Woodland Pattern Book Center

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Woodland Pattern Book Center
FounderKarl Gartung
Anne Kingsbury
Focusliterature, visual art, experimental music
Key people
Anne Kingsbury
WebsiteOfficial website

Woodland Pattern Book Center is a nonprofit organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest neighborhood that seeks to present small press literature, readings, visual art, and experimental music with a focus on contemporary practice.[1] The organization was founded in 1979.[2] It is named for a line in a poem published in Paul Metcalf's Apalache.

Programs and services[edit]

Woodland Pattern operates a bookstore specializing in poetry, multicultural literature, and books published by small and independent presses. The bookstore's collection exceeds 25,000 titles, including a selection of chapbooks, zines, regional literary journals, and one-of-a-kind artist's books.[3]

Woodland Pattern is known for its community alliances, its efforts to bridge cultural and genre divides, and the diversity of its offerings, as well as its emphasis on new (experimental) writers and writing. An art gallery offers space for exhibitions as well as performances, film screenings, classes, installations, conferences, symposia and workshops.[4][5]

Poet Jerome Rothenberg has praised Woodland Pattern's reputation as "national in scope, and I know of no other center - anywhere in the U.S. - that has carried on a more intricate and demanding program in the literary arts".[6]


  1. ^ Nguyen, Tam. "Woodland Pattern: An Enduring Commitment to the Written Word". Third Coast Digest. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  2. ^ "About Us". Woodland Pattern Book Center. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  3. ^ Vuk, Mary (October 2005). "Woodland Pattern - 25 Years". Riverwest Currents. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Woodland Pattern Celebrates 30 Years as Literary Beacon". OnMilwaukee.com. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Cultural Institutions: Woodland Pattern Book Center" in Sisson, Richard & Andrew Robert Lee Cayton. The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2007; p. 681
  6. ^ Sharma-Jensen, Geeta (12 November 2005). "Many Chapters Ahead for Bookstore". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.