Since our reopening, some community writing and reading groups are continuing to meet online while others are meeting in person. For more information or to join a group, please contact our Education Director Alexa Nutile.


Led by poet and Woodland Pattern co-founder Karl Gartung, Readshops are community sessions dedicated to exploring texts from the 20th century that have often been labeled "difficult." Participants take turns reading the poetry aloud, discussing it as questions arise—on the spot, as deeply as needed.

The group is reading from Robin Blaser’s The Holy Forest, which, spanning five decades, is Blaser's highly acclaimed lifelong serial poem. "Blaser plays his poems like an instrument. The glorious phrases that come forth ring with the memory of fairy tale, myth, gospel, but hang hard on to the modern world in his variety of measure and stress. Blaser is moving us all forward to a less certain result through a forest that has few resting places where the sun stays for longer than a minute." ―Fanny Howe

Readshop meets on alternating Wednesdays from 6–7:15 PM. This group is currently meeting virtually. Contact us for more information.


Wednesday Writers

Wednesday Writers has been meeting at Woodland Pattern for over a decade. The group formed after a series of memoir and poetry workshops led by 2009 writers-in-residence Maureen Owen and Jack Collom. Participants meet weekly to share and discuss their writing, and every October host a reading celebration.

Wednesday Writers is continuing to meet virtually on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Contact for more information.


Ping Pong Book Club

The Ping Pong Book Club invites AAPI people to read together in an environment of solace and nourishment—to connect and share in conversation through literature, especially during times of distress. Our goal is to exchange thoughts, experiences and feelings among one another, a back-and-forth, like table tennis, or simply ping pong. The reading material will focus on fiction and nonfiction literature specifically by female, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ writers, with a focus on art and artists writings. The Ping Pong Book Club is led by artist Nomka Enkhee, who lives and works in Milwaukee.

The Ping Pong Book Club recognizes the term AAPI as a huge umbrella that covers many global diasporic communities including different languages, religions, and cultures. We understand this term designed to encompass such a vast and multifaceted group has its limitations and want to create a community that is diverse and truly representative. Therefore we welcome everyone whose identities are tied in location to South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia.

On April 9, 2024, the group began discussing Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa.

Ping Pong Book Club meets in person at Woodland Pattern on alternating Tuesdays from 6–7 PM.


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

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Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414 263 5001

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Closed Mon

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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