• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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performances
March 12

An Evening with the Alash Ensemble

readings & workshops
March 14

A reading featuring Robert Adamson & Brita Bergland

performances
March 19

Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective performing John Zorn's COBRA

readings & workshops
March 22

Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community - Carl Bogner presents Steve Reinke & Elijah Burgher

readings & workshops
March 25

Book Release: Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, Justice Freedom Herbs

performances
March 29

Alternating Currents Live presents Julia Miller & Volcano Radar

readings & workshops
April 19

Celebrating recent publications by Wisconsin poets Tom Montag & Brent Christianson.

Featured Upcoming Events

An Evening with the Alash Ensemble

Thursday, March 12
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $6 WPBC MEMBERS

  Woodland Pattern is pleased to present an evening with the Alash Ensemble, masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the ancient art of throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time.  Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.   Bady-Dorzhu Ondar: vocals, igil, guitar Ayan-ool Sam: vocals, doshpuluur, igil, guitar Ayan Shirizhik:…

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Robert Adamson & Brita Bergland

Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, $8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $6 WPBC Members

  Born in 1943, Robert Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney in Australia. Over the past five decades he has produced twenty books of poetry. He has been awarded the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement, the Patrick White Award, and The Age Book of the Year Award for The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions, 2006). His most recent book is Net Needle (Flood Editions, 2015). He currently holds the…

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Formations Series: Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective performing John Zorn's COBRA

Thursday, March 19
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.   Cobra, taking its name from a popular World War II simulation board game, is an improvisational game piece created by New York-based saxophonist and composer John Zorn. In this piece, audiences will be entertained both aurally and visually as performers wave their hands and give signals to a prompter. The prompter then flashes cards to the performers that influence how the piece develops.…

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Shift: Carl Bogner presents Steve Reinke & Elijah Burgher

Sunday, March 22
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances, and exhibitions curated by local LGBTQ artists and focused on sex and gender diversity in the contemporary arts.   Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his work in video. He has screened at many festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, Oberhausen, Rotterdam and the BFI London Film Festival. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the…

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Featured Upcoming Events


performances
Mar 12 Thursday, March 12
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $6 WPBC MEMBERS
An Evening with the Alash Ensemble

  Woodland Pattern is pleased to present an evening with the Alash Ensemble, masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 14 Saturday, March 14
7:00pm, $8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $6 WPBC Members
Robert Adamson & Brita Bergland

  Born in 1943, Robert Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of…

Read More

performances
Mar 19 Thursday, March 19
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series: Prematurely Air-Conditioned Arts Collective performing John Zorn's COBRA

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.   Cobra, taking its…

Read More

readings & workshops
Mar 22 Sunday, March 22
2:00pm, $8 GENERAL / $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS / $6 WPBC MEMBERS
Shift: Carl Bogner presents Steve Reinke & Elijah Burgher

Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances,…

Read More

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New Arrivals

Small Press Nothing More to Lose Najwan Darwish
  The Devastation Melissa Buzzeo
  Citizen Claudia Rankine
  The Poetry Deal Diane Di Prima
  Milk & Filth Carmen Giménez Smith
  Life in a Box is a Pretty Life Dawn Lundy Martin


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Life in a Box is a Pretty Life by Dawn Lundy Martin

Small Press

Dawn Lundy Martin's Life in a Box is a Pretty Life investigates the ways in which language claims absolute knowledge and draws a box around lived experience. Martin writes poems that seek out moments when the box buckles, or breaks, poems that suggest there is more. Life in a Box is a Pretty Life continues Martin's investigation into what is produced in the interstices between the body, experience, and language, and how alternative narratives can yield some other knowledge about what it means to be black (or female, or queer) in contemporary America.

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