28th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Sat. & Sun. Jan. 29-30 | 10 am-10 pm CST both days
Registration for poets ends December 1, 2021. Sign up now!


Meditation & Reading Group: DhammaMKE

Wednesdays | 6 PM | $Give What You Can

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Screening: aCinema presents Exopoiesis

Available through the month of November

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Community Group: Readshop

Sat. Dec. 4 & 18 | 12:15-1:30 pm CST | $Give What You Can

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

Screening: aCinema’s December Program

Fri. Dec. 3 | 7 pm CST | $Give What You Can

Poetry Reading: Tiana Clark, Joshua Nguyen, and Julian Randall

Fri. Dec. 17 | 7 pm CST | $Give What You Can

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Reading Group: Here Comes the Argument

Tues. Dec. 14 | 6-7 pm CST | $Give What You Can

A new reading group focused on poetics, cultural studies, and critical theory led by Woodland Pattern Executive Directors Jenny Gropp and Laura Solomon. The first book to be discussed will be Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint.


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 have updated our Covid-19 safety policies!

After more than a year of closure, Woodland Pattern reopened to the public 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.

Since September, we have 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.

Beginning November 1, 2021, all event attendees will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test results within last 72 hours. You do not need to show proof of vaccination, however, to visit the book center. 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!


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