After more than a year of closure, Woodland Pattern finally reopened on June 1, 2021. Our new hours are 12–7 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Masks remain required of all visitors. Please also visit our online book center to safely browse our small-press inventory. We are continuing to offer contactless pickup, and as always we are happy to place special orders.

As of September, we have also begun offering some in-person and hybrid programs, in addition to online programs. Capacity for gallery attendance is capped at 15 and advanced registration via Eventbrite is required. Masks are also required. (There is no capacity limit for outdoor events like Poetry in the Park.) You can learn more about how to register for in-person attendance at Woodland Pattern by following the event links below or visiting our interactive calendar.

As circumstances shift, Woodland Pattern will continue to make decisions based on public health guidelines, so please be sure to check back here and/or on social media for updates as event dates draw near. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience!


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. 

Upcoming Workshop!

Applied Hauntology for Writers: A Workshop with Rachel Kincaid *ONLINE*

Sun. Oct. 17, 24, & 31 | 2–4 PM CDT | $100 ($90 Members) 

A limited number of scholarships are available. Writers who are low-income and/or of marginalized identities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Community Group: Readshop *ONLINE*

Sat. Oct. 16 & 30 | 12:15-1:30 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

10/16: Johnson’s literary executor, Peter O’Leary, will discuss sections from Johnson’s ARK, following a continuum from the early poems (including Green Man).

10/30: Readshop participants will share their own interactions with Green Man, including research, creative workings, favorite sections, and other points of interest. Depending on the day’s conversation, the group may start rereading the book. (If needed, a final session to re-read the book aloud will be held on 11/7.)

Conversation: Lois Bielefeld’s To commit to memory *HYBRID*

Sat. Oct. 16 | 7 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Meditation & Reading Group: DhammaMKE *IN-PERSON*

Wednesdays | 6 PM | $Give What You Can

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Reading: Paula Goldman & Kathie Giorgio *HYBRID* 

Thurs. Oct. 21 | 7 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Book Release & Reading: Hope Is the Thing *HYBRID*

Thurs. Oct. 28 | 7 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Screening: aCinema presents The Mist That Carries Phantoms *ONLINE*

Available to view through October


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.

© Woodland Pattern 2021