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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
August 25 - Oct 1

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

special events
August 30

Milwaukee Shines: Solar Group Buy

special events
September 8 -10

Indian Summer Festival: Language is Culture

readings & workshops
September 17

Poetry Reading & Talk: Julie Carr

readings & workshops
September 28

Poetry Reading: Stacy Blint, Rebecca Eland & Mark Tardi

readings & workshops
October 5

Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

exhibitions
October 11

Exhibition: Jen Bervin, Tactile Lanuguage

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

August 25 - October 1
11:00am, FREE

  EXHIBITION  Vicki, with an i Organized by Michelle Grabner August 25 – October 1, 2017 Vicki, with an i speaks to the changing power dynamics afforded woman in western culture.   Latin for ‘Victory” or “Conquer” the name descends from the Greek Goddess Nike. The artists included in this exhibition assert their authority and rights by dedicating time, craft, and critical imagination to a daily routine. Moreover, each artist freely evolves and stretches their visual language with the power that they accrue as woman.   Vicky, Vickie,…

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Indian Summer Festival: Language is Culture

September 8 - September 10
9:00am, Adults $15, Elders (60 and over) $12 and children 12 and under free.

  Woodland Pattern will once again be part of the annual Indian Summer Festival at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park.   As always, our tent at Indian Summer will feature hundreds of titles straight from the shelves of our bookstore, including sections for Native American history, languages, and children's books, to name just a few. We’re excited to share Indian Summer’s mission “to educate, preserve and promote American Indian cultures; showcase the diversity that exists within tribal cultures; and to strengthen communication and understanding.”

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Poetry Reading & Talk: Julie Carr

Sunday, September 17
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Join us for an evening with Julie Carr, poet & co-founder of Counterpath {Press + Bookstore + Gallery + Performance Space}. Carr will give a talk called On Property and Monstrosity about food justice gardening, gentrification, William Carlos Williams and the poetics of monstrosity. This will be immediately followed by a reading.  Images from the Counterpath Garden:  Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author…

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Legacy Fund


The Woodland Pattern Board announces the retirement of Anne Kingsbury as a Founding Executive Director on March 30, 2018.

Help sustain Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung's vision of a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.

Contribute Here

Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Aug 25 August 25 - October 1
11:00am, FREE
Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

  EXHIBITION  Vicki, with an i Organized by Michelle Grabner August 25 – October 1, 2017 Vicki, with an i speaks to the changing…

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special events
Sep 8 September 8 - September 10
9:00am, Adults $15, Elders (60 and over) $12 and children 12 and under free.
Indian Summer Festival: Language is Culture

  Woodland Pattern will once again be part of the annual Indian Summer Festival at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park.   As always, our tent…

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readings & workshops
Sep 17 Sunday, September 17
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Poetry Reading & Talk: Julie Carr

Join us for an evening with Julie Carr, poet & co-founder of Counterpath {Press + Bookstore + Gallery + Performance Space}. Carr…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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