Poet and publisher David Wilk will talk about his 40-plus years involvement with Niedecker's work with Woodland Pattern co-founder and Friends of Lorine Niedecker board member Karl Gartung.
Reception to follow.
David Wilk has participated in almost every aspect of publishing and book distribution, and has worked extensively with letterpress, fine arts books, and poetry. He was editor of the influential literary journal TRUCK - devoting an entire issue to Lorine Niedecker's work - and of the affiliated Truck Press. He’s been writing poetry and nonfiction since the late sixties and his work has been published widely. Wilk’s podcast at writerscast.com has featured interviews with over 250 writers and publishing professionals.
Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas in 1947. He received a B.A. from Hastings College, in Nebraska, in 1969. In 1976 he was hired to run a small press bookstore (Boox, Inc.) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gartung says this was the beginning of his serious apprenticeship to contemporary literature. In 1979 he was a co-founder, with Karl Young and Anne Kingsbury, of Woodland Pattern Book Center. At Woodland Pattern he has been involved in the planning and presentation of hundreds of poetry readings, music performances, art and book exhibit.