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Neighbor Spotlight – Cyrille & Sveta Davidson

Photo and Story by Julie Strand

Cyrille Davidson is a fourth grade student at Pierce Elementary School in Riverwest. She is also part of the Community Learning Center that takes place at Pierce until 5pm. After the regular school day commences, the school becomes a Community Learning Center of (CLC) and students are offered the option to participate in different activities such as African Dance, Chess Club, and Woodland Pattern’s Urban Youth Literary Arts after-school classes.

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Making a Poem out of Dionysus

Making a Poem out of Dionysus, Pneumatology, Equanimous, and Boobearalicious: 

The 16th Annual Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon & Benefit 

by Julie Strand


On Saturday January 30th, 2010 from 10am-1am Woodland Pattern will host it’s 16th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit. This year’s Marathon is EXTRA special because it will be the Kick-Off Event to launch Woodland Pattern’s 30th year! 

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New Years Events


compiled by Tess Reiss

Kids and grown ups can ring in the new decade right here in the neighborhood (or nearby) with ice skating, fireworks, and parties under the silvery full moon. Make the rounds on New Year’s Eve and then bring your camera to the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at Bradford Beach!


920 N Water St

Ice Skating 11AM-1AM. Festivities & Fireworks at midnight.

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What I’ve Learned

by Karl Gartung

A talk at the Chicago Poetry Project, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 

Preface: I’ll write here on what I’ve learned, or more accurately what I am learning since any state of knowledge for me is strictly provisional. My motto: I can’t share what I know, so must share what I am learning. I am skeptical even of that.