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Celebrate Woodland Pattern archive acquisition with the Department of Special Collections

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Woodland Pattern Book Center

If you have been up to the Department of Special Collections lately, you probably noticed the exhibit devoted to the recent acquisition of the Woodland Pattern Book Center archive. Woodland Pattern Book Center has been (and continues to be) a literary mainstay in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee. For more than thirty years it has played host to many poets, writers, and artists, giving them the opportunity to read and exhibit their work. The UW—Madison Libraries are honored to preserve and share this institution’s history. The exhibit, “Woodland Pattern Broadsides: Thirty Years of Poets Reading,” will be on display through March 7, 2014 and features items from the archive, including correspondence and thirty years’ worth of literary broadsides specially printed for readings at Woodland Pattern.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4:00-5:30pm, the Department of Special Collections (984 Memorial Library) will hold a celebratory event in honor of the acquisition. All are welcome to attend! Woodland Pattern Book Center founders Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung will talk about the genesis and growth, joys and challenges of Woodland Pattern. Chuck Stebleton, Woodland Pattern’s literary program director, will join the conversation to talk about past programming and the future of Woodland Pattern.

A hand-printed keepsake from Silver Buckle Press commemorating the UW-Madison Libraries’ acquisition of the Woodland Pattern archive will be available at the event.

At a glance:

  • What: Event in celebration of Woodland Patterns archive acquisition / Woodland Pattern Broadsides exhibit
  • Where: Department of Special Collections (984 Memorial Library)
  • When: Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:00-5:30pm / Exhibit on display through March 7, 2014
Woodland Pattern broadsides

A sampling of Woodland Pattern broadsides

For more information, contact Susan Barribeau at sbarribeau@library.wisc.edu or Robin Rider at rrider@library.wisc.edu

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