clarinet, bass clarinet   We welcome the return of Nicole Mitchell and David Boykin to Alternating Currents Live at Woodland Pattern, for this adventure joined by new friends Christophe Rocher, Christian Pruvost, and Lionel Garcin.   “Five times over, for this twelfth Transatlantic Bridge: Nicole Mitchell and her flute arrows, the bubbling lava of Christophe Rocher’s clarinets, David Boykin’s avalanche saxophones and…

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First Impressions: A Reading by UWM Undergraduate Writers

May 10 - May 10
2:00pm, FREE

  Join us for a reading by UWM creative writing students. Franklin KR Cline, poet & Woodland Pattern board member, will host students in his creative writing class as they present works written during the Spring 2016 semester. 

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Reading: Ed Roberson

Sunday, June 5
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE for participants in Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode Byobu)

Join us as Ed Roberson give a poetry reading to kick off his residency at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.     As Woodland Pattern & Lynden Sculpture Garden Writer-In-Residence, Ed Roberson will conduct a 4-day intensive writing workshop from Tuesday, June 7 through Friday, June 10. Sessions will run from 1-4 PM daily at Lynden. More information here, or call 414-263-5001.    Ed Roberson is the author of ten books of poetry including a chapbook, Closest Pronunciation (Drinking Gourd Series, Northwestern University Press). His most recent book, To See…

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Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode Byobu) with Ed Roberson

June 7 - June 10
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

Join us at Lynden Sculpture Garden for an intensive workshop with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson!  Workshop Registration General $200.00 USDMember of WPBC/Lynden $185.00 USD Fee: $200 | $185 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only). To register by phone, call 414-263-5001.    Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu) is an intensive workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson.The residency will begin with a reading by Ed Roberson at Woodland Pattern on June 5 at 2 pm, and will culminate in…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Apr 1 April 1 - May 8
6:00pm, FREE
LocuStLed {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

Friday, April 1 through Sunday, May 8 Opens Friday, April 1 at 6 PM    Paul Druecke & Jeffry Chiplis will be in…

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exhibitions
Apr 8 April 8 - May 8
6:00pm, FREE
Signments works by Jeffry Chiplis {guest curated by Paul Druecke}

Woodland Pattern Book Center & Guest Curator Paul Druecke are pleased to present SIGNMENTS works by neon & argon artist,…

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film & video
May 6 Friday, May 6
7:00pm, $5
Microlghts: Like a monumental mistake: works by ana vaz & kin

Microlights Cinema serves as a venue for screening experimental, underground, avant-garde, aprés-garde, and otherwise strange, beautiful, and unusual film//video works.   Included…

Read More

exhibitions
May 6 May 6 - May 6
5:00pm, FREE
Exhibition Closing: Signments: Works by Jeffry Chiplis

  Join us for happy hour at Woodland Pattern to celebrate the closing of Jeffry Chiplis’ exhibition, Signments. Grab a drink…

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readings & workshops
May 7 Saturday, May 7
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: Chris Martin & Mary Austin Speaker

  Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011), and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) chosen by…

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performances
May 8 Sunday, May 8
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Alternating Currents Live presents The Transatlantic Bridge 12

Alternating Currents Live presents The Transatlantic Bridge 12   featuring David Boykin - reeds Lionel Garcin - reeds Nicole Mitchell - flute Christian Pruvost - trumpet Christophe…

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readings & workshops
May 10 May 10 - May 10
2:00pm, FREE
First Impressions: A Reading by UWM Undergraduate Writers

  Join us for a reading by UWM creative writing students. Franklin KR Cline, poet & Woodland Pattern board member, will…

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readings & workshops
Jun 5 Sunday, June 5
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE for participants in Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode Byobu)
Reading: Ed Roberson

Join us as Ed Roberson give a poetry reading to kick off his residency at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.     As…

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readings & workshops
Jun 7 June 7 - June 10
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden
Whose Sleeves? (Tagasode Byobu) with Ed Roberson

Join us at Lynden Sculpture Garden for an intensive workshop with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson!  Workshop Registration General $200.00 USDMember of WPBC/Lynden…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Re: Re: Re: Essays and Drawings Thomas Gaudynski
  Cries for Justice Art Night Books
  Can I Come Over to Your House? Poor Farm Press
  Ten Control Mills Joshua David Lickteig
  Thief in the Interior Phillip B. Williams
  I Must Be Living Twice Eileen Myles


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Re: Re: Re: Essays and Drawings by Thomas Gaudynski

Small Press

"Thomas Gaudynski's witty, deeply personal essays convey his lifelong passion for experimental poetry, music, and art. With contagious enthusiasm and a gift for clear exposition, Gaudynski offers fresh insights for his fellow devotees and inspires the rest of us to catch up on the fun. Read, learn, and enjoy." –Jody Clowes, Director James Watrous Gallery.

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