• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
May 28

Reading: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson & Mark Zimmerman

special events
June 2 -5

Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling

performances
June 13 -13

BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents 

Bird House: An unfolding of events in real time with real people

special events
June 14

Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

performances
June 18

Formations presents Scrawl & Devin Drobka's BELL DANCE SONGS

readings & workshops
June 20

Book Release: Devin Johnston & Nate Klug

Featured Upcoming Events

Reading: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson & Mark Zimmerman

Thursday, May 28
7:00pm, FREE

  Join us for a reading featuring three Milwaukee poets: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson, and Mark Zimmermann, and to celebrate the publication of Mark Zimmermann's latest poetry collection, Impersonations (Pebblebrook Press, 2015).     Despite being a life-long consumer of poetry, Ed Werstein spent 22 years in manufacturing and union activity  before his muse awoke and dragged herself out of bed. His sympathies lie with poor and working people. He  advocates for peace and against corporate power. A member of the Wisconsin Fellowship…

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Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance

June 2 - June 5
$200/$185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center present an intensive workshop at Lynden with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling. In addition to the scheduled hours, each participant will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Andrew Schelling for individualized feedback and discussion of his or her work. The workshop will begin with a reading by Schelling at Woodland Pattern on May 31 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June…

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BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents Bird House

June 13 - June 13
12:00pm, FREE

  BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents Bird House: An unfolding of events in real time with real people   Bird House is a performative experience for all to engage. This interactive journey calls attention to the repetitive motions of our everyday occurrence. Housed within Woodland Pattern Book Center for four hours the troupe will unfold multiple vignettes comprised of text, animated projections, movement, and sound. Bricolage Bizarre’s is a gentle choreography of the handmade, offering glimpses of humor through monologue, poetic movement, and a dialogue of sounds. The viewer…

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Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

Sunday, June 14
FREE

Join us at the 39th annual Locust Street Festival of Music & Art as we hold our Community Ties Raffle: "Buy a Bad Tie for a Good Cause!" In the gallery, local champs Renato Umali and Eric Ziegeweid will lead a Scrabble tournament. No better way to kick off summer in Milwaukee.   

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Book Release: Devin Johnston & Nate Klug

Saturday, June 20
7:00pm, FREE

  A reading to celebrate the publication of Devin Johnston’s Far-Fetched (FSG, 2015) and Nate Klug’s Anyone (U of Chicago, 2015).   Photo: Juno Gemes  Born in 1970, Devin Johnston spent his childhood in North Carolina. He is the author of four      previous books of poetry and two books of prose, including Creaturely and Other Essays. He works for Flood  Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University  in Missouri.   "Far-Fetched figures the lyric poet as a weaver of glimmering, delicate threads…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
May 28 Thursday, May 28
7:00pm, FREE
Reading: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson & Mark Zimmerman

  Join us for a reading featuring three Milwaukee poets: Ed Werstein, Thomas J. Erickson, and Mark Zimmermann, and to celebrate…

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special events
Jun 2 June 2 - June 5
6:00pm, $200/$185 for members of either WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden
Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance

Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center present an intensive workshop at Lynden with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling. In addition to…

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performances
Jun 13 June 13 - June 13
12:00pm, FREE
BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents Bird House

  BRICOLAGE BIZARRE COLLABORATIVE presents Bird House: An unfolding of events in real time with real people   Bird House is a performative experience for all to…

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special events
Jun 14 Sunday, June 14
6:00pm, FREE
Locust Street Festival of Music & Art

Join us at the 39th annual Locust Street Festival of Music & Art as we hold our Community Ties Raffle:…

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readings & workshops
Jun 20 Saturday, June 20
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: Devin Johnston & Nate Klug

  A reading to celebrate the publication of Devin Johnston’s Far-Fetched (FSG, 2015) and Nate Klug’s Anyone (U of Chicago, 2015).   Photo:…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Weweni Margaret Noodin
  Ecodeviance CA Conrad
  Increase Lapham & Lorine Niedecker Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes
  Lorine Niedecker’s Century 1903-2003 Jenny Penberthy
  This Thin Memory A-Ha Eric Elshtain
  bicycle Roberto Harrison


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Ecodeviance by CA Conrad

Small Press

This series of 23 new (Soma)tic poetry rituals and resulting poems by CAConrad create what we can refer to as an "extreme present" set to reveal the creative viability of everything around us. Poetry rituals such as riding escalators and showing photographs of himself to strangers asking, "Excuse me, have you seen this person?" In another he pollinates flowers for security cameras, exclaiming, "I'M A POLLINATOR, I'M A POLLINATOR!" One was written with a ghost, another by stargazing to build his own constellations. (Soma)tic rituals are a practice of unorthodox steps aimed at breaking us out of the quotidian and into a more political and physical spiritual consciousness of The New Wilderness.

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