• 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
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

performances
March 24

Julie Ezelle Patton + Paul Van Curen + Melinda Zitnick

readings & workshops
March 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
March 27

Reading: novelist Halle Butler

readings & workshops
March 28

UWM United We Read: Student / Faculty Reading Series

readings & workshops
April 3

Reading: Tommy Pico

readings & workshops
April 4

Master Class - The Library Is Open: A Workshop on Reading (Yr Poems [Out Loud])

film & video
April 5

aCinema presents: Tarpaulins

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
April 7

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop

readings & workshops
April 9

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 12

Community Reading: Tea Krulos

readings & workshops
April 13

Poetry Reading: Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué & Edgar Garcia

readings & workshops
April 13

Master Class: How To Lose Every Little Thing

readings & workshops
April 14

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
April 17

Community Event: Stonewall Stage Talks: Bisexuality 101

performances
April 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 28

Release & Let Go: A Journal Writing Workshop with Heddy Keith

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

About

Founded by Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung in 1979, Woodland Pattern is a non-profit book center, gallery, and performance space located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest neighborhood. A cornerstone of our community, Woodland Pattern provides people a space to gather, study, perform, exchange ideas, and build relationships across racial, generational, and other perceived barriers.

For nearly forty years, Woodland Pattern has presented internationally celebrated artists alongside performances by local and regional writers, artists, and musicians. Woodland Pattern also delivers year-round literary arts education to all age groups, and the book center holds a carefully curated and nationally recognized collection of over 25,000 titles of poetry, small press literature, and literary ephemera. Our Native American section is the largest in Wisconsin.

The name Woodland Pattern was chosen from a passage in Paul Metcalf's Apalache: "South of Lake Superior, a culture center, the Woodland Pattern, with pottery but without agriculture..." Thanks to the hard work and sustained effort of volunteers, Woodland Pattern became a nationally recognized cultural hub, and the staff (we are paid now!) is still working hard to uphold this vitality.

We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.