Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center are excited to host Milwaukee Poet Laureate Matt Cook as our fall writer-in-residence. For his weekend residency, Matt will give a reading at Woodland Pattern on Friday evening, October 2, and conduct a writing workshop at Lynden on Saturday, October 3.
Why Defend the Kingdom of Dullness?
It’s a rhetorical question. It’s actually Kenneth Koch’s rhetorical question, but that’s not the point. The point is not to defend the kingdom of dullness. But don’t worry, in this workshop I will not judge how dull you are, and it wouldn’t matter if I did: some extraordinarily dull writers are hugely successful. And it’s important to remember that they got successful by not listening to people like me! Still, I think I’m pretty snappy and I’ve been writing and thinking and talking about poetry for a long time. Anyway, come to Lynden and we'll write some poems. Then we'll try to say some smart things about them with the hope of amusing ourselves and perhaps even making the poems better. And if we don’t come up with anything good, we’ll read a few poems by writers who have.
The workshop takes place at:
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217
$65 | $60 for members of WPBC or Lynden Sculpture Garden (one discount only)
Register online or call Woodland Pattern Book Center: 414-263-5001.
Matt Cook graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master’s Degree in English, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis, and lectured extensively at both universities. He’s the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard, Eavesdrop Soup, The Unreasonable Slug, and most recently, Proving Nothing to Anyone from Publishing Genius Press. His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. Many of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio, and Cook himself has performed his poetry on television and radio. He appeared in the five-part PBS series The United States of Poetry. He lives in Milwaukee, WI where he is currently serving as the city's Poet Laureate.
Matt Cook will give a FREE reading on Friday, October 2, 7 pm at Woodland Pattern Book Center