• 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
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

special events
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27


readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

special events
Nov 16 Saturday, November 16
5:00pm, Program + Reception: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance

Join us for Woodland Pattern’s 39th Anniversary Gala as we celebrate and honor members from our community. The evening will feature a reception, silent auction, and program with performances by award-winning poet Ron Padgett and musical group Ruth B8r Ginsburg. Proceeds raised will benefit Woodland Pattern’s ongoing programming for contemporary literature and the arts.

at The Cooperage - 822 S. Water St., Milwaukee

5 PM: Reception (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction)

7 PM: Program (featuring Ron Padgett and Ruth B8er Ginsburg)

Reception + Program: $80 individual / $150 couple | Program Only: $25 advance / $30 door

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In the mid-1960s, Ron Padgett became a vital member of the Second Generation New York School Poets, a group that included Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Joe Brainard, and others. He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, including Great Balls of Fire (1969, reissued 1990); You Never Know (2001); How to Be Perfect (2007); How Long (2011), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Collected Poems (2013), winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize. He has also collaborated with Ted Berrigan and the artists Jim Dine and George Schneeman, published numerous collections of prose, and translated work from the French by Guillaume Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars. 

Padgett has been a teacher, director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and publications director at the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and lives in New York City and Vermont.

Ruth B8r Ginsburg is a neo soul-folk group from Milwaukee, with an aim to lift up the people’s voices. In seven-part vocal harmonies, they address a myriad of contemporary issues.