• 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
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

performances
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

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

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

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the bookstore, during special events, and in other capacities. Those interested in gaining non-profit experience, knowledge of the literary world and of 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 especially in need of volunteers to help fill Tuesday-Friday 5-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12p-5p. Weekend availability required.

Bookstore volunteers work on a rotating schedule so that no one person works every weekend.

Special Events Volunteers

We hold four special events per year:

  • Poetry Marathon in January
  • Community Ties Raffle during Locust Street Festival in June 
  • HAIKU/BIKeU during Riverwest 24 in July
  • Annual Anniversary Gala in November

Every year we call volunteers to ask if they're available to help out during the actual events. Call us to be added to the list.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently searching for volunteers interested in working closely with specific staff on specialized projects. Inquire for more information to volunteer in these areas:

  • Marketing, Social Media, & Development
  • Programming, Inventory, & Distribution
  • Systems & Data Management

Join our team and volunteer!

Donate

For almost forty 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. 

With your support, Woodland Pattern:

  • Hosts over 250 events annually—poetry readings, film screenings, musical performances, and art exhibitions
  • Provides after-school and summer literary arts education to over 300 students in the Riverwest/Harambee area
  • Offers workshops, master classes with visiting writers, and other adult education opportunities
  • Offers its space regularly to writing groups, book clubs, and numerous community events
  • Engages over 17,000 people each year from the greater Milwaukee area and beyond
  • Has presented and supported thousands of local, regional, and international authors and artists 

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. 

THOSE WHO DONATE $35 OR MORE RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY YEAR-LONG MEMBERSHIP.

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