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Saturday, April 26, 7pm, $5-$8 Milwaukee Poets Laureate Reading Series: Susan Firer and guest poet Dorothea Lasky
Wednesday, April 30, 7pm, Free
Stephanie Young & Alli Warren @ Microlights, 2541 N. Bremen St.

Friday, May 2, 7pm, $5-$8 Milwaukee Poets Laureate Reading Series: Brenda Cárdenas and guest poet Douglas Kearney
Saturday, May 3, 10am Workshop with Douglas Kearney
"Unsung & Retuned" workshop w/ Douglas Kearney
Sunday, May 4, 7pm, $5-$8 Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge, with Mwata Bowden, Rob Mazurek, Matt Lux, Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau
Friday, May 9, 7pm, Free Nathan Hoks, Genevieve Kaplan and Joel Craig
Saturday, May 10, 7pm, $5-$8 Milwaukee Poets Laureate Reading Series: Jeff Poniewaz and guest poet David Cope
Saturday, May 17, 7pm, $5-$8 Milwaukee Poets Laureate Reading Series: Antler and guest poet Howard Nelson
Sunday, May 18, 2pm, $4 Steve Nelson-Raney, saxophone and Devin Drobka, drums

Friday, May 23, 7pm, Free Nicholas Grider and Paul Druecke Book Release Reading

Sunday, June 1, 7pm, $5-$8 Alternating Currents Live presents The Edward Wilkerson Ensemble
Sunday, June 1 through Thursday, June 5 Lynden Sculpture Garden featuring Writer-in-Residence Bhanu Kapil
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Sunday, June 8, 11am-8pm Locust Street Festival
Saturday, June 21, 7pm, $5-$8 Between Print and Pixels featuring Stephanie Strickland, Amaranth Borsuk and Ian Hatcher
Sunday, June 29, 7pm, $5-$8 Alternating Currents Live presents the Tim Daisy and Jason Stein Duo


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Featured Readings: $8 general, $7 students and seniors, $6 members.
Redletter Readings: $3 general, $2 open mic readers.
Experimental Film & Video: $4.
Workshops: See Workshop page.

Bookstore Volunteer

Woodland Pattern is looking for an enthusiastic and reliable weekend Bookstore Volunteer. Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world, and having a space to read and write from 12pm-5pm on Saturdays and/or Sundays should contact Chuck Stebelton, Literary Program Director, 414-263-5001 for more information.

Required availabilities: Saturdays and/or Sundays 12pm-5pm

* After 15 hours, volunteers are eligible for a 30% discount on store merchandise and free admittance to events. (Some restrictions do apply).


Wisconsin Center for the Book

Clayton Eshleman discusses César Vallejo, literary translation, and the poet's formation.

Community Reviews
These reviewers bought the book at Woodland Pattern.

Getting to Know Woodland Pattern: Bookstore Manager Karl Saffran
interviewed by Stephanie Lecci of WUWM Lake Effect
broadcast March 16, 2010.

Interview on the 2009 Woodland Pattern Marathon with Dasha Kelly, Tia Richardson, and Charles Ries
by Bonnie North of WUWM Lake Effect
broadcast January 30, 2009.

Interview on the 2008 Woodland Pattern Marathon Interview with Jackie Lalley
by Mitch Teich of WUWM Lake Effect
broadcast January 25, 2008.

Interview with Ron Padgett
by Bonnie North of WUWM Lake Effect
broadcast May 9, 2007.

Susan Firer and guest Dorothea Lasky

Saturday, April 26, 7pm
Susan Firer Dorothea Lasky
Susan Firer Dorothea Lasky


Brenda Cárdenas and guest Douglas Kearney

Friday, May 2, 7pm
Brenda Cárdenas Douglas Kearney
Brenda Cárdenas Douglas Kearney


Unsung & Retuned:
Using Song Lyrics in Poetry

with Douglas Kearney

Saturday, May 3, 10am-Noon


The Bridge #4
a Paris/Chicago musical collaboration

Sunday, May 4, 7pm
Mwata Bowden, Rob Mazurek, Matt Lux, Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau

with Mwata Bowden, Rob Mazurek, Matt Lux,
Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau


Nathan Hoks, Genevieve Kaplan, Joel Craig

Friday, May 9, 7pm
Nathan Hoks Genevieve Kaplan Joel Craig
Nathan Hoks Genevieve Kaplan Joel Craig


Jeff Poniewaz and guest David Cope

Saturday, May 10, 7pm
Jeff Poniewaz David Cope
Jeff Poniewaz David Cope


Recorded at the
John Cage Literary Musicircus
August 26, 2012

Photography by Paul Mitchell
Audio by Thomas Gaudynski

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"everything a bookstore should be..."
HTML Giant interview with WP's Robert J. Baumann

* Urban Youth Literary Arts Program *
Young Writers Shine

Music Marathon 2009
Edible Book Show 2009
Poetry Marathon 2009
The Shapes of Sound 1997
Redletter Reading 8/18/06
25th Anniversary
Spring 2004 Events
William Corbett
Baraka at Woodland Pattern
Niedecker Centenary Conference


Any time of the year, it's important to remember to shop at Local Independent Book Centers. Here are nine reasons to do all of your book shopping at Woodland Pattern!
  1. We have one of the most remarkable and current poetry selections in the country.
  2. We carry books that can't be found in any other bookstores in the Midwest.
  3. We support small presses. We carry over 20,000 small press titles on our shelves.
  4. We have a broad selection of quality literature. On our shelves, you can find self-published books by emerging writers alongside titles by established authors.
  5. Sure, shopping online you can maybe find what you are looking for, but here you can find books you didn't even know you were looking for.
  6. We are a non-profit. Which means we don't let commercial shelf space dictate our purchasing decisions.
  7. Members of Woodland Pattern receive 10% off purchases, $5 off workshops, and discounts on tickets.
  8. Woodland Pattern supports writers by carrying their books on consignment. In 2008, we paid over $3,700 to over 140 individuals that had books on consignment.
  9. If you can't find it in our store, we can order it for you. Can't think of the right book? Get a gift certificate!
* Send us YOUR reasons for shopping at Woodland Pattern—we'll put them on the website.

Anne Kingsbury Named 2008 Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

The Alternating Currents Live series of new music is co-sponsored by WMSE (91.7 FM) and Woodland Pattern and hosted by Hal Rammel. These concerts are broadcast on Alternating Currents the following Sunday evening, 6-9pm, on WMSE-FM. Performers have included Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jaap Blonk, Robin Holcomb, and Pauline Oliveros.

Experimental Film and Video series is co-sponsored by the UWM Film and Video Department and curated by Carl Bogner. It has featured work by Jack Smith, Stan Brakhage and Joseph Cornell as well as work by local filmmakers Stephanie Barber and Jennifer Montgomery. It is the last Friday of the month, begins at 7pm and costs $4.

Redletter is a reading series featuring local and regional poets and writers on the third Friday of each month, and is curated by Chuck Stebelton. The program begins at 7 p.m. with an open mic, followed by two featured readers. The cost is $3, or $2 for open mic readers.


Woodland Pattern programming is made possible through support from... The Helen Bader Foundation, The Brico Fund, The Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation, The Department of Public Instruction, The Fund for Poetry, The Gardner Foundation, The Milwaukee Arts Board, The Faye McBeath Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board, Milwaukee County, The Community Development Block Grant and individual donors.

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