• 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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readings & workshops
August 31 - Sep 28

Sister Carrie Book Club 

exhibitions
September 15 - Oct 30

In the Gallery: Celebrating the Art of David McLimans

readings & workshops
September 25

Book Release: Michael O’Leary, Peter O’Leary & Amy Evans

performances
September 27

MSO Pop-up Performance

readings & workshops
September 29 -30

Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Series

readings & workshops
October 7

Book Release: James Belflower & Matthew Klane, Canyons

readings & workshops
October 8

Poetry Reading: Craig Santos Perez & Garrett Caples

readings & workshops
October 9 -9

The Poetics of Food, Culture, and the Environment with Craig Santos Perez

readings & workshops
October 13

Book Release: Lewis Freedman, Residual Synonyms for the Name of God

special events
October 14 -15

Offsite: Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival

 

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Norma Cole

 

performances
October 20

Formations Series presents Grassel/Nelson-Raney Duo & PaVda + Amanda Schoofs

readings & workshops
October 21

Offsite Event: cream city Live! at UWM

readings & workshops
October 23

Book Release: John Corbett, A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation

 

performances
October 30

Alternating Currents Live presents Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg

special events
November 11

36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

readings & workshops
December 10 -11

Insurgent Alchemy with Anne Boyer

Featured Upcoming Events

Sister Carrie Book Club

August 31 - September 28
6:00pm, FREE

  In anticipation of the October 7 world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie, we hope you’ll join Woodland Pattern and the Florentine Opera Company as we read the classic novel by Theodore Dreiser.   The book club will meet at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday evenings starting August 31. Each week will feature an exciting sneak peek at arias from the opera, with Q&A opportunities from the stage director William Florescu, local historian John Gurda, the Grammy-winning composer and librettist Robert Aldridge and…

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In the Gallery: Celebrating the Art of David McLimans

September 15 - October 30
6:00pm, FREE

  Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, book sketches, and sophisticated editorial illustrations. McLimans’ children’s books, including Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (2007), recognized as a Caldecott Honor Medalist and a New York Times Illustrated Book of the Year, will be available for browsing in the store.       David McLimans (1948–2014) was born in Beaver Dam and attended…

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MSO Pop-up Performance

Tuesday, September 27
7:00pm, FREE

  Woodland Pattern is excited to participate in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Symphony in the Neighborhood: Harambee and Riverwest residency. MSO performers and staff will visit Woodland Pattern starting at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 27 for a pop-up performance.    This event is FREE and open to all! So stop by to chat with MSO Musicians and neighbors, and enjoy a pop-up performance of delightful tunes.   More information about Symphony in the Neighborhood, including a full list of participating venues, is available here.     

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Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Series

September 29 - September 30
12:00pm, Various Prices, See Below

  Mark your calendars for a special series of events with Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Laura Tohe, sponsored by the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative (MNALC).   Code Talker Stories: A Conversation with Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Thursday, September 29 | 12 PM UWM in Union 191   Poetry Reading: Laura Tohe Thursday, September 29 |  7 PM at Woodland Pattern Book Center 720 E. Locust St. $8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members   Craft Talk w/ Laura Tohe Friday, September 30 | 11 AM UWM in Greene…

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36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

Friday, November 11
5:30pm, Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple; Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door

  For this year's Anniversary Gala we’re excited to welcome poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles!   Join us on Friday, November 11th at Centennial Hall at the Milwaukee Public Library - Central Branch 814 W. Wisconsin Ave  Milwaukee, WI 53233   TICKETS Reception & Program - Individual $80.00 USDReception & Program - Couple $150.00 USDProgram Only $25.00 USD   Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door   SCHEDULE   5:30 pm Reception Cash bar, catered hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, mingling with Gala…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Aug 31 August 31 - September 28
6:00pm, FREE
Sister Carrie Book Club

  In anticipation of the October 7 world premiere of the opera Sister Carrie, we hope you’ll join Woodland Pattern and…

Read More

exhibitions
Sep 15 September 15 - October 30
6:00pm, FREE
In the Gallery: Celebrating the Art of David McLimans

  Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the life and art of David McLimans. This posthumous exhibition includes a selection of the…

Read More

performances
Sep 27 Tuesday, September 27
7:00pm, FREE
MSO Pop-up Performance

  Woodland Pattern is excited to participate in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Symphony in the Neighborhood: Harambee and Riverwest residency. MSO…

Read More

readings & workshops
Sep 29 September 29 - September 30
12:00pm, Various Prices, See Below
Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Series

  Mark your calendars for a special series of events with Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Laura Tohe, sponsored by the Milwaukee…

Read More

special events
Nov 11 Friday, November 11
5:30pm, Reception & Program: $80 Individual | $150 Couple; Program Only: $25 Advance | $30 Door
36th Anniversary Gala featuring Eileen Myles

  For this year's Anniversary Gala we’re excited to welcome poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles!   Join us on Friday,…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press The Sexual Organs of the IRS and Other Poems Bernadette Mayer & Jennifer Karmin
  River Ross Gay & Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.
  Rhabdomantics Beth Towle
  culebra Roberto Harrison
  OLIO Tyehimba Jess


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culebra by Roberto Harrison

Small Press

"In these strange, open-eyed, open-hearted, beautiful poems, there is nowhere to stand, or there is everywhere specific. I feel as if I am looking at Borges' aleph: sacred mutating representatives of every category—weather animals language pain geographies software—announce themselves, declare connectednesses I'd never have predicted. This journey, this snake moves through lived experience like breath from the underside of time." —Catherine Wagner

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