• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
May 23 -23

Woodland Crystal: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CAConrad

readings & workshops
May 23

Reading: CAConrad

readings & workshops
May 28

Reading: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson & Mark Zimmerman

special events
June 2 -5

Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling

performances
June 13 -13

BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents 

Bird House: An unfolding of events in real time with real people

special events
June 14

Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

performances
June 18

Formations presents Scrawl & Devin Drobka's BELL DANCE SONGS

readings & workshops
June 20

Book Release: Devin Johnston & Nate Klug

Featured Upcoming Events

Woodland Crystal: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CAConrad

May 23 - May 23
12:00pm, $35 GENERAL / $30 WPBC MEMBERS

  (Soma)tic poetry rituals provide a window into the creative viability of everything around us, initiating an extreme present. A crystal will be provided for each student and we will program the crystals to speak through the walls and books of Woodland Pattern, giving us new language for our poems. These are poems we will translate from both the intradimensional and the interdimensional. (The crystals were charged on the roots of Emily Dickinson’s giant trees in her Amherst backyard). With (Soma)tic rituals…

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Reading: CAConrad

Saturday, May 23
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE with registration for CAConrad's workshop Woodland Crystal

  CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of seven books, the latest is titled ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014). He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online here.    Participants in CAConrad's workshop - Woodland Crystal: A (Soma)tic…

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Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance

June 2 - June 5
$200/$185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center present an intensive workshop at Lynden with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling. In addition to the scheduled hours, each participant will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Andrew Schelling for individualized feedback and discussion of his or her work. The workshop will begin with a reading by Schelling at Woodland Pattern on May 31 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
May 23 May 23 - May 23
12:00pm, $35 GENERAL / $30 WPBC MEMBERS
Woodland Crystal: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CAConrad

  (Soma)tic poetry rituals provide a window into the creative viability of everything around us, initiating an extreme present. A crystal…

Read More

readings & workshops
May 23 Saturday, May 23
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS | FREE with registration for CAConrad's workshop Woodland Crystal
Reading: CAConrad

  CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of seven…

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special events
Jun 2 June 2 - June 5
6:00pm, $200/$185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden
Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance

Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center present an intensive workshop at Lynden with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling. In addition to…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Weweni Margaret Noodin
  Ecodeviance CA Conrad
  Increase Lapham & Lorine Niedecker Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes
  Lorine Niedecker’s Century 1903-2003 Jenny Penberthy
  This Thin Memory A-Ha Eric Elshtain
  bicycle Roberto Harrison


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Ecodeviance by CA Conrad

Small Press

This series of 23 new (Soma)tic poetry rituals and resulting poems by CAConrad create what we can refer to as an "extreme present" set to reveal the creative viability of everything around us. Poetry rituals such as riding escalators and showing photographs of himself to strangers asking, "Excuse me, have you seen this person?" In another he pollinates flowers for security cameras, exclaiming, "I'M A POLLINATOR, I'M A POLLINATOR!" One was written with a ghost, another by stargazing to build his own constellations. (Soma)tic rituals are a practice of unorthodox steps aimed at breaking us out of the quotidian and into a more political and physical spiritual consciousness of The New Wilderness.

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