• 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
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets


We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the bookstore and during special events. Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world and book store operations, please contact Marla Sanvick at marlas@woodlandpattern.org or 414.263.5001 

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

Bookstore Volunteers

Woodland Pattern is looking for enthusiastic and reliable Bookstore Volunteers! We are in need of volunteers to help fill Tuesday-Friday 5-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12p-5p. Weekend availability required.

Bookstore volunteers are on a rotation so that no one person works every weekend.

Join our team and volunteer!


For almost thirty-five years our doors have remained open to further a lifetime practice of reading and writing for all.  We are proud to play an important role in bringing together artists and communities with programs.

As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization, we could not have done it without you. 

In 2014, with your support, we have hosted:

  • workshops
  • 2 writers-in-residence
  • 48 readings
  • 14 music events
  • 5 film screenings
  • 30 volunteers/interns

Additionally, we have served approximately 15,000 community members, including:

  • 3,400 program participants and attendees, and
  • 575 Milwaukee youth through our Urban Youth Literary Arts program

We know success doesn’t mean getting to stop - or even slow down! A literate nation is built one reader at a time. 

If you have benefited from our programs in the past, or have been touched in any way by the work we do, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.