• 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



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




We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the bookstore and during special events. Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world and book store operations, please contact Marla Sanvick at marlas@woodlandpattern.org or 414.263.5001 

After 15 hours, volunteers are eligible for a 30% discount on store merchandise and free admittance to events (some restrictions do apply).

Bookstore Volunteers

Woodland Pattern is looking for enthusiastic and reliable Bookstore Volunteers! We are in need of volunteers to help fill Tuesday-Friday 5-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12p-5p. Weekend availability required.

Bookstore volunteers are on a rotation so that no one person works every weekend.

Join our team and volunteer!

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.