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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
April 1 - May 15

Poem Image/Poem Object: Eric Nelson & Josie Osborne

readings & workshops
April 16 - May 7

Beginning Creative Writing with Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey

readings & workshops
May 8

Book Release: Roberto Harrison & Eric Elshtain

performances
May 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Sonic Communion [The Transatlantic Bridge]

readings & workshops
May 12

What Region? monograph launch with Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes

readings & workshops
May 16 -16

Workshop: Poetry and Politics Revisited: The Sixth Extinction with Lisa Jarnot

readings & workshops
May 16

Women of the Archives: Lisa Jarnot

readings & workshops
May 20

Book Release: Margaret Noodin, Weweni

performances
May 21

Formations presents Jess Lemont & Jay Mollerskov and The Oak Creek Ensemble

readings & workshops
May 23 -23

Woodland Crystal: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CAConrad

readings & workshops
May 23

Reading: CAConrad

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

Book Release: Roberto Harrison & Eric Elshtain

Friday, May 8
7:00pm, FREE

  Join us to celebrate the release of Roberto Harrison's bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015) and Eric Elshtain's This Thin Memory, A-ha (Verge Books, 2015).   Roberto Harrison is the author of the poetry collections Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus  Press, 2006), bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), culebra (Green Lantern Press, forthcoming 2015), Bridge of the  World (Litmus Press, forthcoming 2017), as well as of many poetry chapbooks. With Andrew Levy he edited  Crayon magazine from 1997 to 2008. He edits the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series…

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Alternating Currents Live presents Sonic Communion [The Transatlantic Bridge]

Sunday, May 10
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS

  This concert will reunite the first Transatlantic Bridge ensemble, who performed in Paris in 2013. Ensemble will include:   Douglas R. Ewart (reeds & winds) Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet & flugelhorn) Joëlle Léandre (double bass) Bernard Santacruz (double bass) Michael Zerang (percussion)   Sonic Communion (The Transatlantic Bridge) is a quintet of free spirits – living at the crossroads, seeking to liberate them – brought together by magnetic forces. On the French side, we find trumpet player Jean-Luc Cappozzo and bass players Joëlle Léandre and Bernard Santacruz. And we…

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What Region? monograph launch with Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes

Tuesday, May 12
7:00pm, FREE

"I sent University of Wisconsin Milwaukee a copy of T & G way back in Sept. A few days ago I wrote: Did you fail to receive? They answer they’ve placed it with regional materials. I should ask: What region—London, Wisconsin, New York?"  —Lorine Niedecker in her December 7, 1969 letter to Cid Corman   Come celebrate the launch of What Region?, a biannual series of pamphlets published by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker. To kick off the series, Martha Bergland and…

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Workshop: Poetry and Politics Revisited: The Sixth Extinction with Lisa Jarnot

May 16 - May 16
12:00pm, $35 GENERAL / $30 WPBC MEMBERS

  In this workshop we'll address the looming issue of what it means to be a hominid writer in the age of hominid extinction. We'll look at texts by CA Conrad, Anne Waldman, Lorine Niedecker, Alexandra Nemerov, and Brenda Coultas, and will write about our place in the ecosystem (feel free to bring inventories of what you consume and own, concerns about your environment, or even a bag of garbage to turn into art).     Lisa Jarnot will also give a reading…

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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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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
May 8 Friday, May 8
7:00pm, FREE
Book Release: Roberto Harrison & Eric Elshtain

  Join us to celebrate the release of Roberto Harrison's bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015) and Eric Elshtain's This Thin Memory, A-ha (Verge Books, 2015).   Roberto…

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performances
May 10 Sunday, May 10
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Alternating Currents Live presents Sonic Communion [The Transatlantic Bridge]

  This concert will reunite the first Transatlantic Bridge ensemble, who performed in Paris in 2013. Ensemble will include:   Douglas R. Ewart…

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readings & workshops
May 12 Tuesday, May 12
7:00pm, FREE
What Region? monograph launch with Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes

"I sent University of Wisconsin Milwaukee a copy of T & G way back in Sept. A few days ago…

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readings & workshops
May 16 May 16 - May 16
12:00pm, $35 GENERAL / $30 WPBC MEMBERS
Workshop: Poetry and Politics Revisited: The Sixth Extinction with Lisa Jarnot

  In this workshop we'll address the looming issue of what it means to be a hominid writer in the age…

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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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New Arrivals

Small Press a princess magic presto spell Lisa Jarnot
  Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets Edited by Timothy Yu, Afterword by Mg Roberts
  Alive Elizabeth Willis
  A Possible Bag Andrew Schelling
  Seam Tarfia Faizulla
  The Road Back to Sweetgrass Linda LeGarde Grover


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a princess magic presto spell by Lisa Jarnot

Small Press

"Lisa Jarnot writes the meter of everything in A Princess Magic Presto Spell. As she does this, she reminds us what matters. In case you don’t know, it is the small animals and the plum trees and the mothers of friends and the moon and her dreams. This book is funny and yet also is an elegy. I read it. And then I read it several more times because I didn't want it to end. It is that lovely." —Juliana Spahr

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