Events Calendar

Saturday, May 23 2020

May 23, 2020 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

This event has been postponed until 2021.

1st Annual Lynden Community Iron Pour

Join professionals, students, and enthusiasts from across the region in the dramatic spectacle of molten cast iron. Lynden’s second annual iron pour brings together some of the Midwest’s best cast iron artists for a day of workshops and demonstrations. More information coming soon.

May 23, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

A Discussion with Carl Bogner

Stephanie Burt, Advice from the Lights

In collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center

This discussion will be conducted via Zoom. It is free, but you must register to participate. Register online here. Free copies of Advice from the Lights are available for participants through Woodland Pattern Book Center. For more information about shipping and/or contactless pickup, please email Woodland Pattern’s Book Center Manager, Peter Burzynski:

Join us for a reading/discussion of Stephanie Burt's poetry collection, Advice from the Lights, part of the NEA Big Read. The discussion will be led by writer and curator Carl Bogner, of the UWM Film Department, who, for over two decades, directed Milwaukee's LGBT film festival.

Stephanie (formerly Stephen) Burt is a poet and critic whose reviews of comic books, fan fiction, science fiction, young adult novels, and, above all, poetry are widely known. Her 2013 TED talk “Why People Need Poetry” has been viewed more than a million times. Written during the “five-year period from the beginning to the end of the decisions [she’s] made about coming out as a trans woman” (Queer Guru TV), Advice from the Lights—her fourth full-length collection of poetry—is filled with talking objects and animals grappling with their unique identities: a hermit crab trying to find the right shell, a blue betta fish named Scarlet, and a roly-poly bug that doesn’t like the way it looks. Some poems imagine what her life would have been like if she had been raised a girl. They’re placed in stark contrast alongside other poems from her actual childhood raised as a boy. Burt’s collection is “deft, bubbly, poised, polished, consistently witty” (Lambda Literary), traveling “through a shape-shifting American childhood, a journey of multiple selves and genders that remixes ancient Greek poetry with ‘80s pop” (San Francisco Chronicle). “For all its insights into trans experience,” says the Boston Review, “Advice from the Lights is the brightest and most inviting of Burt’s collections for readers of any, all, and no genders.”

Read more about Stephanie Burt and Advice from the Lights at the NEA website:

May 23, 2020 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

In collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center


Each June, in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center, we host a visiting writer-in-residence and offer a workshop. This year, the two-day workshop with TC Tolbert will be held virtually.

Fee: $100 general/$90 members/$40 educators
Registration: Limited to 10 participants; advance registration required. Participants will receive instructions for access when they register for the workshop. This workshop will take place virtually. Register online via Woodland Pattern.

Living in quarantine, practicing social distancing, working from home, learning remotely: in a pandemic (if not all the time), the constraints of daily life are all too loud and overbearing. But poetry has long been a teacher for how to find freedom, even expansion, within constraint.

In this course, we will examine and experiment with both traditional received poetic forms and more contemporary (emerging) constraints in order to radically expand and deepen our perception of (the always) available poetic material. Participants will also be introduced to the tools of Compositional Improvisation* as a method for arriving newly at the page.

We will use text, movement, sound, and experiences in our own bodies to follow personal and collective impulses. We will discuss and practice emerging forms and what it means to create as individuals and as a distant but connected ensemble. By moving away from what we already know into a place of experiment (where learning happens!), this course will help students attend to what arrives, trust their own voices, and understand more fully the poetic impact of their choices. No movement experience necessary. Expect to write, stretch, laugh, and be moved. All are welcomed and encouraged!

*Building on the chance, (Soma)tic, conceptual, and collaborative techniques of poets, dancers, and musicians from the last 60 years, Compositional Improvisation explores intersections of text, body, architecture, space, collaboration, and attention in order to expand the range of what is possible for composition.

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