• 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
readings & workshops
August 1

Poetry Reading: Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas 

readings & workshops
August 8

Poetry Reading: Poetry in the Park

special events
August 12

Joan LoPresti & Bob Danner

readings & workshops
August 13

Poetry Reading: Matthew Johnstone, Annie Grizzle & Nathan Fredrick



Help make Woodland Pattern possible! There are several membership tiers with various benefits, including a 10% discount on store merchandise, off event tickets, and off workshops. Other perks, depending on membership level, include free event tickets, a broadside, and public recognition at events. 

Membership Levels


Summer 2017 Arts Internships for high school students

Through partnerships between the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Department of Recreation and Community Services and local arts organizations, the MPS Arts Internship program provides high school students with paid internship opportunities to explore careers in the arts while also gaining practical and applicable job skills and work experience.

The Urban Youth Literary Arts Program (UYLAP) at Woodland Pattern provides free poetry camps to Milwaukee Public School students each summer. We are looking for one (1) UYLAP Intern who will work alongside Milwaukee Artists to teach writing workshops and provide feedback for students participating in camp. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: working with children of all ages and backgrounds in a professional manner; attending staff meetings prior to the start of camp; assisting with the set-up, delivery, and clean-up of planned activities and meals; posting photos and updates to UYLAP social media sites and blog each day; organizing handouts and journals each afternoon to prepare for the next day of programming.

COMPENSATION: $8.50 per hour

TIME COMMITMENT: The intern will work a total of 80 hours: 8 hours a day, 5 days a week from June 19-June 30. Interns are expected to be at Woodland Pattern for the start of camp at 8:30am and stay until students have been picked up at 4:30pm.


To apply for an MPS Arts Internship you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the start of the internship*
  • Be currently enrolled in high school (or an out-going senior)
  • Be a resident of the City of Milwaukee and/or attend an MPS school
  • Be available to work the schedule as determined by the organization and able to attend mandatory trainings/events hosted by MPS (dates/times TBD; a total of three throughout the summer)

*If you are hired and are under 18, you will need to obtain a work permit from your school for . You will be reimbursed by your employer for this cost.


Contact Jessi Carnes, Education Director by email: jessic@woodlandpattern.org.

In your email, include the following:

  • MPS Arts Internship Student Application Form (click here to download)
  • A letter of interest stating why you are interested in the internship and what you have to offer
  • A list of 1-3 professional references, including name, relation to you, phone number, and email address (references can include teachers, mentors, coaches, etc.; not family members or friends)


Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 31, 2017




We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the bookstore, during special events and for other short-term and long-term projects. After 15 hours, volunteers are eligible for a 30% discount on store merchandise and free admittance to events (some restrictions do apply). Please check back here often.

Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world, and any of the following volunteer, please contact Amanda at 414.263.5001 or amandar@woodlandpattern.org.

Weekend Bookstore Volunteers

Woodland Pattern is looking for an enthusiastic and reliable weekend Bookstore Volunteer on Saturdays and/or Sundays, 12pm-5pm. Bookstore volunteers are on a rotation so that it's not every weekend.

Required Availabilities: Saturdays and/or Sundays 12pm-5pm


Special Events Volunteers

We hold four (4) special events per year:

  • Poetry Marathon in January
  • Edible Books Show in April
  • Community Ties Raffle during Locust Street Festival in June 
  • Annual Anniversary Gala in November

Every year we call volunteers to ask if they're available to help out during the actual event. Call us to be added to the list.



We have several large mailings per year, everything from sending invitations to the Anniversary Gala to our annual Summer and End of the Year asks, and need help stuffing and stamping envelopes.


Membership Assistant

We are looking for a dedicated Membership Assistant available approximately 5 hours per week on site to assist with entering members information into our Book Log database. Volunteer should be detail-oriented, and familiar or comfortable with computers.


Inventory Assistant - Project Based

We are looking for a dedicated Inventory Associate available approximately 5 hours per week on site to assist with moving our broadside and rare books online so it is easier for our national audience to view and purchase it.


Managing Editor

We are looking for a dedicated Editor for our blog: woodlandpattern.wordpress.com.

With your help, we can put together a team to produce these sections of the blog, including:

  • Reviews Editor - commissioning and editing reviews; we have had great success building relationships with small presses. Often times we are able to get a review copy for the reviewer, who then gets to keep the book
  • First Tuesdays Editor - highlights one local poet on the first Tuesday of each month
  • Interviews Editor
  • April Poetry Month

Amanda Reavey, Director of Marketing & Development, began this blog in September, 2014 as a project for engaging the community. At this time, we would be very grateful to have a volunteer take the helm.

We would prefer to a volunteer who has experience with online blogging, editing, and writing, particularly for online literary magazines. However, we are also willing to work with someone who is a self-starter.

This can be done remotely, though we do ask for a monthly check-in at the store, if possible (or a phone call).