• 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
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readings & workshops
August 1

Poetry Reading: Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas 

readings & workshops
August 8

Poetry Reading: Poetry in the Park

special events
August 12

Joan LoPresti & Bob Danner

readings & workshops
August 13

Poetry Reading: Matthew Johnstone, Annie Grizzle & Nathan Fredrick

Featured Upcoming Events

Poetry Reading: Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas

Tuesday, August 1
7:00pm, FREE

  Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and recombinant and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. A senior editor of The Conversant, they serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts.…

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Book Release Signing

Saturday, August 12
1:00pm, Free

Join us for a book signing and celebration with Joan LoPresti (author) and Bob Danner (illustrator) of their new children's book, "What's the Big Idea"? ABOUT THE BOOK Wouldn't it be fun to read a book about how kids think using retro-like illustrations? What's the big idea? is meant to get young children thinking about where ideas come from and how we learn to place value on them. Each page is composed of opposite thoughts/actions that are very relatable to the actual…

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Poetry Reading: Matthew Johnstone, Annie Grizzle & Nathan Fredrick

Sunday, August 13
7:00pm, FREE

Come celebrate the publication of Matthew Johnstone's Eater, of Mouths courtesy of Milwaukee's own Vegetarian Alcoholic Press! featuring... Matthew Johnstone is the author of the collection 'Let's be close  Rope to mast  you, Old light' (Blue & Yellow Dog, 2010), and the chapbooks 'o n e' (Inpatient Press), 'Note on Tundra' (DoubleCross Press), '( Kiln )' (above/ground press, forthcoming), and 'Eater, of mouths' (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2017). He co-edits the online journal 'Pider,' and hosts the Et Al. Poetry Readings, both of Nashville, Tennessee. Annie Grizzle is a multimedia artist interested…

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Legacy Fund


The Woodland Pattern Board announces the retirement of Anne Kingsbury as a Founding Executive Director on March 30, 2018.

Help sustain Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung's vision of a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Aug 1 Tuesday, August 1
7:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas

  Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and recombinant and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate…

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special events
Aug 12 Saturday, August 12
1:00pm, Free
Book Release Signing

Join us for a book signing and celebration with Joan LoPresti (author) and Bob Danner (illustrator) of their new children's…

Read More

readings & workshops
Aug 13 Sunday, August 13
7:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Matthew Johnstone, Annie Grizzle & Nathan Fredrick

Come celebrate the publication of Matthew Johnstone's Eater, of Mouths courtesy of Milwaukee's own Vegetarian Alcoholic Press! featuring... Matthew Johnstone is the author of the collection 'Let's…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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