Sun. September 15 | 10 am-2 pm 

The Cooperage | 822 S. Water Street

Hosted at The Cooperage, our second annual Brunchraiser will feature a sit-down, family-style brunch with an exciting cocktail menu; a keynote reading by former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; musical performances; a silent auction; and various activities and entertainment—including tarot readings, a poetry "confessional booth" attended by poet and Deliverer of Dreams Mathias Svalina, and another fabulous Poetry Catwalk featuring Milwaukee poets and artists.

Honorees are long-serving volunteer Yuchen Zhao, former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas, and Woodland Pattern Co-Founder Karl Gartung. This year's costume theme is "Sunday Best" so come dressed for Poetry Church!

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The Brunchraiser will benefit Woodland Pattern's most underfunded programs: The Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate and Milwaukee Emerging Poet Fellowship programs, aCinema Film Series & Festival, and the Alternating Currents Live concert series. Funds raised will also help underwrite all our gallery exhibitions and visual art programming.

Join us in our work to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange, and to support poets and artists working at both the intersections and the margins!

Screening: aCinema Summer Screening Series
Fri. July 19 @ 7 PM | Sat. July 20 @ 3 PM, 5 PM, & 7 PM | Sun. July 21 @ 5 PM & 7 PM | $Give What You Can
Open Mic: resound return

Fri. July 26 | 7 pm CDT | Open to the public

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Community: Ping Pong Book Club

Tue. July 30 | 6-7 PM | Open to AAPI

Community: Readshop
*ONLINE on Zoom*

Tue. July 31 | 6-7:15 PM | Open to the public

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Exhibition: and now i am lost in it, work by Parker Markin
*ON VIEW through Aug. 11*
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Read Our Annual Report

Woodland Pattern's 2022 annual report is available to view online. You can also download a PDF by clicking on the button below or request a print version by mail. Learn about our programming efforts, revenue sources, and how we spent our funds. 

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Visit our unique collection of small-press poetry

Did you know Woodland Pattern is home to a nationally recognized collection of over 25,000 small-press poetry titles? To the largest selection of haiku in North America? To the biggest selection of books by Native American authors in Wisconsin? To broadsides, zines, chapbooks, pamphlets, and other hand-made items? 

The dissemination of independent literature—particularly poetry, unconventional texts, works that honor bookmaking as a visual art, books by small- and micro-press publishers, and literature by writers from historically marginalized backgrounds—has been central to our purpose since our founding. Our inventory decisions are mission-driven, allowing us to support writers and publishers in ways that are inconceivable for a commercial bookseller.

Come in and discover. We encourage visitors to read and study at their leisure, and to use our space to learn more about poetry, book arts, and small-press publishing. You can also visit our online book center to browse selections from our  inventory, or give us a call at (414) 263-5001 to see if we have a title in stock. As always, we will gladly place special orders, ship books to your home, and offer contactless pick-up at your request.

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

Closed Mon

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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