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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
Apr 25 Saturday, April 25
7:00pm, $Give What You Can


Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances, and exhibitions curated by local LGBTQ artists and focused on sex and gender diversity in the contemporary arts.


David Trinidad’s most recent books are Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011) and Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), both published by Turtle Point Press. He is also the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011). Trinidad currently lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Columbia College.


Marilyn Annucci won first place in the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Tony Hoagland, for her chapbook Waiting Room (Hill-Stead Museum, 2012), and she is also the author of Luck (Parallel Press, 2000). Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, Chautauqua, and Antiphon. She has also been involved in various collaborative community projects with visual artists. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Marilyn worked for ten years as a writer and editor before earning her MFA degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  You can find see more of Marilyn’s poems at: http://www.madpoetry.org/madpoets/annuccim.html.


Guest curator Josie Osborne is an artist and director of the First Year Program in Art and Design at UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts where she has taught for 7 years. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Quiet at Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Miller and Shellabarger: Hiding in the Light at Inova Gallery. Because she believes in the importance of art, poetry and social justice for all people in our society, Osborne serves on the Board of Directors of Woodland Pattern, is co-PI for a new project called ArtsECO and is president of the LGBT Alumni Chapter at the UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Graphics (printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee.



Jimmy’s Moon

It wasn’t until

Jimmy died

that I realized

the first poem

of his I ever read

was the little one

about seeing the

crescent moon through

the window of

a train, “En Route

to Southampton,”

which my friend

Rachel had clipped

from The New Yorker

and pinned to

the bulletin board

in her kitchen

a matter of months

before the accident.

The poem didn’t

do much for me,

as I stood there

and read it,

having no idea,

of course, that

Rachel would soon

die and I survive

and come to love

Schuyler’s work

and be his friend.

A kind of prediction,

or icy promise,

like Jimmy’s moon,

a dead friend’s

introduction to

a future friend,

who, as it turned

out, was now dead

too.  Rachel liked

short poems.


                   -David Trinidad



Ghost Writers’ Nursing Home


No one talks about their own lives. 

And the stories of movie stars, 

presidents, and divas 


are old.  It’s nice to sit, 

let someone else dish— 

well, it’s worth a snicker


over lunch among goblin gossips 

out to pasture.  Rarely 

do they feel regret. The coulder 


been a contenda crap.  Someone 

shuts them up.  Big name:  

steam on a mirror.  Done.


Out back there’s birds and a feeder,

and enough stories to last a—

Don’t need those either. 


                    -Marilyn Annucci, published in Verse Wisconsin online issue 103