• 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

A cornerstone of Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, Woodland Pattern is a nonprofit book center, gallery, and performance space. Since 1980, we have presented cultural events and educational programs that promote advanced literacy and creative expression in people of all ages while encouraging exchange across the performing, visual, and literary arts.

With your support, Woodland Pattern:

  • Hosts over 350 events annually—poetry readings, film screenings, musical performances, and art exhibitions

  • Provides after-school and summer literary arts education to over 300 students in the Riverwest/Harambee area

  • Offers workshops, master classes with visiting writers, and other adult education opportunities

  • Offers its space regularly to writing groups, book clubs, and numerous community events

  • Engages approximately 19,000 people each year from the greater Milwaukee area and beyond

  • Has presented and supported thousands of local, regional, and international authors and artists 

For forty years, our doors have remained open to further a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, however, Woodland Pattern has been forced to close for the first time in four decades. Despite these circumstances, our mission remains unchanged: we are dedicated to the discovery, cultivation, and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts, and are finding alternative ways to continue facilitating programs and projects that serve our local and national communities during this crisis.

Your support has never been more needed than now and will be crucial to ensuring that Woodland Pattern re-emerges from this pandemic intact. Thank you for helping us weather this storm while continuing to advance the fundamental benefits associated with a life enriched by reading and writing.

If you have benefited from our programs in the past, or have been touched in any way by the work we do, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. 





(If you have trouble donating directly on our site, please visit www.woodlandpattern.kindful.com to make your gift)