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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived special events
Nov 17 Saturday, November 17
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist:

Woodland Pattern Book Center's 38th Anniversary Gala

The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee

Please join us at Woodland Pattern's 38th Annual Anniversary Gala, a cultural milestone celebrating American poetry, the arts, and everyone—including you—who has for nearly four decades made our organization’s work possible.

The evening will feature a collaborative performance by award-winning writer Nathaniel Mackey and acclaimed jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell, as well as an address by Jen Benka, President of the Academy of American Poets. Our honorees will include longtime Woodland Pattern Board Chair Karen Campbell and volunteer Jean Gurney, with special gratitude to philanthropist Lynde Uihlein for magnanimous support of Woodland Pattern and cultural life in Milwaukee.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit Woodland Pattern’s many activities that support writers, artists, and musicians from Milwaukee and beyond.


5 pm: Reception 

Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, & silent auction

7 pm: Program

Address by Jen Benka
Recognition of honorees
Performance by Nathaniel Mackey & Marilyn Crispell


Reception + Program: $80 individual / $150 couple

Program Only: $25 advance / $30 door


You can purchase tickets here, give us a call, or stop in!

Gala Ticket Options


About the performers:

Nathaniel Mackey is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which are Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015) and Outer Pradesh (Anomalous Press, 2014); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fifth and most recent volume is Late Arcade (New Directions, 2017) and whose first three volumes have been published together as From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 (New Directions, 2010); and two books of criticism. He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone. His awards and honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award, election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, a National Book Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Duke University.

Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist and with players on the American and international jazz scene, also working with dancers, poets, filmmakers, and visual artists, and teaching workshops in improvisation. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission.




Janine Arseneau & Family

Jori Azinger / HeartSpace Acupuncture

Bartolotta Restaurants

Jen Benka

John Benka

Stacy Blint

Michael Bootzin

Brian Borchardt & Jeff Morin

Lodewijk Broekhuizen

Vince Bushell

Karen Campbell & Kevin Ronnie

Café Corazón


CA Conrad

The Cooperage

Nola Hitchcock Cross


Jacqueline Dettloff

Greg Flegel

Peter Goldberg

Karl Gartung & Anne Kingsbury

Heddy Keith

Nicholas Lampert

Raquel Lauritzen

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Anita Pietrykowski

Christine Prevetti

Poetry Magazine

Present Music

Riverwest Yogashala

Darlene Rzezotarski

Virginia Small

South Shore Gallery & Framing

Claire Stillman / Big Heart Healing Arts

Strauss Brands

The Tandem

Harvey Taylor

United Performing Arts Fund

Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

Wave Books

Mary Gute Witte & Edward B. L. (Ned) Witte


If you are interested in sponsorship, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. Thank you!

Sponsorship Options