Poetry Camp Kickoff!

Today was the first day of Woodland Pattern’s Poetry Camp 2016, and boy was it a hot one! The participants, along with the instructors for the week had the opportunity to go to Urban Ecology Center (Riverside) and experience nature a little bit. While at the Urban Ecology Center, the group was led on a hike by one of the employees. During the hike, there were several opportunities for students to use nature to inspire and jump start their creative processes. After visiting the UEC, the group came back to the Woodland Pattern Bookstore and enjoyed a nice lunch while sipping water or lemonade from little cute mason jars provided by the camp’s coordinator. After lunch, the groups were split in two, the group of high schoolers and the group of middle schoolers. From that point, each group went to their designated locations where they either worked on poetry or began to create a collage for the group’s anthology that each participant will receive at the end of the week.



All poetry camp blogs are written by Nahjai Trotter. Nahjai is a former poetry camp student who has come back as a Social Media intern. She will be blogging and posting to social media each day. Follow her tweets and posts by searching #WPpoetrycamp.

Woodland Pattern’s Poetry Camp participants write & record songs

Woodland Pattern’s Urban Youth Literary Arts Program will host a free Inter-Arts Poetry Summer Camp running Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1 from 8:30-3:30. Poetry Camp is open to students grades 4-12 and features breakfast, writing workshops, guest artist visits, field trips, and lunch.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills by working with Milwaukee poets and artists from a wide range of literary traditions and cultural and artistic backgrounds. Encouraged to think critically, students respectfully engage with one another’s ideas by creating collaborative poems and critiquing each other’s writings.  Continue reading

Sarah Richards Graba reviews 100 Chinese Silences by Timothy Yu

Join Timothy Yu (100 Chinese Silences) and Mike Hauser (Red and White Balloons) on June 2, 2016 at 7 PM for a FREE Book Release Reading at Woodland Pattern. More Information Here.


100 Chinese Silences
Timothy Yu
Les Figues Press, 2016

I read 100 Chinese Silences out loud.

When I settled in the read Timothy Yu’s first full-length book of poetry, it was raining, I was alone, and I didn’t turn on background music. I read the first ten Chinese silences in, well, silence. Then I realized I didn’t want to do that; I didn’t want to read this particular book in particular that way. So I started over and began reading them aloud, to myself, one by one, in my empty home, surrounded by steely sky. Continue reading