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Event Calendar
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special events
June 18 -22

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

performances
June 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Michelle Taransky

Michelle Taransky's first book, Barn Burned, Then, was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She lives in Philadelphia where she works at Kelly Writers House and teaches poetry at Temple University. 

Michelle Taranksy's visit is the first in series of Woodland Pattern 30th Anniversary programs to celebrate the contributions of women artists to Woodland Pattern's history and future legacy. These women reflect lifelong commitments to the arts regardless of current trends and help expand understanding and appreciation of diverse art forms.

Over the past 30 years, the creativity of women—administrators, visual artists, writers, editors, publishers, and musicians has played an important role in our mission: to be dedicated to the discovery, cultivation and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts. Each residency will be commemorated with the publication of a broadside created by the visiting writer/artist/musician in collaboration with Woodland Pattern.

This program is made possible with generous assistance from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Mary L. Nohl Fund

Selected Poems

Barn Burned, Then

Michelle Taransky

 

The bank,
A teller,
The same figures'

Capacity to chorus, as if
Light was beaten for bread

A confessed wage
Through another

Chance-flood
Broken-necked flicker

Gold pawed labyrinth

Flints of past thresher

Taking brother who is best
At hiding

Writing a statement

To take the barn's place