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SATURDAY, MARCH 17, Woodland Pattern will host a reading with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jay Besemer, and Jose-Luis Moctezuma. The reading was organized by Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Roberto Harrison. WoodlandPattern is part of The Poetry Coalition , an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations across the UnitedStates. The Poetry Coalition is devoting March 2018 to programming on the theme

“Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body .”

This will be the second year of joint programming on a theme of social importance. In March 2017 the coalition addressed migration in a series of poetry readings, social media projects, panel discussions, writing workshops, and digital publications that reached 100,000 individuals in 11 cities.

Programming in March 2018 will include a range of events and publications that address issues including mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care. The phrase “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live” is an excerpt from the poem “Flores Woman” in Tracy K. Smith’s collection Duende. Smith was named the U.S. Poet Laureate in June, 2017.

Poetry Coalition members believe that poetry can be a positive way to share information, spark increased empathy and understanding, and contribute to public debate. Its programmatic efforts are supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Find and promote projects with the hashtags: #MyDreamingMyLoving and #PoetryCoalition.

For updated information about the Poetry Coalition, visit Poets.org/poetry-coalition.

About the Poetry Coalition

Launched in 2015, the Poetry Coalition is an alliance of America’s leading nonprofit literacy organizations dedicated to the perseverance and celebration of poetry in our everyday lives. The Academy of American Poets is the administrative and fiscal lead for the coalition.

About the Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934 in New York City, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

About Woodland Pattern

Woodland Pattern Book Center was founded as a non-profit organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Riverwest neighborhood by Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung in 1979. The center houses a bookstore with over 25,000 small press titles otherwise unavailable in our area. Because we are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, our inventory decisions aren’t dictated entirely by commercialism. As booksellers and as presenters of art and literature, we want people to know that there is more than what you see at your chain book store, more than you are taught in school, more than what is reviewed in the papers. We hope to act as a catalyst, putting readers together with small press literature. Come browse our selection of poetry, chapbooks, fine print materials, broadsides, and multicultural literature. We think you’ll be impressed!

Our space also includes an art gallery where we present exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for adults and children.