We're open!

After more than a year of closure, Woodland Pattern has finally reopened. Our new hours are 12–7 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. For the time being, masks will remain required of all visitors. Please also visit our online book center. We are continuing to offer contactless pickup, and as always we are happy to place special orders.

With the book center reopening, you may be wondering how we’re going to handle events, workshops, and community groups, and the shortest answer is: variously. Throughout June, all programs will remain virtual, but starting in July we will begin offering a mix of online and in-person programs outdoors. While we’re not yet prepared to host larger readings inside the gallery, we plan to do so starting in early fall after testing out some hybrid options this summer. Please stay tuned for more details and thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the unknown. 

Teach with Woodland Pattern


Woodland Pattern is seeking practicing writers and artists to serve as ongoing instructors in its Youth Literary Arts Program. Applicants should have a genuine passion for poetry and the arts and the capacity to support and inspire creativity in young people in grades 3 through 12. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Poetry Camp 2021

Mon–Fri, August 2–6 from 8:30 am–3:30 pm | In-Person Program

Woodland Pattern’s Poetry Camp is a free-of-cost, five-day, inter-arts camp aimed at helping young people embrace their own stories and feel confident about telling them! Each day includes breakfast, two hours of focused writing, a workshop with a guest artist, lunch, and a field trip. Throughout the week, students write and participate in a range of creative activities, working not only with poets and spoken word artists, but also with actors, performance coaches, musicians, and visual artists. By the end of the week, students have produced various art works, and created a body of new writing that is performed before the community and commemorated in print.  At the end of camp, each student also receives a $100 allowance to purchase books of their choosing to help build their personal libraries. 

Poetry Camp is open to Milwaukee youth entering grades 6-12. Space is limited, and early sign-up is encouraged. We will be implementing procedures to create a safe environment for all. For details visit our Youth page.

Questions? Contact: Alexa Nutile, Education Director



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Poetry in the Park: Stacy Blint, Reggie Finlayson, Karl Gartung, & Thulani Davis *IN-PERSON*

Tue. Aug. 10 | 6:30 pm | $Give What You Can

Poetry in the Park returns! Join us at Juneau Park, 900 N. Prospect Ave.

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Sound & the Poetic Spirit: A Workshop with giovanni singleton *ONLINE*

Sat. Aug. 14 | 2 - 5 pm CDT | FREE for Milwaukee residents with limited enrollment.

Presented in partnership with Milwaukee Public Library, this workshop will extend our ongoing Prompts Against Anxiety project. A prompt from giovanni singleton will be made available for all ahead of the workshop. 

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(Image courtesy of Librarians and Archivists with Palestine)

One Book, Many Communities: Discussion of Minor Detail by Adania Shibli *IN-PERSON*

Thurs. Aug. 19 | 6 pm CDT

Discussion of Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (New Directions, 2020). Led by Bob Hanson as part of Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’s One Book, Many Communities. (Copies of Minor Detail are available at our book center.)

The 2021 title for Librarians and Archivists with Palestine’s international reading campaign, One Book, Many Communities is Minor Detail by Adania Shibli, translated from the original Arabic by Elisabeth Jacquette. Published in English in 2020, Minor Detail has been longlisted as a 2021 International Booker Prize Finalist for the National Book Award.

Content warning: this book contains mentions and depictions of sexual violence, including sexual violence perpetrated against a person who is likely underage.

(Virtual attendance is possible. Please follow the link below for more information.)

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