Featured Audio & Video

This page will soon offer selections from four decades of multimedia recordings of Woodland Pattern concerts and poetry readings. For now please find recordings of our most recent online events.

Poetry Reading: Kelsey Marie Harris, Mikey Swanberg, travis tate, & Gina Tron | hybrid, November 18, 2021

A reading in celebration of Milwaukee-based Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, featuring Kelsey Marie HarrisMikey Swanbergtravis tate, and Gina Tron, and organized by publisher and poet Freddy La Force. This is the first event of Small Press Appreciation, an ongoing series celebrating small-press culture and the groundbreaking role independent publishers play in making space for new writers and literatures.

Poetry Reading: Aja Couchois Duncan, Roberto Harrison, & Paolo Javier | hybrid, November 13, 2021

Poetry Reading with Aja Couchois Duncan, author of Vestigial (Litmus Press, 2021), Roberto Harrison, author of Tropical Lung: EXI(S)T(S) (Omnidawn Press, 2021), and Paolo Javier, author of O.B.B. (Nightboat Books, 2021).

Poetry Reading: Lewis Freedman, Gabriel Kruis, & Jennifer Nelson | hybrid, November 3, 2021

Poetry Reading with Lewis Freedman, author of I Want Something Other Than Time (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2021), Gabriel Kruis, co-founder of Wendy’s Subway and the author of Acid Virga (Archway Editions, 2020), and Jennifer Nelson, author of Harm Eden (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2021).

Conversation: Lois Bielefeld’s To commit to memory | hybrid, October 16, 2021

In celebration of Lois Bielefeld’s To commit to memory, we welcomed Lois Bielefeld in conversation with Shannon Brennan, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Carthage College, and Debra Brehmer, Gallery Director at Portrait Society Gallery.

Conversation: Martha Bergland & Chuck Stebelton | hybrid, September 22, 2021

Martha Bergland, in conversation with Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer Chuck Stebelton, discussing her new book, The Birdman of Koshkonong: The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlien. Presented with Milwaukee Audubon Society.

Queering the Fandom: Fanfic, Cosplay, and Community | hybrid, September 9, 2021

Presented as part of Milwaukee Film’s Cultures & Communities Festival

Book Launch and Pride Celebration—We Will Always Be Here: A Guide to Exploring and Understanding the History of LGBTQ Activism in Wisconsin | online, June 24, 2021

Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee Pride, and WHS Press welcomed authors Jenny Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson for the launch of their new book, We Will Always Be Here. Jenny and Kristen were joined at this special Pride Month event by teen panelists for a wide-ranging discussion of Wisconsin's rich history of LGBTQ+ activism.

Anne Waldman: Celebrating A Visionary Outrider Life & Poetics—Interviewed by CAConrad | online, June 4, 2021

We were so pleased to virtually welcome our friends Anne Waldman and CAConrad for a conversation around poetic practice, activism, and spiritual existence. CA interviewed Anne with questions offered from other poets and artists influenced by her life and work, including Hoa Nguyen, Raquel Salas Rivera, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Thurston Moore, Callie Gardner, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

Poetry Reading: Juan Felipe Herrera, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, and Margaret Rozga | online, July 24, 2020

A poetry reading featuring outgoing Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga, and incoming state Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, with Juan Felipe Herrera, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2015-2016. With introductions by Brenda Cárdenas, Nick Demske, and Angela Trudell Vasquez.

Presented with the Saint John’s on the Lake, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, and Bonk!, and made possible with generous support from Wisconsin’s Own Library, a unique collection of Wisconsin authors and illustrators owned by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Wisconsin, and with funding provided by the Gwendolyn M. Schultz Charitable Trust.

Poetry Reading: Dunya Mikhail & Mai Der Vang | online, May 20, 2021
Discussion: Dunya Mikhail & Mai Der Vang | online, May 19, 2021
aCinema Q & A | online, May 7, 2021

Discussion with Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki about the aCinema program Flying With the Nest

Reading with the Wednesday Writers | online, April 17, 2021

Featuring readings by Lolly Rzezotarski, Raquel Lauritzen, Barbara Leigh, Maria Elena Scott, Janine Arseneau, Virginia Small, Susan Winecki, Suzanne Rosenblatt, and Karen Haley.

Poetry Reading: Bryon Cherry, Sam Pekarske, and Matthew James Gutierrez | online, April 15, 2021

Introduced by Dasha Kelly Hamilton. Presented with St. John's on the Lake in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Reading from Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems | online, March 25, 2021

Hosted by editors Margaret Rozga and Angela Trudell Vasquez, and featuring readings from Vida Cross, Reggie Finlayson, Ronnie Hess, Dana Maya, Karen Middleton, Nancy Rafal, Tracey Sperko, and Mark Zimmermann.

Reading: Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, and Brian Teare | online, March 19, 2021

Presented with the Poetry Coalition as part of shared programming around a theme of social importance, and also as part of The First Function of Poetry: A Social Justice Series

Discussion: Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, and Brian Teare | online, March 18, 2021

Presented with the Poetry Coalition as part of shared programming around a theme of social importance, and also as part of The First Function of Poetry: A Social Justice Series

aCinema Q & A | online, April 2, 2021

Discussion with Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki about the aCinema program Biopoiesis

Poetry Reading: Ted Rees, Jasmine Gibson, and D.S. Marriott | online, Feb. 18, 2021

Poetry & Economic Justice: Part of The First Function of Poetry: A Social Justice Series, with events organized and hosted by Stacy Szymaszek. This program is sponsored by the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Woodland Pattern's 27th Annual Poetry Marathon | online, Jan. 30–31, 2021

Presented by Wisconsin's Own Library, a unique collection of Wisconsin authors and illustrators owned by The General Federation of Women's Clubs—Wisconsin, with funding provided by the Gwendolyn M. Schultz Charitable Trust. This year's Marathon was also made possible by Dewitt LLP, Saint John's on the Lake, and Juneau Park Friends

SATURDAY, Jan. 30th 

10-11 am YOUTH HOUR, sponsored by Mary & Ned Witte, Diane Bezella, Pizza Shuttle, and Shorewood High

Finn Engelbart, Sofia Hansen Cardona, Noa Biener, Zekiah Talton,  Atahlia Lopez-Johnson, Aveon Hudson, Graydin Lohre, Griffin DK, Nikki Janzen, Jocelyn Banks, Persia Wright, Henry Heyden, Alexzandria Harmon, Gerardo Medina Jr., Isabella Glenn, Will DK, & Niles Janzen  

11 am-12 pm COMMUNITY HOUR, sponsored by Louisa Loveridge Gallas

Analysis, Liat Mayer, Dan Knauss, Laniece McGee, Judith Harway, Renee Glembin, Reggie Finlayson, Sharon Daly, Angela Sorby, Peter Whalen, Sue Blaustein, Jenny Benjamin, Anne Koller, Patricia Clark, & Eloisa Gómez

12-1 pm COMMUNITY HOUR, sponsored by Cornell College MFA in Creative Writing

Martha Kaplan, Kathryn Gahl, Ed Makowski, Kathrine Yets, Parker Weaver, Jayne Marek, Jim Landwehr, Barbara Wuest, Courtney Raatz, Peter Blewett, Terimarie Degree, Bailey Flannery, Ted Dargis, & Sarah Rosenblatt  //  from our archives: Morgan Parker—May 9, 2019

1-2 pm WEDNESDAY WRITERS, sponsored by Janine Arseneau 

Suzanne Rosenblatt, Judit Gomez, Barbara Leigh, Maria Elena Scott, Daniel O'Keefe, Janine Arseneau, Darlene Rzezotarski, Virginia Small, & Susan Winecki // from our archives: Silvia Bolognesi & Russ Johnson, for Alternating Currents Live—September 15, 2019

2-3 pm WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS, sponsored by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

Lisa Vihos, Ronnie Hess, Scott Lowery, Elisabeth Harrahy, Mark Zimmermann, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Sheryl Slocum, Nathan Reid, Angela Voras-Hills, & Maryann Hurtt  // from our archives: "Bike-U / Haiku," Poems from the Riverwest 24—July 27, 2019

3-4:45 pm POETS FROM SAINT JOHN’S ON THE LAKE, sponsored by Saint John’s on the Lake

Kent Mayfield, Sandy Duffy, Jana Troutman-Miller, Barbara Byer, Nick Pabst, John Schmitt, Virginia Chappell, Alex Molnar, Pat Busalacchi, Bernice Popelka, & Elliot Lipchik 

3:45 pm —INTERMISSION—4:00 pm

4-5 pm A TRIBUTE TO SALLY TOLAN, sponsored by Tom Tolan & family

Readings from the life’s work of the late Milwaukee poet Sally Tolan, 1927-2020, by Tom Tolan, Sandy Tolan, Yam Tolan, Mary Tolan, Kathleen Tolan, Sandra Maier, Paraska Tolan-Szkilnik, & John Tolan // from our archives: Urs Leimgruber & Jim Baker, for Alternating Currents Live—May, 26, 2019

5-6 pm WISCONSIN POETS LAUREATE, sponsored by Riverwest Realty 

Nick Demske, Abayomi Animashaun, Jodi Vander Molen, Vida Cross, BJ Hollars, Ed Werstein, Margaret Rozga, Angela Trudell Vasquez, Esteban Colon, & Dasha Kelly Hamilton // from our archives: Ruth B8r Ginsburg, for the Woodland Pattern gala—November 16, 2019

6-10 pm WOODLAND PATTERN 40TH ANNIVERSARY HOURS, sponsored by LiveWriters, Greg Flegel & Rich Greene, Scott Gelzer & Sherry Goldsmith, Colectivo Coffee, and Anne Kingsbury & Karl Gartung. 

Featuring poetry, film, and music from current and former Woodland Pattern staff, volunteers, curators, board members, and community members from near and far. 

6-7 / Susan Firer, Portia Cobb, Rick Ollman, Janet Jennerjohn, Paul Druecke, Bryon Cherry, Zack Pieper, Freesia McKee, Mike Michaels, Ae Hee Lee, RS Deeren, & Bob Hanson & Karen Ingvoldstad // from our archives: Anthony Deutsch, for Formations Series for New & Improvised music—October 12, 2018 / & ALASH, Tuvan Throat Singers—April 19, 2018 

7-8 / Takahiro Suzuki (Studies in the Folly of Man), Karl Gartung, Jacqueline Lalley, Greg Flegel, Jen Benka, Ching-In Chen, Franklin K.R. Cline, John Koethe, Sam Pekarske, Brenda Cárdenas, & Roberto Harrison

8-9 / Peter Burzynski, Stacy Szymaszek, Chuck Stebelton, Tyrone Williams, Maureen Owen, Elizabeth Robinson, Diane Glancy, & Joe McPhee  // from our archives: PaVda (Hal Rammel & Linda Binder), for Formations Series for New & Improvised Music—March 15, 2018 / & The Transatlantic Bridge #2.1 (Dan Bitney, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Olivia Scemama, & Simon Sieger), for Alternating Currents Live—May 5, 2019 

9-10 / CAConrad, Joshua Beckman, TC Tolbert, Janelle VanderKelen (Clara), Anselm Berrigan, Nikki Wallschlaeger, David Wilk, Jennifer Scapettone, Duriel E. Harris, Ed Roberson,  Eileen Myles, & Kati Katchever

SUNDAY, Jan. 31st

10-11 am RIVERWEST CURRENTS, sponsored by Riverwest Currents and dedicated to the poet Antler

Vince Bushell, Harvey Taylor & Susie Krause, Thomas Treder, Ellen Warren, Desmond Bone, Mooney James, & Shell Bells

11 am-12 pm UNTOLD STORIES + RACINE/KENOSHA FEATURE, sponsored by Lotus Legal Clinic 

11-11:30 / Laurel Blackstone, R.C. Nicole, Deborah Estrada-Carson, Hannah Lenzo, Pita, Jamie Lovely, & Austin Reece

11:30-12 / Nick Ramsey, Rachel Wiedower, Jean Preston, Joseph Engel, Carol Lee Saffiotti-Hughes, Debra Hall, & Stephen Kalmar II

12-1 pm COMMUNITY HOUR, sponsored by AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop

Robin Lane & Paul McComas, Robb Astor, Lindsay Tigue, Jesse DeLong, Liandra Skenandore, Kathie Giorgio, Garin Cycholl, Karen Haley, Lisa Krawczyk, Tim Kloss, Stephen Anderson, Steve Pump, & Grzegorz Wróblewski

1-2 pm WHOSE LANGUAGE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND by Kim Kielhofner, sponsored by WE Energies Foundation

Named after a novel by the late Austrian writer Marianne Fritz (1948-2007), Whose Language You Don’t Understand (2018) is a video cycle exploring the limits of language. Fritz spent most of her life, over 30 years, working on a cycle of dense and complex novels she called “The Fortress,” consisting of over 10,000 pages—and still unfinished at the time of her death. Her project is an unusual and astonishing one that challenges the conventions of writing and reading. In Fritz’s work, writing sustains a reality. Writing becomes a movement into an alternative world, and readership offers radical possibilities.

2-3 pm GENRE: URBAN ARTS, sponsored by Anonymous on behalf of Teens Grow Greens & Girls on the Run

Marcus Emel, Lyn Patterson, Colleen Rowe, Aysheh Manaei, Dana Kaleta, Shaunteri Skinner, Anita Holloway, Samihah Pargas, Ananda Deacon, & Nakeysha Roberts Washington

3-4 pm QUEER HOUR + IN-NA-PO (INDIGENOUS NATIONS POETS), sponsored by The Queer Curatorial Fund of the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres and Scott Gelzer & Sherry Goldsmith

3-3:30 / Jennifer Morales, Siwar Masannat, Elizabeth Hoover, Jenni Moody, CJ Scruton, franciszka voeltz, & Canese Jarboe 

3:30-4 / Craig Santos Perez, Margaret Noodin, LeAnne Howe, Jake Skeets, & Kimberly Blaeser

4 pm —INTERMISSION—4:15 pm

4:15-5 pm LATINX POETS FEATURE, sponsored by Erick “CK” Ledesma & Howard Leu

Rosa Alcalá, Carmen Murguia, José Felipe Alvergue, alida cardós whaley, Daniel Borzutzky, Marili Pizarro, Matthew Gutierrez, José Manuela García Oquendo, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara, & Urayoán Noel

5-6 pm OSCAR PRESENTS, sponsored by Ed & Brooke Krishok

Jordan Dunn, Andy Gricevich, Stacy Blint, Steve Timm, Mike Hauser, Abraham Smith, Timothy Yu, Richard Meier, Lewis Freedman, & Lauren Russell // Anouk Chambaz: 06:24

6-10 pm SMALL PRESS FEATURE with CHAX PRESS, CANARIUM BOOKS, UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE, BELLADONNA*, FATHOM BOOKS, PITYMILK PRESS, BATHMATICS, & VEGETARIAN ALCOHOLIC PRESSsponsored by Reuter & AssociatesThe New Order of Saint Agatha, Karen Campbell & Kevin Ronnie, FATHOM BooksOutpost Natural Foods, Polonez, & Mobile Car Care

6-7 (Chax Press) / David Weiss, Andrew Levy, Maryrose Larkin, Steven Salmoni, Michael Gottlieb, Simon Pettet, Eli Goldblatt, Saba Syed Razvi, Sarah Rosenthal, & Charles Alexander // Takahiro Suzuki: How to Draw a Line

7-7:30 (Canarium Books) / Ishmael Klein, Darcie Dennigan, Paul Killebrew, Suzanne Buffam, & giovanni singleton //  Anouk Chambaz: A View from the Cliffs, Extract 1

7:30-8 (Ugly Duckling Presse) / Jean Day, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Sawako Nakayasu, Jennifer Nelson, Corina Copp, & Rachel Levitsky // Anouk Chambaz: A View from the Cliffs, Extract 2

8-8:30 (Belladonna*) / Krystal Languell, Gabrielle Civil, Maxe Crandall, Ashna Ali, Becca Klaver, & Kimberly Alidio // Anouk Chambaz: A View from the Cliffs, Extract 3

8:30-9 (FATHOM Books) / Joseph Spece, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Eric Westerlind, Marissa Bognanno, & Youna Kwak // Anouk Chambaz: To have an existential crisis

9-9:15 (Pitymilk Press & Bathmatics) / Edie Roberts & Chelsea Tadeyeske

9:15-10 (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press) / Kelsey Marie Harris, Lauren Turner, Janelle Cordero, Travis Tate, Denise Jarrott, Gina Tron, Al Russell, & Sierra-Nicole Qualles

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through | online, January 17, 2021

A poetry reading in celebration of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry edited by Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Featuring readings by Gordon Henry Jr., Roberta Hill, Cedar Sigo, and Tanaya Winder, and hosted by Kimberly Blaeser. Presented in partnership with In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations Poets), this reading is part of our series Native Writers in the 21st Century, which is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

White Whales, White Males, Whitehead: A lecture with Lisa Jarnot  | online, Dec. 17, 2020

Presented in partnership with The Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Poetry Reading: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Cecily Nicholson | online, November 19, 2020

The second event in Poetry & Mass Incarceration, part of The First Function of Poetry: A Social Justice Series. Presented in partnership with The Retreat and sponsored by the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich (excerpt) | online, November 8, 2020
aCinema Q & A | online, November 6, 2020

A Q & A session featuring aCinema series curators Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki, along with presenting artists Alejandra Abad and Ian Epps. This is for the aCinema program Shikata Na Gai.

Reading: Ross Gay, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Kelsey Marie Harris | online, October 17, 2020
Talk: The Poetics of Urban Gardening | online, October 16, 2020

Ahead of their Saturday reading, authors and gardeners Ross Gay, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Kelsey Marie Harris joined Venice Williams, the executive director of Alice’s Garden in Milwaukee, to discuss the intersections between creative collaboration, gardening, poetry, social justice, and well-being. Woodland Pattern executive director Jenny Gropp moderated, and the conversation opened to a Q & A toward the program’s end.

Poetry Reading: 100 Thousand Poets for Change | online, September 26, 2020

September 26, 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, and poets from around the globe hosted events in support of peace, justice, and sustainability. Enjoy this amazing gathering of Milwaukee poets: Sue Blaustein, Peter Burzynski, Brenda Cárdenas, Bryon Cherry, Terimarie Degree, Bob Hanson, Roberto Harrison, Anne Koller, Scott Lowry, Siwar Massanat, Kathleen Phillips, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Margaret Rozga, Liandra Skenadore, Lisa Vihos, Ed Werstein, Peter Whalen, alida cardós whaley, and Kathrine Yets.

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts and Jennifer Steele | online, September 18, 2020
Poetry Reading: Roberto Harrison and Peter O'Leary | online, September 10, 2020
ONE POEM: A Protest Reading in support of Black Lives | online, August 18, 2020

Presented in collaboration with the Poetry Coalition: Prisca Afantchao, Sojourner Ahebee, Kazim Ali, Kimberly Blaeser, Jericho Brown, Meera Dasgupta, Kwame Dawes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Safia Elhillo, Martín Espada, Sesshu Foster, Kimberly Jae, Raina J. León, Mwatabu Okantah, Arsimmer McCoy, Alberto Ríos, Terisa Siagatonu, Matthew Thompson, Emma Trelles, Nikki Wallschlaeger (reading on behalf of Woodland Pattern), Monica Youn, and avery r. young.

Poetry Reading: Gathering Place of the Poets | online, July 24, 2020

Featuring Brenda Cárdenas, Bryon Cherry, Elias Dorsey, Kimberley Ellingson, Susan Firer, Bailey Flannery, Julia Frank, Allison Friske, Annie Grizzle, Kelsey Marie Harris, Nadjah Hasan, Kiara Honeysucker, Sam Pekarske, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Gabe O'Neil, Rithi Punyamurthula, Margaret Rozga, Alea Samone, Elias Sepulveda, Chelsea Tadeyeske, Monica Thomas, Parker Adams, and Bethany Price.

Poetry Reading: Stephanie Burt | online, June 7, 2020
Poetry Reading: TC Tolbert | online, May 24, 2020
Poetry Reading: Eléna Rivera and Dominique Salas | online, May 16, 2020
Discussion: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker, with David Wilk and filmmaker Cathy Cook | online, April 17, 2020
Film Screening: The Collection by Paul McComas | online, April 17, 2020
Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin | online, April 10, 2020
Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre and José Felipe Alvergue | online, April 4, 2020

We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present. 

We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

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