• 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
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Nov 5 Thursday, November 5
7:00pm, Pay What You Can

Facilitated by Jessi Carnes & Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey, this is a reading & discussion series introducing the work & writing practices of writers in the contemporary literature & arts scene. The series will provide participants an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of our visiting writers before those writers arrive at Woodland Pattern.

Our discussion on Thursday, November 5 will focus on the work of genre-defying poet, Alice Notley, whose decades-long commitment to literary disobedience has given us one of the most wide-ranging and important bodies of work in contemporary American poetry. Notley has authored dozens of books, including Culture of One (Penguin Books, 2011), Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005 (Wesleyan, 2008). She has authored several award-winning volumes, including Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin, 1998), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Disobedience (Penguin, 2001), recipient of the Griffin International Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Notley was awarded the Poetry Foundation’s prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize earlier this year.


Alice Notley is the featured performer at Woodland Pattern's 2015 Anniversary Gala on Friday, November 13. Join us as we celebrate our 35th year!


If you plan to attend the November 5 discussion, please RSVP to Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey:
amandar@woodlandpattern.org or (414) 263-5001. 

Series Schedule

Thursday, September 10, 7pm-8pm: Joan Kane

Saturday, October 17, 2pm-3pm: Cecilia Vicuña

Thursday, November 5, 7pm-8pm: Alice Notley

Tuesday, November 10, 7pm-8pm: Brenda Coultas


Copies of each artist's books will be available at Woodland Pattern prior to the scheduled discussion. All discussions are FREE and open to the public!