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Wednesday, June 6 2018

June 6, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Duriel E. Harris

Presented in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Fee: $175/$160 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only).
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone 414-446-8794.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden and Woodland Pattern present Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy, a workshop with writer-in-residence Duriel E. Harris. Harris will give a reading at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm, and the workshop will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 8 at 6 pm.

In this workshop we will sit with the vulnerability that accompanies our aliveness toward enriching our writing and art-making practices. Using the essay “The Light of Death” (Harriet Blog, April 2018) and its associated terrain as anchor and springboard, we will explore the insights perceptions gleaned from our embodied experiences as material for Experiments in Joy. (For more on Experiments in Joy see here:

Participants are encouraged to read the essay “The Light of Death” in advance and journal about what they find stimulating, provocative, and/or meaningful while reading. How have you contended with death or mortality? What responses to (human) suffering do you see in your writing? How do you work with this material to make art? Where have you found love where you thought none could abide?

Participants are invited to bring journal entries and poem drafts as well as pertinent, intriguing and/or provocative phrases, passages, verses, images, lyrics/songs by other writers/artists/thinkers to share and use in making/writing. We will explore these materials with an acknowledgment of the shared connection of interbeing, approaching our craft through practices of generosity and exchange.

About Duriel E. Harris

Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, and sound artist. She is author of three print volumes of poetry, including her most recent, No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010). Multi-genre works include her one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. Recent and upcoming appearances include performances at the Lake Forest College Allan L. Carr Theatre, the Chicago Jazz Festival (with Douglas Ewart & Inventions), the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Naropa Capitalocene, The Votive Poetics Workshop (New Zealand), and Festival Internacional de Poesía de La Habana (Cuba).

Cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective, Harris has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including BAX, Mandorla, The &Now Awards, Of Poetry & Protest, Ploughshares, Troubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; and her compositions have been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees in Literature from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Writers.

The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

See more on her website at

Dates at Lynden: June 6-June 8

Wednesday, June 6 - 1-4 pm
Thursday, June 7 - 1-4 pm
Friday, June 8 - 1-4 pm (with a reading and reception at 6 pm)

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Wednesday, June 6 - 7 pm
Reading: Duriel E. Harris
$8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members
FREE for participants in Writing in the Light of Death
This event takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212

Friday, June 8 - 6 pm
Workshop Reading & Celebration
Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.
This event takes place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public.

June 6, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

In the warmer months, Lynden stays up until 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, a perfect time to visit the garden for a picnic or stroll.

Please note: if it is quiet on Wednesday evenings, we may close the gates by 6:30 pm. Therefore, if you're planning a later visit (between 6:30 and 7:30 pm), please call 414-446-8794 to alert us.

June 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 618 high res

Fee: $22/$18 members - includes an autographed copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, refreshments from MKE Localicious, and admission to the sculpture garden. Come early to stroll the grounds. This event is now sold out. You may be interested in our next event with Jenna Blum, author of The Lost Family, August 9.

Margy Stratton, founder and executive producer of Milwaukee Reads produces this series of events featuring writers of particular interest to women.

Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Books welcome Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, to the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm.

About Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

About the Author

Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress and is Honeyman’s debut novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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