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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
March 17 - Apr 16

Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

readings & workshops
March 25

Poetry Reading: Ronaldo V. Wilson

readings & workshops
March 28

Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration

readings & workshops
March 31

Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live

readings & workshops
April 1

Poetry Reading: Daniel Poppick & Jessica Laser

special events
April 2

11th Annual Edible Books Show

readings & workshops
April 5

Poetry Reading: Amish Trivedi & Tessy Ward

readings & workshops
April 6

Poetry Reading: Buck Downs & Tom Hibbard

readings & workshops
April 9

Poetry Reading: Stacy Szymaszek & Ariel Goldberg

special events
April 12

Reading & discussion group

film & video
April 14

Screening: Through a Queer Eye Darkly: Fanorama Zine Film Archives

 

Featured Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

March 17 - April 16
6:00pm, FREE

Join us as we welcome guest curator Milo Miller of the Queer Zine Archive Project for an exhibition of page 'blow-ups' from the archive. This program is part of Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ+ Community, a series of exhibitions, readings & performances celebrating work by LGBTQ+ writers & artists.   Pulling from the zines in the collection at QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project, and specifically featuring the work of Reb, the creator of the long-running Fanorama, this is an exhibition of…

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Poetry Reading: Ronaldo V. Wilson

Saturday, March 25
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Join us as we welcome poet & professor Ronaldo V. Wilson for a reading guest curated by Soham Patel. This program is part of Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of exhibitions, readings & performances celebrating work by LGBTQ+ writers & artists.     Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Poems of the Black Object…

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Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration

Tuesday, March 28
7:00pm, FREE

  Join us for a poetry reading featuring Margaret Noodin, Alexandria Delcourt, and Franklin K.R. Cline, along with former Wisconsin poets laureate, Denise Sweet and Kimberly Blaeser!   As a member of the Poetry Coalition, Woodland Pattern is hosting this program as part of Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, a series of Coalition-wide events in which each member organization will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.    Woodland Pattern's program, in partnership…

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Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live

Friday, March 31
7:00pm, FREE

  We're excited to partner with Boswell Book Company in welcoming Evelyn M. Perry, author of Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood. Please join us for this discussion of Live and Let Live, a book about Riverwest!    “We are in a bind,” writes Evelyn M. Perry. While conventional wisdom asserts that residential racial and economic integration holds great promise for reducing inequality in the United States, Americans are demonstrably not very good at living with difference. Perry’s analysis of the multiethnic,…

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Poetry Reading: Buck Downs & Tom Hibbard

Thursday, April 6
7:00pm, FREE

  A native of Jones County, Miss., Buck Downs’ previous books include Tachycardia (Edge Books) and You Can’t Get Enough of What You Really Don’t Need (Private Edition). He works as an executive writing coach and lives in Washington, DC. Other work appears in issue #11 of Touch the Donkey.   Among Tom Hibbard’s recent credits are poems in Cricket Online Review and contributions to an Egyptian international poetry anthology.  Also Hibbard has had reviews and essays published in recent issues of Big…

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Featured Upcoming Events


exhibitions
Mar 17 March 17 - April 16
6:00pm, FREE
Exhibition: Kweerblam! - A Queer Zine Art Show

Join us as we welcome guest curator Milo Miller of the Queer Zine Archive Project for an exhibition of page…

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readings & workshops
Mar 25 Saturday, March 25
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Poetry Reading: Ronaldo V. Wilson

Join us as we welcome poet & professor Ronaldo V. Wilson for a reading guest curated by Soham Patel. This…

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readings & workshops
Mar 28 Tuesday, March 28
7:00pm, FREE
Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration

  Join us for a poetry reading featuring Margaret Noodin, Alexandria Delcourt, and Franklin K.R. Cline, along with former Wisconsin poets laureate,…

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readings & workshops
Mar 31 Friday, March 31
7:00pm, FREE
Evelyn M. Perry, Live and Let Live

  We're excited to partner with Boswell Book Company in welcoming Evelyn M. Perry, author of Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in…

Read More

readings & workshops
Apr 6 Thursday, April 6
7:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Buck Downs & Tom Hibbard

  A native of Jones County, Miss., Buck Downs’ previous books include Tachycardia (Edge Books) and You Can’t Get Enough of…

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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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