• 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
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit



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, 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).