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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Featured Upcoming Events

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August 24 Readshops led by Karl Gartung: Participants will dive into foundational works from the 20th century, beginning with works by “Objectivist" poets such as Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker. We will be reading the poetry aloud and discussing it as questions arise, on the spot, as deeply as needed. The only prerequisite is curiosity. The…

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Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

October 5 - November 24
11:00am, $Give What You Can

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie Oct. 5–Nov. 24  In this exhibition of images derived from personal photographs of school-related photography, Tyanna Buie creates a visual complication of past events through the isolation of objects from the photographs sourced. Part of What Can I Do?: Spirituality, Civic Engagement, & Artistic Practice, a series of exhibitions made possible with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.  Tyanna Buie, a Chicago and Milwaukee native, received her BA from Western Illinois University and her…

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Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

October 22 - December 31
6:00pm, $Give What You Can

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour sessions will be a time of conversation and writing poems, songs, short stories, or that novel you always wanted to try. Even if you’ve never tried to write, come along for the fun! We’ll have plenty of mud (coffee) too. This group will be led by Bob koshin Hanson, USN, reserves. Hanson is a Vietnam-era vet, and a writer and…

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Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

Wednesday, October 23
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Acclaimed Wisconsin-based author Kathie Giorgio will read from her latest novel, If You Tame Me (Black Rose Writing, 2019)  Kathie Giorgio is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, The Home For Wayward Clocks (2011), Learning To Tell A (Life) Time (2013), Rise From The River (2015), In Grace’s Time (2017), and her latest If You Tame Me (September 2019), as well as two short story collections, Enlarged Hearts (2012) and Oddities & Endings: The Collected Stories Of Kathie Giorgio (2016),…

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Urban Echo Poets

Thursday, October 24
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Open Mic: The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay. This reading is open-mic style with the Urban Echo Poets reading alongside members of the public. Sign up is open on the day of—please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure a spot!

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Submitathon

Sunday, October 27
1:00pm, $Give What You Can

Submitathon with writers and editors Su Cho, Paige Towers, and Angela Voras-Hills: Whether you’re trying to publish your first piece in a lit mag, looking to place your manuscript, or applying for a residency, we will make it a party! We’ll kick off with a conversation about the ins and outs of submitting your work, what editors are looking for, and how to handle (probably a lot of) rejection. We’ll spend the remaining time sharing lists of places to submit,…

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Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

Wednesday, October 30
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

A reading from Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press, 2019), featuring Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2015-2016); Oscar Mireles, Madison Poet Laureate (2016-2020); Emilio DeGrazia, Winona Poet Laureate (2012-2016); and Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. She is the author of four poetry collections—most recently Copper Yearning (2019) and Apprenticed to Justice; and the editor of…

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Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

Friday, November 1
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Trisha Low is a poet and performer living in the East Bay. She is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013) and Socialist Realism (Emily Books/Coffee House Press, 2019). Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her books of poetry and prose include Pet Sounds, It's No Good Everything's Bad, Ursula or University, Picture Palace, and Telling the Future Off. Young is a member of the Krupskaya Books editorial collective.  Zachary Epcar is a filmmaker currently based in Milwaukee. His…

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It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

Sunday, November 3
2:00pm, Free and open to the public

“From her first experiment with the Sony Portapak to the multi-layered autobiographical exercise that helped her through chemotherapy, pioneering lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) has expanded her visual vocabulary beyond her extensive work with celluloid to actively employ the immediacy of video production for over 40 years. Haptics, lesbian sensuality, playfulness, collaboration, and illness, all thematically present throughout her career, are encapsulated here in a brief overview of Hammer’s analog and digital output.” (Curators KJ Relth and Mark Toscano)  It’s…

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Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

November 10 - December 8
3:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member

In this four-session workshop, we’ll focus on creating tension and surprise in poetry by exploring contemporary poems that shift focus, leaving us disoriented and shaken awake in the end. We’ll pay attention to the moments that push these poems in new directions and how their endings satisfy our expectations. Based on our readings and with the help of writing exercises, we’ll draft poems that make similar use of a good turn. We'll be discussing poems by Ada Limón, Kaveh Akbar, Matthew…

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Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

Sunday, November 10
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

featuring MAI SUGIMOTO – alto saxophone RAYMOND BONI – guitar, harmonica ANTON HATWICH – double bass PAUL ROGERS – double bass The Bridge, squared. This project, is the second group to be borne of the 2nd generation of The Bridge’s French-American collaborative ensembles. Following an intuition initially proposed by French guitarist Raymond Boni, these four musicians will explore the possibilities of an ensemble with a majority of string instruments and no drums, collaboratively piloted by four individuals with radically different artistic personalities.  At fifteen, Raymond Boni was…

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39TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Saturday, November 16
5:00pm, Program + Reception: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance

Join us for Woodland Pattern’s 39th Anniversary Gala as we celebrate and honor members from our community. The evening will feature a reception, silent auction, and program with performances by award-winning poet Ron Padgett and musical group Ruth B8r Ginsburg. Proceeds raised will benefit Woodland Pattern’s ongoing programming for contemporary literature and the arts. at The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee 5 PM: Reception (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction) 7 PM: Program (featuring Ron Padgett and Ruth B8r Ginsburg) Reception…

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Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

Sunday, November 17
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

featuring Ernest Dawkins - reed & electronics Everett Reed - drums & percussion Jonathan Woods - video projection AACM saxophonist/composer Ernest Dawkins returns with his Boglifier Project celebrating the richness of urban rhyme and rhythm combining African American folk melodies with contemporary electronic sounds and visuals. This edition of the Boglifier Project includes Everett Reed (drums & percussion) and Jonathan Woods (video projection): live acoustic sound, electronic signal processing, looping, dance, creative improvisation. collective interplay and exploration of sound.

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Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

Thursday, November 21
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. She is the author of four poetry collections—most recently Copper Yearning (2019) and Apprenticed to Justice; and the editor of Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Blaeser also serves on faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program in Santa Fe. Her work has been widely anthologized, and selections of…

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Thursday, November 28
11:00am

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, July 13 Saturday, July 27 Saturday, August 10 Saturday, August…

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exhibitions
Oct 5 October 5 - November 24
11:00am, $Give What You Can
Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie Oct. 5–Nov. 24  In this exhibition of images derived from personal photographs of school-related photography, Tyanna Buie…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 22 October 22 - December 31
6:00pm, $Give What You Can
Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 23 Wednesday, October 23
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

Acclaimed Wisconsin-based author Kathie Giorgio will read from her latest novel, If You Tame Me (Black Rose Writing, 2019)  Kathie Giorgio…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 24 Thursday, October 24
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Urban Echo Poets

Open Mic: The Urban Echo Poets observe and experience nature, then express these observations in poetry and essay. This reading…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 27 Sunday, October 27
1:00pm, $Give What You Can
Submitathon

Submitathon with writers and editors Su Cho, Paige Towers, and Angela Voras-Hills: Whether you’re trying to publish your first piece…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 30 Wednesday, October 30
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

A reading from Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press, 2019), featuring Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 1 Friday, November 1
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

Trisha Low is a poet and performer living in the East Bay. She is the author of The Compleat Purge…

Read More

film & video
Nov 3 Sunday, November 3
2:00pm, Free and open to the public
It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

“From her first experiment with the Sony Portapak to the multi-layered autobiographical exercise that helped her through chemotherapy, pioneering lesbian…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 10 November 10 - December 8
3:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member
Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

In this four-session workshop, we’ll focus on creating tension and surprise in poetry by exploring contemporary poems that shift focus,…

Read More

performances
Nov 10 Sunday, November 10
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

featuring MAI SUGIMOTO – alto saxophone RAYMOND BONI – guitar, harmonica ANTON HATWICH – double bass PAUL ROGERS – double bass The Bridge, squared. This project,…

Read More

special events
Nov 16 Saturday, November 16
5:00pm, Program + Reception: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance
39TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Join us for Woodland Pattern’s 39th Anniversary Gala as we celebrate and honor members from our community. The evening will…

Read More

performances
Nov 17 Sunday, November 17
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general
Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

featuring Ernest Dawkins - reed & electronics Everett Reed - drums & percussion Jonathan Woods - video projection AACM saxophonist/composer Ernest Dawkins returns with…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 21 Thursday, November 21
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. She is the author of four poetry…

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Nov 28 Thursday, November 28
11:00am,
CLOSED

We are closed today - see you tomorrow!

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New Arrivals

Small Press Lorine Niedecker in Spain Natalia Carbajosa
  bruise bullet flower Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger


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bruise bullet flower by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Small Press

bruise bullet flower documents the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black, brown, and mostly queer-identified individuals living under the daily threat of gun violence in the United States.

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