Announcing two new fellowships for Milwaukee Poets!


Woodland Pattern is currently accepting applications for a paid Poetry Coalition Fellowship position. This position is 20 hours per week from September 5, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The stipend is $18,720 plus $1,000 toward health care. Sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, this program seeks to diversify the leadership of the nonprofit literary field, among other goals.

As of June 1, we will also be accepting applications for a new Milwaukee Emerging Poet Fellowship, open to Milwaukee poets between the ages of 20 and 30. Among other benefits, the fellow will receive a $1,000 award, a $500 book allowance, and a $2,000 project budget to launch a reading series, publication, press, or other literary arts project in collaboration with Woodland Pattern and its partners. This year's mentor is former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas.


Reading Group: Ping Pong Book Club

Wed. June 29 | 6-7 pm CDT | Open to the public

Ping Pong is currently reading Meiko Kawakami's Breasts and Eggs.

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And She Was Love: Paintings by Akindele John
On view through August


Kitchen Counter Poetics, a workshop with Chuck Stebelton

Sun. July 10, 17, & 24 | 2-4 pm CDT | $100 General ($90 Members) Scholarships available

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Poetry in the Park—At Juneau Park

Featuring readings from Portia Cobb, Lane Hall, Zack Pieper, and Duriel E. Harris


Tues. July 12 | 6:30 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Poetry Reading: Sue Blaustein and DeWitt Clinton

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

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Reading & Potluck: Kitchen Counter Poetics

Sun. July 31 | 2 pm CDT | Open to the public

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Open for browsing

Woodland Pattern is open for browsing! Please stop by, pick up a book, find a chair, and catch up on recent poetry titles. We will be happy to see you! (We strongly encourage masking up before your visit.)

You can also continue to visit our online book center to browse selections from our small-press inventory, or give us a call at (414) 263-5001 to see if we have a title in stock. As always, we are happy to place special orders, ship books to your home, and to offer contactless pick-up at your request.

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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.

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Phone: 414 263 5001

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Closed Mon

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