Board of Directors

Paula Kiely

Board Chair

City Librarian (retired) 

Milwaukee Public Library

Samantha Pekarske

Vice Chair

Content Strategist

Standing Partnership 

Mary Gute Witte



COA Youth & Family Centers  

Steve Dittman



Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association  

Vince Bushell


Riverwest Currents, Inc.  

Brenda Cárdenas

Milwaukee Poet Laureate 2010–2012

Professor Emerita, Graduate Program in Creative Writing  

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Matthew J. Hills


DeWitt LLP 

Ed Krishok

Attorney (retired)

Remaining Awake, LLC

Ck Ledesma

Milwaukee Arts Board 2022 Artist of the Year

Founder of Cosecha Creative Space  

Howard Leu

Founder of ArtFluent, LLC 

Margaret Rozga

Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2019–2021

Professor Emerita, Department of English

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha 

Nakeysha Roberts Washington
Founder & CEO of Genre: Urban Arts
Photographer taking self-portrait in mirror with a dslr camera


Karen Campbell

Former Chair of Woodland Pattern Board of Directors  

Bill Embly

Writer, Community Member  

Karl Gartung

Co-founder of Woodland Pattern

Peter Goldberg

Attorney (retired)  

Anne Kingsbury

Co-founder of Woodland Pattern 

Robert Ragir


Jill Sebastian

Professor of Sculpture (retired)

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design



Jenny Gropp &
Laura Solomon
Executive Directors
Michael Wendt
Programming Director
Antonio Vargas-Nieto

Assistant Programming Director 

Alexa Nutile
Education Director
Marla Sanvick
Art Director 
Lewis Freedman
Book Center Manager 
Molly Hassler

Executive Assistant

Chuck Stebelton

Special Projects (at large)


Teaching Poets & Artists


Mikey Murry
Katie Bedolla
Jordan Blanco
LaDasia Bryant
Ajamou Butler
Nikki Janzen
George Jones
Jenna Koch
Liat Mayer   
CJ Scruton
Kathrine Yets


Milwaukee Emerging Poet Fellows


Tasneem Jassar
Ben Binversie


Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate


Emily Igwike
University School of Milwaukee



Kimberly Blaeser

Native Writers in the 21st Century Series

Brenda Cárdenas

Unwriting Borders Poetry Series

Karl Gartung


Nomka Enkhee
Ping Pong Book Club
Roberto Harrison 
Unwriting Borders Poetry Series  
Ae Hee Lee

#ALeetleMoment Interview Series 

Siwar Masannat

Unwriting Borders Poetry Series

Jay Mollerskov 
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music  
Hal Rammel 
Alternating Currents Live Concert Series 
Nakeysha Roberts Washington

Genre: Urban Arts: Revolutionary Arts Criticism Residency 

Takahiro Suzuki 
aCinema Film Series  
Janelle Vanderkelen 
aCinema Film Series

Volunteers & Interns

Jessica Baker, Beck Behnke, Sonia Bendre, Neeraj Bhogvalli, McKinley Blackwell, Julia Buskirk, Bill Embly, Pam Goldman, Oliver Krawczyk, Ae Hee Lee, Mia Lucke, Liat Mayer, Devon McPhee, Alex Niemi, Sabine Peterka, Katya Ravie, Joey Reindl, Allison Thompson, Jackie Valadez, Dalyn Ward, Ed Werstein, Yuchen Zhao

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

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414 263 5001

Hours: Tues–Sun | 12-7 pm

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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