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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 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 performances
Mar 24 Sunday, March 24

Julie Ezelle Patton performing with

Paul Van Curen (improvisational guitar) and Melinda Zitnick (bass)

Julie’s performance work, featured at the Stone (John Zorn’s experimental music space), Jazz Standard, and noted international venues, emphasizes improvisation, collaboration, and other worldy chora-graphs. She has shape-shifted into a cat-witch for Sop Doll: A Jack Tale Noh (written by Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn), Desdemona in Othello Syndrome (Uri Caine’s 2009 Grammy nominated CD), a ring-tone (Ravi Coltrane’s At Night), and “Onyx Blackly’s” voice of doom for Barnaby McAll’s Triplum.

Julie, Paul, and Melinda are all connected under the umbrella of Let It Bee Ark Hive, a living, breathing, residential dwelling in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. The dwelling has served as a housing cooperative dating back to 1949, a literary aerie, and a community green space. We are excited to welcome their collaborative energy to Woodland Pattern.

Julie will also bring to the Woodland Pattern gallery her visual poetics, which will be on display until April 28th. The exhibit will reflect the improvisation of traveling thru and with time, space, and place through materials accumulated along the way.

About the artist:

Julie Ezelle Pattonʼs visual, literary, and sonic poetics consists of print and design, botanical specimen, ephemeral installations, drawing, collage, curating, cooking up a storm, improvising, music, and speech.

She has presented her work in literature, art, poetry, and visual art venues in the US and abroad including at the Front International Triennial 2018 in Cleveland; Justice Is Compassion / Action Is Power / ARTS FOR ART and the Vision Festival in New York City; MaelstrÖm fiEstival #11 in Brussels, Belgium; and Tamaas’ READ Translation Seminars in Paris. Her work has been widely anthologized and is recently included in Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan UP); Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change (BlazeVox); ((eco (lang(uage(reader)) [Nightboat]; I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues); and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America (U of Alabama). She is also a contributing editor to Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Dispatch Editions, 2016).

Visual literary installations include Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake (Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs), and A Garden Per Verse (or What Else do You Expect from Dirt?) [Hat]. She is a recipient of awards including the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2015 Artists Award; Philip Whalen Memorial Grant; New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship; Doan Brook Association’s Watershed Hero Award, and two Acadia Arts Foundation Grant.

She has taught at New York University, Cooper Union, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and Case Western Reserve University. She has served as Master Artist-In-Residence for The Atlantic Center for the Arts and as the Mellon Learning Fellow at Bates College. Her work with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, the Guggenheim Learning Thru Arts Program, a Studio in a School Association and other projects was complemented by a New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable Award for Sustained Achievement; and a Touchstone Fellowship for Teaching Artists. 

(photo credit Angelo Merendino Photography)