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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 8
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy is a three day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Duriel E. Harris.The residency will begin with a reading by Duriel E. Harris at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 PM, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 8th at 6 PM.

Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June 8 | 1-4 PM daily
$175 | $160 for members of either Woodland Pattern or Lynden Sculpture Garden
(includes a ticket to Duriel's reading at WP on Wednesday night)
(contact us about sliding scale rates)

Pay online here, stop in or give us a call to sign-up!

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In this workshop we will sit with the vulnerability that accompanies our aliveness toward enriching our writing and art-making practices. Using the essay “The Light of Death” (Harriet Blog, April 2018) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2018/04/the-light-of-death and its associated terrain as anchor and springboard, we will explore the insights perceptions gleaned from our embodied experiences as material for Experiments in Joy. (For more on Experiments in Joy see here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/08/although-it-felt-like-a-confession-or-introducing-the-harri-blogject-the-harripog-and-other-experiments-in-joy)

Participants are encouraged to read the essay “The Light of Death” in advance and journal about what they find stimulating, provocative, and/or meaningful while reading. How have you contended with death or mortality? What responses to (human) suffering do you see in your writing? How do you work with this material to make art? Where have you found love where you thought none could abide?

Participants are invited to bring journal entries and poem drafts as well as pertinent, intriguing and/or provocative phrases, passages, verses, images, lyrics/songs by other writers/artists/thinkers to share and use in making/writing. We will explore these materials with an acknowledgment of the shared connection of interbeing, approaching our craft through practices of generosity and exchange.



Poetry Reading: Duriel E. Harris
Wednesday, June 6 | 7 PM
at Woodland Pattern Book Center
Give What You Can

Free entry for participants in Duriel’s workshop at Lynden

Closing Reading & Reception
Friday, June 8 | 6-8 PM
at Lynden Sculpture Garden

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share writing they’ve developed during the workshop.

Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.



Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, and sound artist. She is author of three print volumes of poetry, including her most recent, No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010). Multi-genre works include her one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. Recent and upcoming appearances include performances at the Lake Forest College Allan L. Carr Theatre, the Chicago Jazz Festival (with Douglas Ewart & Inventions), the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Naropa Capitalocene, The Votive Poetics Workshop (New Zealand), and Festival Internacional de Poesía de La Habana (Cuba).

Cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective, Harris has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including BAX, Mandorla, The &Now Awards, Of Poetry & Protest, Ploughshares, Troubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; and her compositions have been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees in Literature from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Writers.

The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

See more on her website at durielharris.com

This program was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.