• 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
readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre + José Felipe Alvergue

readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Workshop with Mónica de la Torre

readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 7 June 7 - June 10
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Join us at Lynden Sculpture Garden for an intensive workshop with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson!

Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu) is an intensive workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Ed Roberson.The residency will begin with a reading by Ed Roberson at Woodland Pattern on June 5 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 10 at 6 pm.




Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu) refers to both a poetic genre and a genre of Japanese still life painting in which human figures are absent, leaving only garments and other objects that bear the trace of those who left them. In this workshop we’ll take this idea and play with it, imagining the absence present in the objects and landscape that adorn the Lynden Sculpture Garden - its ecology, the siting & placement of the art works, and the built structures will allow us to explore the fingerprint of the human; the empty sleeve.




Tuesday, June 7: 1-4 PM

Wednesday, June 8: 1-4 PM

Thursday, June 9: 1-4 PM

Friday, June 10: 1-4 PM (with a reading and reception at 6 PM)


Takes place at Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 West Brown Deer Road

Milwaukee, WI 53217



Sunday, June 5 | 2 PM

Reading: Ed Roberson


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

FREE for participants in Whose Sleeves (Tagasode Byobu)


Reading takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center

720 E. Locust St.

Milwaukee, WI 53212


Friday, June 10 | 6 pm

Reading & Reception



Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.

Takes place at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public



Ed Roberson is the author of ten books of poetry including a chapbook, Closest Pronunciation (Drinking Gourd Series, Northwestern University Press).

His most recent book, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, published by Wesleyan, was a finalist for the 2010 LA Times Book Award and was one of two runners-up for the 2011 Kingsley-Tufts Award. The New Wing of the Labyrinth (2009) was published by Singing Horse Press and City Eclogue was published in the Atelos series (2006, No. 23). His collection, Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, won the Iowa Poetry Prize; Atmosphere Condition was a winner of the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award.

Roberson is a recipient of the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. In 2011, he received the Stephen Henderson Critics’ Award for achievement in poetry by the African American Literary and Culture Society at the American Literature Association Conference. He recently received the 2016 PEN Voelcker Award for poetry.


Retired from Rutgers University, Ed Roberson lives in Chicago where he is currently emeritus in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. He has taught classes and workshops as Visiting Professor at Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago and as Visiting Artist in the Center for the Writing Arts at Northwestern University. From 2009 – 2014 he was Artist in Residence at Northwestern University, teaching in the English Department Creative Writing Program. Roberson served as an instructor at the Cave Canem Retreat for Black Writers (2008-2019) and in 2014 he was the Holloway Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley.


Ed Roberson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, where, as an undergraduate research assistant in limnology, he traveled across Canada, through Alaska, Kodiak and Afognak Islands and later Bermuda with research expeditions. As a member of the Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh, he climbed mountains in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes. Ed worked in the steel mills, as an aquarium diver-tankman at the Pittsburgh Aquazoo, and in advertising graphics. He motorcycled across the U.S. and has traveled in West Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.