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Event Calendar
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film & video
November 17

aCinema presents Spatial Corrections

readings & workshops
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Featured Upcoming Events

aCinema presents Spatial Corrections

Friday, November 17
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation

// Friday, November 17th 2017 // 7:00 PM // // Woodland Pattern Book Center // // 720 E Locust St // Milwaukee, WI //   Watching the Detectives (2017) Chris Kennedy, 35 min, 16 mm Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the Internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using…

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Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

Sunday, November 19
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline! Organized in partnership with the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative.   Santee Frazier will also give a talk entitled Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image at UWM Libraries Special Collections on Tuesday, November 21 at 12:30 PM. More info here.    Santee Frazier is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and graduated with a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2006 under…

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Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image

Tuesday, November 21
12:30pm, FREE

  Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image a talk by Santee Frazier, author of Dark Thirty Tuesday, November 21 | 12:30 PM | FREE and open to the public   at Special Collections, UWM Libraries 4th Floor 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211   Santee Frazier will also give a reading at Woodland Pattern on Sunday, November 19 at 7 PM. More info here.  All events presented in partnership with the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative.    Santee Frazier is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation…

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Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

Sunday, December 3
2:00pm, FREE

  Performances will occur by: Nina Marvel Helene Fischman JoAnn Chang Sue Blaustein Anna Rodriguez Anja Notànjà Sieger Artist Anja “Notanja” Sieger will release a 256 page book collecting her miniature art and poetry series, Healers and Dealers of the Ultimate Truth, on November 11th. Sieger will celebrate her book’s emergence into the world by hosting a book launch party featuring performances by poets who will share their experiences with concepts relevant to the concept of ultimate truth, the focus of Sieger’s collection. This will be part of…

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Heddy Keith author of Through it All

Wednesday, December 6
7:00pm, FREE

  This is a story about how post-traumatic stress disorder affected one woman’s life. Through it All resonates with anyone who has found love and lost it.   A healing memoir of love and loss. HEDDY finds true love as a young girl, but suddenly and unexpectedly loses it. Thirty-seven years later, inspired by her daughter’s questioning, her heart attack, and heart bypass surgery, the divorced school teacher sets out to find out what happened to her lost love. Driven by her undying…

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Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

Saturday, December 9
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir. Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM. $8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WP Members Tonya M. Foster was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in New Orleans. She earned a BA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an MFA from the University of Houston. Foster is the author of the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna*, 2015) and co-edited the book Third…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

Sunday, December 10
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

featuring Alex Wing- bass Felton Offard - guitar Jovia Armstrong - percussion Nicole MItchell - flutes, compositions Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2014). Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in…

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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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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.

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Featured Upcoming Events


film & video
Nov 17 Friday, November 17
7:00pm, $5 suggested donation
aCinema presents Spatial Corrections

// Friday, November 17th 2017 // 7:00 PM // // Woodland Pattern Book Center // // 720 E Locust St // Milwaukee,…

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readings & workshops
Nov 19 Sunday, November 19
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline! Organized in partnership with the Milwaukee Native…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 21 Tuesday, November 21
12:30pm, FREE
Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image

  Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image a talk by Santee Frazier, author of Dark Thirty Tuesday, November 21…

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readings & workshops
Dec 3 Sunday, December 3
2:00pm, FREE
Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

  Performances will occur by: Nina Marvel Helene Fischman JoAnn Chang Sue Blaustein Anna Rodriguez Anja Notànjà Sieger Artist Anja “Notanja” Sieger will release a 256 page book…

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readings & workshops
Dec 6 Wednesday, December 6
7:00pm, FREE
Heddy Keith author of Through it All

  This is a story about how post-traumatic stress disorder affected one woman’s life. Through it All resonates with anyone who…

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readings & workshops
Dec 9 Saturday, December 9
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir. Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM. $8 General…

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performances
Dec 10 Sunday, December 10
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

featuring Alex Wing- bass Felton Offard - guitar Jovia Armstrong - percussion Nicole MItchell - flutes, compositions Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader…

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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

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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