28th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit—ONLINE

Sat. & Sun. Jan. 29-30 | 10 am-10 pm CST both days
Performances from more than 250 poets and artists from Milwaukee and across the globe!
Temporary Closure 

Due to current positivity rates of Covid-19 in Milwaukee, Woodland Pattern will be closed to the public for browsing and in-person events throughout the month of January to protect our staff and community. 

Please visit our online book center to safely browse selections from our small-press inventory. You can also give us a call at (414) 263-5001 to place an order or to see if we have a title in stock. As always, we are happy to place special orders. Contactless pick-up will be available from 2–6 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  

In-person programs scheduled for January will either be presented virtually or rescheduled. Please check back for more details and thank you for helping us reduce the spread of Covid-19.


Community Group: Readshop

Sat. Jan. 8 & 22 | 12:15-1:30 pm CST | $Give What You Can

Starting in November, Readshop will read Susan Howe’s The Midnight

28th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Sat. Jan. 29 & Sun. Jan. 30, 2022 | 10 AM - 10 PM CST



Meditation & Reading Group: DhammaMKE

Wednesdays | 6 PM | $Give What You Can

DhammaMKE will be on pause until Woodland Pattern re-opens for in-person events. Please check back in February for updates.

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Revolutionary Art Criticism Residency


The Revolutionary Art Criticism Residency (RACR) will cultivate BIPOC writers who will work to develop their voices and offer their perspectives to the art community. These writers will lean into their experiences and traditions utilizing their vantage points and cultural frameworks to construct and digest meanings housed within works of art. The richness and depth gained by cultural competence is often lacking in traditional critique. The participants in RACR will provide a more accurate and authentic commentary. Fusing a more complete truth to what is written about art.

Interested candidates can find more information at the button below.

*NEW DEADLINE* Apply by January 23, 2022.

Volunteer Opportunity with A Line Meant


A Line Meant (ALM) is a statewide poetry exchange organized by Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton. Instructors will provide workshops to residents of the Wisconsin Department of Correction. Workshops will be conducted Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm. Instructors may choose the day/s and times that work well within their schedule. All workshops will be hosted virtually between 30 and 90 minutes.

The goal of A Line Meant is to trade stories and poems between neighbors and to humanize community conversations around incarceration and reentry. All Wisconsin residents are encouraged to participate, especially residents of Wisconsin prisons. 

We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present. 

We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

Read our statement on racial justice

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414 263 5001

Hours: Tues–Sun | 12-7 pm (starting June 1)

Closed Mon

Contactless pick-up: Wed–Fri | 2–6 pm, Sat | 2–5 pm

Building Accessibility: Despite the age of our physical location, and attendant limitations to access, Woodland Pattern is committed to making its programs and facilities available for as many as possible. Please call for more information.

Events Accessibility: Woodland Pattern is able to offer captioning services for its online events and with advanced notice can provide ASL interpretation for live events. Please contact us with accommodation requests and questions.

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