• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Featured Upcoming Events

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, December 7 Saturday, December 14 Saturday, January 4 Saturday, January 18 Readshops led by Karl Gartung: Participants will dive into foundational works from the 20th century, beginning with works by “Objectivist" poets such as Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker. We will be reading the poetry aloud and discussing it as questions arise, on the spot, as deeply as needed. The only prerequisite is curiosity.…

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Dhamma MKE

July 3 - December 30
11:00am, $Give What You Can

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM Dhamma MKE is a breath-based meditation circle established to cultivate awareness in ourselves, our community, and beyond. Sessions will consist of two twenty-minute sitting sessions, a short walking meditation, and a brief reading for contemplation/inspiration. All are welcome. Please bring your own cushion and/or blanket. Chairs will be available for those who request them. Led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch. Follow them on…

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Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

October 22 - December 31
6:00pm, $Give What You Can

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour sessions will be a time of conversation and writing poems, songs, short stories, or that novel you always wanted to try. Even if you’ve never tried to write, come along for the fun! We’ll have plenty of mud (coffee) too. This group will be led by Bob koshin Hanson, USN, reserves. Hanson is a Vietnam-era vet, and a writer and…

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Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

November 10 - December 8
3:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member

In this four-session workshop, we’ll focus on creating tension and surprise in poetry by exploring contemporary poems that shift focus, leaving us disoriented and shaken awake in the end. We’ll pay attention to the moments that push these poems in new directions and how their endings satisfy our expectations. Based on our readings and with the help of writing exercises, we’ll draft poems that make similar use of a good turn. We'll be discussing poems by Ada Limón, Kaveh Akbar, Matthew…

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To Sight's Limit

December 8 - January 25
6:00pm, $Give What You Can

Opening Reception: Sun. Dec. 8 | 6 PM featuring performances by Joshua Edwards and Jibade-Khalil Huffman To Sight’s Limit  in our gallery Dec. 8–Jan. 25  To Sight’s Limit is a group exhibition of works by poets who extend their art with complementary or parallel photographic practices. Included are selections from daybooks, formal interventions, landscapes, abstractions, and depictions of rural life, all of which speak to poetry’s fascinating relationship to observation and memory. Featuring photography by Suzanne Doppelt, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Emily Hunt, Kate Ingold, Eileen Myles,…

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Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

Thursday, December 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014), How I Became a Hum (Octopus, 2019), and three other books of poetry. He is a faculty mentor and assistant director of the Low-Residency Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Siwar Masannat is Jordanian writer, the author of 50 Water Dreams (Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2015), and a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Siwar’s poetry recently appeared in…

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Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

Friday, December 13
4:00pm, $Give What You Can

End-of-semester performance by high school participants from the Milwaukee Queer Writing Project The Milwaukee Queer Writing Project is a dynamic group of LGBT+ students hailing from three Milwaukee-area high schools. Join them as they share the poems and stories they’ve written this fall, and celebrate their achievement alongside their mentors from the UWM English graduate program. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

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Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

December 15 - December 15
12:00pm, Free and open to the public

Join us for an end-of-year celebration with Woodland Pattern staff, board, and fellow community members! Enjoy some mulled wine and other refreshments, music, and great company. Everyone will receive our 10% member discount on purchases made in the bookstore! 

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Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Thursday, December 19
7:00pm, $6

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1: Trench - Steve Nelson-Raney (soprano saxophone), Jay Mollerskov (electric guitar), and Paul Westfahl (percussion) Set 2: Tontine Ensemble - Allen Russell (violin), Molly Lieberman (viola), Patrick Reinholz (cello), and Barry Paul Clark (bass)

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CLOSED

December 23 - January 1
11:00am

We will be closed December 23 through January 1. See you in the new year!

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26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

January 25 - January 26
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

  It’s nearly time for Woodland Pattern’s 26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit! We hope that you’ll consider joining the hundreds of poets, writers, and community members from Milwaukee and beyond who set up camp at the book center for this day-long celebration of poetry and performance. The marathon has become an important cultural tradition not only for Woodland Pattern but for Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood and for writers from around the Great Lakes region. To sustain you through 15 hours of performances by…

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Apr 6 April 6 - June 27
12:15pm, $Give What You Can
Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

Every other Saturday | 12:15-1:30 PM (Dates are subject to change - call to confirm!) Saturday, December 7 Saturday, December 14 Saturday, January 4 Saturday,…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 3 July 3 - December 30
11:00am, $Give What You Can
Dhamma MKE

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle in the gallery led by musician and composer Anthony Deutsch Wednesdays | 11-12 PM Dhamma MKE is a…

Read More

readings & workshops
Oct 22 October 22 - December 31
6:00pm, $Give What You Can
Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

WELCOME HOME! We invite all veterans to join us for this new writing group meeting twice a month. These two-hour…

Read More

readings & workshops
Nov 10 November 10 - December 8
3:00pm, $100 General | $90 Member
Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

In this four-session workshop, we’ll focus on creating tension and surprise in poetry by exploring contemporary poems that shift focus,…

Read More

exhibitions
Dec 8 December 8 - January 25
6:00pm, $Give What You Can
To Sight's Limit

Opening Reception: Sun. Dec. 8 | 6 PM featuring performances by Joshua Edwards and Jibade-Khalil Huffman To Sight’s Limit  in our…

Read More

readings & workshops
Dec 12 Thursday, December 12
7:00pm, $Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014), How I Became a Hum (Octopus, 2019), and…

Read More

readings & workshops
Dec 13 Friday, December 13
4:00pm, $Give What You Can
Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

End-of-semester performance by high school participants from the Milwaukee Queer Writing Project The Milwaukee Queer Writing Project is a dynamic group…

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special events
Dec 15 December 15 - December 15
12:00pm, Free and open to the public
Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

Join us for an end-of-year celebration with Woodland Pattern staff, board, and fellow community members! Enjoy some mulled wine and…

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performances
Dec 19 Thursday, December 19
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee, WI. Set 1:…

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Dec 23 December 23 - January 1
11:00am,
CLOSED

We will be closed December 23 through January 1. See you in the new year!

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special events
Jan 25 January 25 - January 26
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more
26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

  It’s nearly time for Woodland Pattern’s 26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit! We hope that you’ll consider joining the hundreds…

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New Arrivals

Small Press Lorine Niedecker in Spain Natalia Carbajosa
  bruise bullet flower Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger


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bruise bullet flower by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Small Press

bruise bullet flower documents the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black, brown, and mostly queer-identified individuals living under the daily threat of gun violence in the United States.

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