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: 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.

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 & 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, & 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 & Jennifer Steele | online, September 18, 2020
Poetry Reading: Roberto Harrison & Peter O'Leary | online, September 10, 2020
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 & Dominique Salas | online, May 16, 2020
Discussion: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker, with David Wilk & 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 & 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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Events Accessibility: Woodland Pattern is able to offer captioning services for its online events and with advanced notice can provide ASL interpretation for live events. Please contact us with accommodation requests and questions.

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