• 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
March 6 - Jun 12

Dhamma MKE, a breath-based meditation circle

readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

performances
April 26

Cross / Pollinate: Ruth B8r, L Allen, Apollo Vermouth, J Janzer

readings & workshops
April 27

Reading: Dara Wier

film & video
May 3

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
May 4

Poetry Reading: Mary-Kim Arnold & Kate Colby

performances
May 5

Performance: The Bridge #2.1

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
May 9

Poetry Reading: Morgan Parker & Becca Klaver

film & video
May 10

Screening: Milwaukee Kitchen Viewing Party

readings & workshops
May 18

Poetry Reading: Lila Zemborain & Elias Sepulveda

readings & workshops
May 23

Poetry Reading: David Welch & Jacob Saenz

performances
May 26

Alternating Currents Live presents: Jim Baker + special guest

About

Founded by Anne Kingsbury and Karl Gartung in 1979, Woodland Pattern is a non-profit book center, gallery, and performance space located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest neighborhood. A cornerstone of our community, Woodland Pattern provides people a space to gather, study, perform, exchange ideas, and build relationships across racial, generational, and other perceived barriers.

For nearly forty years, Woodland Pattern has presented internationally celebrated artists alongside performances by local and regional writers, artists, and musicians. Woodland Pattern also delivers year-round literary arts education to all age groups, and the book center holds a carefully curated and nationally recognized collection of over 25,000 titles of poetry, small press literature, and literary ephemera. Our Native American section is the largest in Wisconsin.

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.

We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.