• 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 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28


readings & workshops
December 4

Readings from Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from Madison and Milwaukee High Schools

readings & workshops
December 5

Poetry Reading: Bryon Cherry, Sam Pekarske, Bethany Price, and Kelly Sexton

film & video
December 6

aCinema presents Nervous Translation

December 8 - Jan 26

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1


Archived special events
Nov 16 Saturday, November 16
5:00pm, Program + Reception: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance

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.