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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.


Screening: aCinema featuring Alice Cohen, Natasha Cantwell, and Ce Pams

Available to view throughout May

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


Meditation & Reading Group: DhammaMKE

Wed. June 1 | 6 PM | $Give What You Can

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Reading Group: Ping Pong Book Club

Wed. June 8 | 5:30-7 pm CDT | Open to the public

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Community Group: Readshop

Sat. May 14 | 12:15-1:30 pm CST | $Give What You Can

Readshop is currently reading Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony.

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Poetry in the Park—At Juneau Park

Featuring readings from Thulani Davis, Abraham Smith, Steve Timm, and Mario “The Poet” Willis


Tues. June 14 | 6:30 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Concert: Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Featuring Jay Mollerskov, Jim Schoenecker, and Laminal Animil (Luke Leavitt, Tim Russell, Ari Smith)


Thurs. June 16 | 7 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Poetry Reading: Franklin K.R. Cline and Destinny Fletcher

Sat. June 25 | 7 pm CDT | $Give What You Can

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Announcing two new fellowships!


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.

Volunteer 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 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

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.

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