• 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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special events
June 18 -22

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

performances
June 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

special events
June 25 -29

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

readings & workshops
June 28

Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

special events
July 7

Dedicated to the One I Love: Karaoke for Education

readings & workshops
July 10

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

readings & workshops
July 12

Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

readings & workshops
July 14

Genre: Urban Arts Reading

readings & workshops
July 18

Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

performances
July 19

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Featured Upcoming Events

Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

June 18 - June 22
8:30am, No Cost to Participants

Our Youth Literary Arts Program also offers two inter-arts poetry camps each summer. Each poetry camp is a week-long day camp serving 20 students each week. Encouraged to think critically, students respectfully engage with one another's ideas by creating collaborative poems and critiquing each other’s writing. Writing teachers, who are also working artists, present poetry from a wide range of literary traditions and cultural and artistic backgrounds by facilitating discussion to identify techniques, aesthetic choices, and structural components, thus employing active learning…

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, June 21
7:00pm, $6

Details coming soon...

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Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

June 25 - June 29
8:30am, No Cost to Participants

Registration for this week's camp is OPEN!  Get all the information you need HERE Our Youth Literary Arts Program also offers two inter-arts poetry camps each summer. Each poetry camp is a week-long day camp serving 20 students each week. Encouraged to think critically, students respectfully engage with one another's ideas by creating collaborative poems and critiquing each other’s writing. Writing teachers, who are also working artists, present poetry from a wide range of literary traditions and cultural and artistic backgrounds by facilitating…

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Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

Thursday, June 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Join us for a reading to celebrate the publication of Elisa Karbin’s debut collection, Snare, just out from Finishing Line Press! Elisa will read with Jessica L. Walsh, author of How to Break My Neck (About Editions, 2018). Elisa Karbin is the author of Snare (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Her poems have recently appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Indiana Review, The Journal, West Branch and Notre Dame Review, amongst others. A multiple Pushcart nominee, she is the recipient of a…

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Dedicated to the One I Love: Karaoke for Education

Saturday, July 7
7:00pm, Fundraiser

Come sing your heart out and help us raise funds for youth arts education! We’ll provide the mic, the tunes, refreshments, and plenty of applause to cheer you on. This occasion will also be an opportunity too to say thank you and goodbye to our one and only Jessi Carnes, who’s faithfully served the community as Woodland Pattern's Education Director for the past three years. All proceeds raised will benefit Woodland Pattern youth arts programming and Franklin Pierce Elementary. (Photos from this…

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Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Tuesday, July 10
6:30pm, Open to the public!

Bring your chairs, blankets, pets, snacks, beverages and friends to join us for a free, family-friendly night of beautiful Wisconsin poetry at Juneau Park!

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Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

Thursday, July 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Details to come...

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Genre: Urban Arts Reading

Saturday, July 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can

Details coming soon...

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Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

Wednesday, July 18
7:00pm, Give What You Can

RUNS DEEP – 2018 STILL WATERS COLLECTIVE ANTHOLOGY Book Launch "The SWC anthology celebrates our community and craft. It is a showcase of poetry and stories inspired by workshops from our various programs including: PENtastic, FoxTales, The Write In, Voltage, and High School Slam League. Enjoy 60 pieces by teens and adults that tell tales of identity, women empowerment, Milwaukee neighborhoods, racial justice, family, love and more! Our stories matter." - Still Waters Collective website

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, July 19
7:00pm, $6

Details coming soon...

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Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

July 30 - August 10
6:00pm, STORE CLOSED

We will be closed for our annual inventory. We will re-open on Saturday, August 11th! Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Tuesday, August 14
6:30pm, Open to the public!

Bring your chairs, blankets, pets, snacks, beverages and friends to join us for a free, family-friendly night of beautiful Wisconsin poetry at Juneau Park! More details to come.

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Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Thursday, August 16
7:00pm, $6

Details coming soon...

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Featured Upcoming Events


special events
Jun 18 June 18 - June 22
8:30am, No Cost to Participants
Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

Our Youth Literary Arts Program also offers two inter-arts poetry camps each summer. Each poetry camp is a week-long day camp…

Read More

performances
Jun 21 Thursday, June 21
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Details coming soon...

Read More

special events
Jun 25 June 25 - June 29
8:30am, No Cost to Participants
Summer Youth Poetry Camp!

Registration for this week's camp is OPEN!  Get all the information you need HERE Our Youth Literary Arts Program also offers two…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jun 28 Thursday, June 28
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Elisa Karbin & Jessica L. Walsh

Join us for a reading to celebrate the publication of Elisa Karbin’s debut collection, Snare, just out from Finishing Line…

Read More

special events
Jul 7 Saturday, July 7
7:00pm, Fundraiser
Dedicated to the One I Love: Karaoke for Education

Come sing your heart out and help us raise funds for youth arts education! We’ll provide the mic, the tunes,…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 10 Tuesday, July 10
6:30pm, Open to the public!
Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Bring your chairs, blankets, pets, snacks, beverages and friends to join us for a free, family-friendly night of beautiful Wisconsin…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 12 Thursday, July 12
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Poetry Reading: Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh

Details to come...

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 14 Saturday, July 14
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Genre: Urban Arts Reading

Details coming soon...

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 18 Wednesday, July 18
7:00pm, Give What You Can
Book Launch: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

RUNS DEEP – 2018 STILL WATERS COLLECTIVE ANTHOLOGY Book Launch "The SWC anthology celebrates our community and craft. It is a…

Read More

performances
Jul 19 Thursday, July 19
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Details coming soon...

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Jul 30 July 30 - August 10
6:00pm, STORE CLOSED
Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

We will be closed for our annual inventory. We will re-open on Saturday, August 11th! Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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readings & workshops
Aug 14 Tuesday, August 14
6:30pm, Open to the public!
Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

Bring your chairs, blankets, pets, snacks, beverages and friends to join us for a free, family-friendly night of beautiful Wisconsin…

Read More

performances
Aug 16 Thursday, August 16
7:00pm, $6
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Details coming soon...

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New Arrivals

Small Press Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing Anthology
  from unincorporated territory [lukao] Craig Santos Perez
  Do Not Bring Him Water Caitlin Scarano
  The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures Hal Rammel
  Crawlspace Nikki Wallschlaeger
  So What Franklin K.R. Cline


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Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing by Anthology

Small Press

Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing is a poetry chapbook anthology project to honor all who participated in Milwaukee's 1967-68 open housing marches and to envision and help build the inclusive community we need. Inclusive of a range of poets and poetic styles, the chapbook serves as a metaphor for the inclusive neighborhoods we value and seek to build.

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