• 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
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the bookstore, during special events, and in other capacities. Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world and of 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 work on a rotating schedule so that no one person works every weekend.

Special Events Volunteers

We hold four 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.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently searching for volunteers interested in working closely with specific staff on specialized projects. Inquire for more information to volunteer in these areas:

  • Marketing, Social Media, & Development
  • Programming, Inventory, & Distribution
  • Systems & Data Management

Join our team and volunteer!

Donate

For almost forty years, our doors have remained open to further a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.  We are proud to play an important role in bringing together artists and communities with programs.

As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization, we could not have done it without you. 

With your support, Woodland Pattern:

  • Hosts over 250 events annually—poetry readings, film screenings, musical performances, and art exhibitions
  • Provides after-school and summer literary arts education to over 300 students in the Riverwest/Harambee area
  • Engages over 15,000 people each year from the greater Milwaukee area and beyond
  • Has presented and supported thousands of local, regional, and international authors and artists 

If you have benefited from our programs in the past, or have been touched in any way by the work we do, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. 

THOSE WHO DONATE $35 OR MORE RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY YEAR-LONG MEMBERSHIP.

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