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Woodland Pattern and its partners are excited to announce the second annual Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate cycle and initiative!

Submissions for the Laureateship will open on December 1 and close on March 24. Finalists will be selected in April and receive performance coaching to help them prepare for a juried event in May at the Milwaukee Public Library's central branch.


Applicants must be Milwaukee County high school sophomores or juniors.

Application Process

  • Submit 5 poems + a CV outlining extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and/or academic honors by March 24, 2024.
  • Finalists will be selected in April to compete at a juried Poetry Reading in May.

The Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate will receive:

  • A $500 book allowance
  • A paid summer internship with Woodland Pattern (including a Poetry Camp counselor position)
  • Ongoing mentorship and support from Woodland Pattern throughout the Laureateship
  • A full-ride scholarship to participate in UW-Madison's Pass the Mic Festival hosted by First Wave
  • Opportunities to perform around the city, compete in regional and national titles, lead writing workshops for fellow youth poets, and connect with local organizations to spotlight social causes
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.