Woodland Pattern Book Center

Off the Cuff talks to Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Mike Wendt about their upcoming Poetry Marathon, a tradition going into its 25th year. Read more

Off the Cuff

Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates the winter solstice and the 40th anniversary of Bernadette Mayer’s epic poem, Midwinter Day, with a community reading of the poem on Dec. 22. Read more


Theodore Van Alst Jr., an associate professor and the chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana, will read from his novel Sacred Smokes on Nov. 27 at the UW-Milwaukee Library. Read more


Woodland Pattern Book Center celebrates its 38th year as a Milwaukee cultural institution with its Annual Anniversary Gala Nov. 17 at The Cooperage. Read more


Founded in 1979, Woodland Pattern Book Center is nationally known for its collection of more than 26,000 small press books. Read more


Juneau Park Friends and Woodland Pattern Book Center will welcome an eclectic mix of local poets to the park for an absorbing evening of prose and spoken word beginning on Aug. 14. Read more


Poet Rena Priest will read from her new collection, Patriarchy Blues, at Woodland Pattern Book Center on May 2. Read more


Boswell Book Company and the UW-Milwaukee Student Union, present an evening with Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad on Wednesday, January 31 in the UWM Union Ballroom. Read more


Woodland Pattern Book Center is an independent bookshop that continues to thrive amidst the national collapse of bookshops. What’s their secret to success? Read more

News Features

Tontine Ensemble

Photo credit: David Szymanski

For the fourth year running, the two improvisational Milwaukee combos delivered exciting performances at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Read more

Concert Reviews

Milwaukee has a long history of LGBTQ poets, including two, Antler and Jeff Poniewaz, who served as the city’s poet laureate. Read more


Milwaukee’s streetwise Vegetarian Alcoholic Press hosts author appearances at RedLine Gallery on Nov. 18 and at Woodland Pattern Book Center on Nov. 19. Read more

, Books

The exhibition at Woodland Pattern Book Center, “Vicki, with an i," is organized by Michelle Grabner and features six artists addressing what is described as “the changing power dynamics afforded women in western culture." Read more

Visual Arts

Derrick Harriell’s poems pulse with a musical energy as they explore complex topics including death, racism and religion by employing a heavy funk influence. Read more


Handel’s operas are teeming with animals! Stroll the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden in search of the lion, bee, nightingale, snake, elephant, frog, dove, stag, tiger – even a phoenix! Come explore the menagerie created when Danceworks Perf.. Read more


The 23rd Annual Woodland Pattern Book Center Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit runs 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 through 1 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. Read more


Ruthie answers a question from a reader trying to determine whether his new boyfriend is abusive. Exciting upcoming events include a kink party at Hybrid Lounge, Jan. 13; The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 39th anniversary at the Oriental Thea... Read more

Dear Ruthie

Photographer and filmmaker Dick Blau takes on the pachyderm as subject in Elephant House, his exhibition currently on view at Woodland Pattern Book Center through Jan. 31. Read more

Visual Arts

A new coloring book intended mainly for adults is “Retrospective: Reginald Baylor Studio Coloring Book, 1994-2015,” and is available on the artist’s website. Read more

Visual Arts

Scythe, the first book in a chilling new series by Neal Shusterman, who has also written screenplays for films and TV shows, will be the topic of discussion by the author at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Shorewood Public Library. Read more