• 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 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

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


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

November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28


Archived readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 9


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