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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

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

Featured Upcoming Events

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

Friday, February 23
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books), Different Worlds (Troll Thread), and several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures (Perfect Lovers). Recent writing ​has appeared or is ​forthcoming ​in BathHouse Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Jacket2, and ​Supplement. She lives in Brooklyn and hosts the Tenderness Junction on WFMU. Roberto Harrison is the author of Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), culebra (Green Lantern Press, 2016), Bridge of the World (Litmus, 2017), Yaviza (Atelos, 2017),…

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RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

Saturday, February 24
6:00pm, $5 ticket

Genre: Urban Arts - No.3 Release Programmed reception for the release of No.3 Eli $tones - Master of Ceremony Kevin Boatright, Jaelen Isis, The Chicago Lago - Artists K-Stamp feat. Precaution - Music Intro and Artist Talks starts at 7pm Spoken Word starts at 7:50pm and Open Mic from 8:25pm-9pm "Genre: Urban Arts is seeking to promote a renaissance. Genre: Urban Arts is designed to supports the Arts through digital and print publication. By highlighting urban creatives, we act as a support to those in urbanity who create now. In addition…

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Big Read Kickoff Reading with Kimberly Blaeser

Thursday, March 1
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Join us for the kickoff event of Wisconsin Reads The Round House with Kimberly Blaeser From wisconsinreads.org "Louise Erdrich’s The Round House explores cultural differences and divisions we see within Wisconsin communities, as well as efforts to close those gaps. Capturing the story of a 13-year-old Chippewa boy, Joe Coutts, who witnesses the trauma of a sexual assault on his mother, the vision of Wisconsin Reads The Round House is to provide diverse audiences access to an important story of how sexual assault impacts a…

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aCinema Screening

Friday, March 2
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

Details coming soon...

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Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

Wednesday, March 7
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Details coming soon...

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Poetry Reading: Jenny Benjamin & Ed Block

Thursday, March 8
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

A reading in celebration of new publications: Jenny Benjamin’s More Than a Box of Crayons and Ed Block’s Seasons of Change, both from Finishing Line Press. Jenny Benjamin is the owner of her freelance writing business JB Communications, LLC. Over thirty of her poems have appeared in journals, including DIAGRAM, Fulcrum, Chelsea, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her first novel, This Most Amazing, was published in 2013 by Armida Books in Nicosia, Cyprus. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her three…

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Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra reading from Demons Off

Wednesday, March 14
8:00pm, Pay What You Can

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Suman Chhabra's Demons Off (Meekling Press). The reading is part of the Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series, a reading and discussion series celebrating chapbooks by midwest-based Kundiman fellows. Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series is organized by Soham Patel. Suman Chhabra is a multigenre writer and cellist. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chhabra is the author…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, March 15
7:00pm, $6.00 ticket

PaVda & the duo of Steve Nelson-Raney and Jack Grassel.

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Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body

Saturday, March 17
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

As part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body - the Poetry Coalition’s second annual programming initiative on a theme of social importance - Woodland Pattern is pleased to host a reading with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jay Besemer, and Jose-Luis Moctezuma. The reading was organized by Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Roberto Harrison. Event-specific print pieces featuring work by Nikki, Jay, and Jose-Luis will be available courtesy of Oxeye Press. Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in The Nation,…

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Community Conversation About The Round House with Jeremy Carnes & Shanae Aurora

Thursday, March 22
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Join us for Community Conversation About The Round House with Jeremy Carnes & Shanae Aurora! "Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read is a project of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges’ students, faculty, and staff to bring communities around the state together to discuss Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.  Written in the voice of a thirteen-year-old boy named Joe, whose mother has been brutally raped, the novel explores the impact of the rape on family members and the…

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Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

Wednesday, March 28
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui teaches for the MFA in Creative…

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aCinema Screening

Friday, April 6
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

Details coming soon...

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Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

Wednesday, April 11
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Details coming soon... Also more information regarding the FREE Craft Talk with Luci Tapahonso at UWM on Thursday, April 12 coming soon.

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Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Lo Kwa Mei-en reading from Two Tales

Saturday, April 14
8:00pm, Pay What You Can

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Lo Kwa Mei-en's Two Tales (Bloom Books) as part of Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Reading Series, a reading and discussion series celebrating chapbooks by midwest-based Kundiman fellows organized by Soham Patel. Lo Kwa Mei-en is a poet from Singapore and Ohio. Her first book, Yearling, won the 2013 Kundiman Poetry Prize and is available from Alice James Books. The Bees Make Money in the Lion, a new book of poems, won…

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Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison at the Brown Deer Public Library

Tuesday, April 17
4:00pm, No charge and open to the public

Please join us at the Brown Deer Public Library for a poetry reading and conversation with Milwaukee's Poet Laureate, Roberto Harrison!

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Musical Performance: Alash Ensemble

Thursday, April 19
7:00pm, $15 ticket

Please join us for a performance by Alash Ensemble! "Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style…

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Opening Reception for Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

Saturday, April 21
6:00pm, Pay What You Can

Please join us for the opening reception of Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker  On view through Sunday, June 3rd. Renee Baker Artist Statement: My works are dark recitatives that speak directly to the frazzled sort of lives we lead today. Always looking for meaning, but also searching for ways to peek, to be different , to be noticed. As a disruptive recontextualist, I present work that I hope will challenge the way you think about the way you see the world,…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Renee Baker Quartet

Sunday, April 22
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Please join us for Alternating Currents Live with Renee Baker! Renee Baker Composer Statement: "My compositions result in concert experiences that attract a traveled palate. My vision for contemporary music as well as jazz and other new music genres conjures more traditional associations at times. CMOP provides inspired revelations with every concert but there will always be the occasional bite. My compositions, both traditional and non, exist on the fringe. I thrill to bring these blossoms to the nose as a treat…

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Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

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

Details coming soon... Craft Talk: Layli Long Soldier @ UWM Library Special Collections, 4th floor. Thursday, May 3 | time TBD | FREE

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Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge: a transatlantic network for creative music

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

Details coming soon...

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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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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Feb 23 Friday, February 23
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books), Different Worlds (Troll Thread), and several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures…

Read More

readings & workshops
Feb 24 Saturday, February 24
6:00pm, $5 ticket
RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

Genre: Urban Arts - No.3 Release Programmed reception for the release of No.3 Eli $tones - Master of Ceremony Kevin Boatright, Jaelen Isis, The Chicago…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 1 Thursday, March 1
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Big Read Kickoff Reading with Kimberly Blaeser

Join us for the kickoff event of Wisconsin Reads The Round House with Kimberly Blaeser From wisconsinreads.org "Louise Erdrich’s The Round House explores…

Read More

film & video
Mar 2 Friday, March 2
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema Screening

Details coming soon...

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readings & workshops
Mar 7 Wednesday, March 7
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

Details coming soon...

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 8 Thursday, March 8
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Poetry Reading: Jenny Benjamin & Ed Block

A reading in celebration of new publications: Jenny Benjamin’s More Than a Box of Crayons and Ed Block’s Seasons of…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 14 Wednesday, March 14
8:00pm, Pay What You Can
Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra reading from Demons Off

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Suman Chhabra's Demons Off (Meekling Press). The reading is part…

Read More

performances
Mar 15 Thursday, March 15
7:00pm, $6.00 ticket
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

PaVda & the duo of Steve Nelson-Raney and Jack Grassel.

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 17 Saturday, March 17
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body

As part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body - the Poetry Coalition’s second annual…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 22 Thursday, March 22
7:00pm, Pay What You Can
Community Conversation About The Round House with Jeremy Carnes & Shanae Aurora

Join us for Community Conversation About The Round House with Jeremy Carnes & Shanae Aurora! "Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read is…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 28 Wednesday, March 28
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is…

Read More

film & video
Apr 6 Friday, April 6
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema Screening

Details coming soon...

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 11 Wednesday, April 11
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

Details coming soon... Also more information regarding the FREE Craft Talk with Luci Tapahonso at UWM on Thursday, April 12 coming soon.

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 14 Saturday, April 14
8:00pm, Pay What You Can
Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Lo Kwa Mei-en reading from Two Tales

Woodland Pattern Book Center and Kundiman present a poetry reading featuring Lo Kwa Mei-en's Two Tales (Bloom Books) as part…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 17 Tuesday, April 17
4:00pm, No charge and open to the public
Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison at the Brown Deer Public Library

Please join us at the Brown Deer Public Library for a poetry reading and conversation with Milwaukee's Poet Laureate, Roberto…

Read More

performances
Apr 19 Thursday, April 19
7:00pm, $15 ticket
Musical Performance: Alash Ensemble

Please join us for a performance by Alash Ensemble! "Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing…

Read More

exhibitions
Apr 21 Saturday, April 21
6:00pm, Pay What You Can
Opening Reception for Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

Please join us for the opening reception of Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker  On view through Sunday, June 3rd. Renee…

Read More

performances
Apr 22 Sunday, April 22
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents Renee Baker Quartet

Please join us for Alternating Currents Live with Renee Baker! Renee Baker Composer Statement: "My compositions result in concert experiences that attract…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 2 Wednesday, May 2
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

Details coming soon... Craft Talk: Layli Long Soldier @ UWM Library Special Collections, 4th floor. Thursday, May 3 | time TBD…

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performances
May 13 Sunday, May 13
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge: a transatlantic network for creative music

Details coming soon...

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...

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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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