• 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
readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

Archived special events
Nov 16 Saturday, November 16
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Join us for Woodland Pattern’s 39th Anniversary Gala as we celebrate and honor members from our community. The evening will feature a reception, silent auction, and program with performances by award-winning poet Ron Padgett and musical group Ruth B8r Ginsburg. Proceeds raised will benefit Woodland Pattern’s ongoing programming for contemporary literature and the arts.

at The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee

5 PM: Reception (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction)

7 PM: Program (featuring Ron Padgett and Ruth B8r Ginsburg)

Reception + Program: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance / $30 door

**You can still purchase tickets for the program by giving us a call at (414) 263-5001 from 12-4 PM on 11/16 or at will call. Doors for Program Only tickets will open at 6:45 PM**

In the mid-1960s, Ron Padgett became a vital member of the Second Generation New York School Poets, a group that included Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Joe Brainard, and others. He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, including Great Balls of Fire (1969, reissued 1990); You Never Know (2001); How to Be Perfect (2007); How Long (2011), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Collected Poems (2013), winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. He has also collaborated with Ted Berrigan and the artists Jim Dine and George Schneeman, published numerous collections of prose, and translated work from the French by Guillaume Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars. 

Padgett has been a teacher, director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and publications director at the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and lives in New York City and Vermont.

Ruth B8r Ginsburg is a neo soul-folk group from Milwaukee, with an aim to lift up the people’s voices. In seven-part vocal harmonies, they address a myriad of contemporary issues.

Janine Arseneau
Greg Flegel
National Business Furniture
Reilly, Penner & Benton
Karl Gartung & Anne Kingsbury
Peter Goldberg
Paula Goldman
Riverwest Currents
Beautiful Cleaning
Godfrey & Kahn
Margarete & David Harvey (in honor of Matthea Harvey & Rob Casper)
Riverwest Realty
Rhyme Business Products
Mary Gute Witte & Edward B. Witte

Broadside gifts
DoubleCross Press

Adjunct Press
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Bar / Wonderland
Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Big Heart Healing Arts
Black Husky Brewing
Vince Bushell
Café Corazón
Carenza Salon
Company Brewing
Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits
Sandy Duffy
Florentine Opera
Hotel Washington
Izzy Hops
The Jazz Estate
Anne Kingsbury
Ed Krishok
Erick "CK" Ledesma
Gina Litherland
La Lune Collection
Lynden Sculpture Garden
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Film
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Next Act Theater
Marcelia Nicholson
Pitymilk Press
Poetry Magazine
Powers Jewelry Designers
Present Music
Tabal Chocolate
Darlene Rzezotarski
Harvey Taylor
Ugly Duckling Presse
Urban Ecology Center
Vegetarian Alcoholic Press
Von Trier
Wave Books
Wellspring Organic Farm & Retreat Center
Write On, Door County