|Woodland Pattern Book Center was founded as a non-profit organization in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest neighborhood by Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung in 1979. The
name "Woodland Pattern" was chosen from a passage in Paul Metcalf's
Apalache: "South of Lake Superior, a culture center, the Woodland Pattern,
with pottery but without agriculture..." Thanks to the hard work and
sustained effort of volunteers, Woodland Pattern became a nationally
recognized cultural hub, and the staff (we are paid now!) is still working
hard to uphold this vitality.
The center houses a bookstore with over 25,000 small press titles otherwise
unavailable in our area. Because we are nonprofit, our inventory decisions
aren't dictated entirely by commercialism. As booksellers and as presenters
of art and literature, we want people to know that there is more than what
you see at your chain book store, more than you are taught in school, more
than what is reviewed in the papers. We hope to act as a catalyst, putting
readers together with small press literature. Come browse our selection of
poetry, chapbooks, fine print materials, broadsides, and multicultural
literature. We think you'll be impressed!
Our space also includes an art gallery where we present exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for
adults and children.
We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.