Adam Robinson and Robert Baumann on Woodland Pattern/ I read in Milwaukee tonight with Charles Gabel and Keith Gaustad

So here’s good news for the world–

two poets whose work I really like, Adam Robinson and Robert Baumann, recently had a correspondence at HTMLGIANT regarding some archival pictures and history of Milwaukee’s Woodland Pattern Book Center.  It is great.  Check it out.  Gives a brief overview of a few of the reasons why WP is such a remarkable entity in the greater arts landscape.  I left a novel of a comment, too, so don’t miss that.

And that is actually a decent segue because I am reading like a block away from Woodland Pattern tonight, with my homeboy’s Keith Gaustad and Charles Gabel (who’s visiting from Boise).  The series is hosted by Cynthia Spencer, another real staple Milwaukee poet, in my opinion.  I’ve posted a video of Keith (above) reading a poem inside Woodland Pattern, for to wetteth your appetite.  Maybe I’ll even post one of chuck later, if you’re lucky.  And here’s the details and a link to an invite, should you want that.  If you’re in the area, hope to see you there!


Thursday, August 18 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm


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The reading series formerly known as flight/theft/gaze/speech.

The People:

CHARLES GABEL is the author of the chapbook Pastoral, out from Strange Machine Books. He has lived in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boise.

KEITH GAUSTAD is from Milwaukee where he edits Burdock Magazine and manages bars at the Miramar Theater.

NICK DEMSKE lives in Racine, Wisconsin and shelves books at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled book was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the Fence Modern Poets Series Award in 2010 and was chosen as one of the year’s top 10 books of poetry by a Believer Magazine reader survey. One reviewer has said of it: “Not my cup of shit.” Yet another: “I’m offended and I want my eleven dollars back.” Right. So visit Nick sometime at


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