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Event Calendar
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special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 23 Friday, October 23
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Woodland Pattern Book Center is excited to host a reading with Afaa Michael Weaver, Laynie Browne & Matvei Yankelevich. 


Laynie Browne is the author of twelve collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collections of poems include P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel 2015), Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press 2015) and Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, one in English, and another in French, from Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havré (2014). Her work appears in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry (2013) as well as in Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013). Her honors include: a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award, the Contemporary Poetry Series Award, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Poetry.  She is co-editor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012) and is currently editing an anthology of original essays on the Poet’s Novel. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College. Forthcoming books include Deciduous Letters to Invisible Beloveds (Essay Press) and Amulet Sonnets (LRL Textile Series).


Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of twelve books of poetry, including The City of Eternal Spring(Pitt Poetry Series, 2014) and The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985-2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). He’s editor of These Hands I Know: African American Writers on Family (Sarabande Books, 2002). Weaver is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Pew fellowship, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, and was awarded the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for The Government of Nature (Pitt Poetry Series, 2013). He teaches at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

 

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut, and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea. A long poem, Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, will be released in Fall 2015, from Black Square Editions. He is the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms, and co-translator of the National Translation Award-winning An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He edits the Eastern European Poets Series for Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts, Queens College, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

 

 


 

Phantom Amulet

 

for Alice Notley


When I was alive in a faux city adamant

And unknown to myself, waxen
When I ordered a tulip to carry my mail

When you said you hadn’t livid fur spectacles
 

When I was burned, pallid as a witch

When we returned and took each other

Verdant—when the midwife asked me to rise

From the cognizance of an unknown stream

 

When a shell-hinged desk became possible

When you were no longer dying, disrobed

Voice of navy coal— I became an endless hollow

More emptying of maps than I could fathom

 

I was removed from a train of privatized

Constellations and lifted snow was no longer cold