• 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
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 9
1:00pm, $200 | $185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden


Intersite: Geopoetics of the Urban Garden and Beyond is a four day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Jennifer Scappettone.The residency will begin with a reading by Jennifer Scappettone at Woodland Pattern on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 9 at 6 PM.



Register online, or call Woodland Pattern at 414-263-5001.






In this workshop, we will explore a range of tactics for inhabiting and articulating the present moment geologically. How can we see through the garden’s beauty into the discordant histories embedded in the landscape of our convergence, for example, with its origins in the manufacturing concerns of the Allen-Bradley Company, and the designs of renowned golf course architects—their vision of an English country park echoing a client’s memories of Kansas City municipal grounds—slowly amassing the signatures of canonical artists, and metamorphosing in the 21st century through ecosensitive reconstruction? How do we see through the garden into the city beyond? Who lived here long before Milwaukee and its suburbs existed, and what glacial histories do its soils and rocks have to tell? Students will be asked either to respond to the site of the Lynden Sculpture Garden itself or to bring remnants of a site they wish to write about for the week—geological strata both natural and unnatural, as many artifacts as possible. Bring bits of history along that you are prepared to transform or destroy. And scissors.




Tuesday, June 6: 1-4 PM

Wednesday, June 7: 1-4 PM

Thursday, June 8: 1-4 PM

Friday, June 9: 1-4 PM (with a reading and reception at 6 PM)


closing reading & reception:

Friday, June 9 | 6 PM

FREE and open to the public


All workshop related programs take place at: 

Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 West Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217




Jennifer Scappettone

Sunday, June 4 | 2 PM

$8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members

FREE for participants in Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond


Reading takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center:

720 E. Locust St.

Milwaukee, WI 53212




Jennifer Scappettone works at the crossroads of writing, translation, and scholarly research, on the page and off. She is the author of the hybrid-genre verse books From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (just out from Atelos Press), and of the scholarly study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her translations from the Italian of the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in the award-winning book Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. She founded, and curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry. Her installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on site-specific performance works with a wide spectrum of musicians, architects, code artists, and dancers, at locations ranging from the tract of Trajan’s aqueduct beneath the American Academy in Rome to Fresh Kills Landfill. Scappettone is an associate professor of various subjects—including, most recently, ecopoetics, urban utopias and dystopias, and Babel—at the University of Chicago.



Photo: Dino Ignani