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Event Calendar
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performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Stephen Anderson & Erik Richardson

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

special events
November 3

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala!

 

Featured Upcoming Events

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

Sunday, October 22
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Alternating Currents Live presents this improvising duo featuring the iconic and prolific drummer Tom Rainey with Milwaukee’s Devin Drobka. The concept of this duo occurred to Devin on a drive towards Madison one evening: "The idea rang loud inside my head. I wanted to play duo with one of my favorite musicians and heroes." This concert is the first of a week of duo performances throughout Wisconsin. Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York…

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Poetry Reading: Stephen Anderson & Erik Richardson

Wednesday, October 25
7:00pm, FREE

Join us for a poetry reading and celebration of new publications! Erik Richardson's Song of Ourself & Stephen Anderson's In the Garden of Angels and Demons, both from Kelsay Books.  Erik Richardson lives in Milwaukee with his family and assorted pets. In addition to his role as Development Manager at the United Performing Arts Fund, he also teaches a few courses at Carroll University. With a handful of awards and honorable mentions scattered about, his second chapbook, song of ourself, just came out from…

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Urban Echo Poets

Thursday, October 26
7:00pm, FREE

  A reading by the Urban Echo Poets. The theme of the February 23rd reading is nature.    The Urban Echo Poets read, write and appreciate poetry with images from nature. Our purpose is to observe and experience nature, then to express these observations in poetry and essay.      All participants will read for no more than 4 minutes. Limited reading spaces are open to the general public, arrive at least 15 minutes early for a chance to sign up. 

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37th Anniversary Gala

Friday, November 3
5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala! Woodland Pattern’s 2017 Anniversary Gala will honor and celebrate the retirement of our Co-Founding Executive Director, Anne Kingsbury, who, with Karl Gartung, cultivated a strong and vibrant poetry community in Milwaukee’s Riverwest Neighborhood for 37 years.  Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts 2419 E Kenwood Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53211   TICKETS Tickets for both the reception and program are available at the door.  Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple Program Only: $25 Advance |…

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Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's charity program that raises funds for 31 local children's charities this year. We are excited to be in the running to receive Heart of Canal Street funds.

Share Your Heart

Featured Upcoming Events


performances
Oct 22 Sunday, October 22
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

Alternating Currents Live presents this improvising duo featuring the iconic and prolific drummer Tom Rainey with Milwaukee’s Devin Drobka. The…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 25 Wednesday, October 25
7:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Stephen Anderson & Erik Richardson

Join us for a poetry reading and celebration of new publications! Erik Richardson's Song of Ourself & Stephen Anderson's In the Garden of…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 26 Thursday, October 26
7:00pm, FREE
Urban Echo Poets

  A reading by the Urban Echo Poets. The theme of the February 23rd reading is nature.    The Urban Echo Poets read,…

Read More

special events
Nov 3 Friday, November 3
5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR
37th Anniversary Gala

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala! Woodland Pattern’s 2017 Anniversary Gala will honor and celebrate…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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